The Independent Market Observer

Monday Update: Service Sector Confidence Surges to Record High

Medical and Economic News Continues to Demonstrate Improvements

The Importance of Investing in Financial Literacy

Looking Back at the Markets in Q1 and Ahead to Q2 2021

Monday Update (on Tuesday): Labor Market Recovery Picks Up Steam

Market Thoughts for April 2021 [Video]

Coronavirus Update: April 1, 2021 [Video]

It’s All About Jobs

What Does the Archegos Blowup Mean for the Markets?

Monday Update: Consumer Sentiment Surges in March

Economic Improvement Continues Despite Rising Medical Risks

A Sober Outlook for Emerging Market Debt

What About SPACs?

Will Spring Bring Better Economic News?

Monday Update: February Storms Affect Economic Recovery

Coronavirus Update: March 19, 2021 [Video]

Optimistic Outlook for Emerging Markets in 2021?

Protecting a Portfolio Against a Rise in Interest Rates

What Should We Expect from the Fed?

Monday Update: Consumer Confidence Surges in March

Markets in an Interesting Place

Monthly Market Risk Update: March 2021

Economic Risk Factor Update: March 2021

Monday Update (on Tuesday): Economy Adds More Jobs Than Expected

Celebrating Women Pioneers in Finance

Jobs Report Signals Good News for Economic Recovery

Coronavirus Update: March 4, 2021 [Video]

Looking Back at the Markets in February and Ahead to March 2021

Market Thoughts for March 2021 [Video]

Monday Update: Economic Recovery Picks Up Steam

Does Market Turbulence Make Sense?

Markets Hold Gains Despite Rising Rates

Own the Future: Looking at a Growth Portfolio

What Do Higher Interest Rates Mean?

Monday Update: Retail Sales Surge as Economic Recovery Accelerates

Coronavirus Update: February 19, 2021 [Video]

Economic News Showing Surprising Strength

Why Printing Money May Not Create Inflation

Monday Update (on Tuesday): Consumer Inflation Remains Muted

Monthly Market Risk Update: February 2021

Will Positive Market Trends Continue?

Economic Risk Factor Update: February 2021

Looking Back at the Markets in January and Ahead to February 2021

Monday Update: Business Confidence Remains Strong

Coronavirus Update: February 5, 2021 [Video]

Economic Damage Starting to Moderate

Ahoy, Inflation Ahead?

Market Thoughts for February 2021 [Video]

Monday Update: Economic Recovery Continued in Fourth Quarter

Is the Worst of the Economic Damage Behind Us?

Is Reddit Breaking the Market?

Is the Stock Market in a Bubble?

2020’s Remarkable Value Rally

Monday Update: Housing Sector Continues to Shine

Coronavirus Update: January 22, 2021 [Video]

Progress on Medical Front, But Economic Data Remains Soft

How to Think About Politics and Investments

Monday Update (on Tuesday): Pandemic Slows Economic Recovery

The Biden Stimulus Plan

Financial Markets Hold Gains on Vaccine and Stimulus News

Monthly Market Risk Update: January 2021

Economic Risk Factor Update: January 2021

Monday Update: Business Confidence Rises Unexpectedly

Coronavirus Update: January 8, 2021 [Video]

Economy Hit Hard in Recent Weeks

Washington Turns (Very Light) Blue

Looking Back at the Markets in December 2020 and Ahead to January 2021

Market Thoughts for January 2021 [Video]

Monday Update: Initial Jobless Claims Fall

Pandemic Indicators Show Signs of Improvement

Reflections from the Massachusetts Conference for Women

Trade Deals in 2020

Embracing America’s Colorful Future

Monday Update: Consumer Recovery Falters

Merry Christmas to All

Is Santa Checking His Portfolio Twice?

Coronavirus Update: December 23, 2020 [Video]

The Case for Bonds

Monday Update: Economic Recovery Slows

With CARES Act Programs Closing, What’s Ahead for the Markets?

Pandemic Economic Damage Gets Worse

What Will the New Normal Look Like?

2021 Market Outlook [Video]

As Bad As It Gets?

Appearance on Yahoo Finance’s Live, December 14, 2020 (Video)

Monday Update: Consumer Confidence Rises

Coronavirus Update: December 11, 2020 [Video]

Pandemic Hits Job Growth

Monthly Market Risk Update: December 2020

Economic Risk Factor Update: December 2020

Monday Update: Employment Recovery Slowing

Weak Jobs Report Highlights Economic Risks

Economic News Softer, But Signs of Faster Growth

Looking Back at the Markets in November and Ahead to December 2020

Market Thoughts for December 2020 [Video]

Monday Update: Consumer Confidence Falls

Thanksgiving Food for Thought: The Parable of the Turkey

Coronavirus Update: November 25, 2020 [Video]

Are We Seeing Cracks in the Consumer Economy?

Monday Update: October Retail Sales Disappoint

Is the Recession About to End?

Markets Rally on Vaccine News

Monthly Market Risk Update: November 2020

Economic Risk Factor Update: November 2020

Monday Update: Inflation Remains Muted in October

Coronavirus Update: November 13, 2020 [Video]

Appearance on Yahoo Finance’s The Final Round, November 12, 2020 [Video]

Medical Risks Rise, Markets Rally

What the Election Means for Investors Today

Looking Back at the Markets in October and Ahead Through November 2020

Monday Update: September Employment Exceeds Expectations

The Jobs Report and the Pandemic

Election Risks Subside, But Medical Risks on the Rise

First Thoughts About the Election

Peak Globalization or Peak “Chinaization”?

Monday Update (on Tuesday): Economic Data Shows Continuing Recovery

Market Thoughts for November 2020 [Video]

Coronavirus Update: October 30, 2020 [Video]

Financial Markets Drop on Rising Medical Risks

Is the Recent Market Pullback a Good Thing?

Is the Economy Adapting?

Monday Update: Housing Continues to Shine

Looking Past the Headlines

Economy Continues to Outperform Expectations

The Third Wave of COVID-19: Have the Facts Changed?

Knowing When to Worry About the Deficit and the Debt

Monday Update: September Retail Sales Beat Expectations

Coronavirus Update: October 16, 2020 [Video]

How Durable Is the Economic Recovery?

What If the Deficit and Debt Don’t Matter?

Is a Hopeful Market a Vulnerable One?

Monday Update: Service Sector Confidence Rises in September

Monthly Market Risk Update: October 2020

Will Rising Medical Risks Affect the Health of the Economy?

Looking Back at the Markets in Q3 and Ahead to Q4 2020

Economic Risk Factor Update: October 2020

Monday Update: September Employment Report Disappoints

More Uncertainty to Rattle Markets

Coronavirus Update: October 2, 2020 [Video]

Market Thoughts for October 2020 [Video]

Positive Signs in the Economic Recovery

Does Politics Affect the Economy?

Monday Update: Housing Sales Keep Improving

How to Remain Calm (and Carry On)

Financial Markets Bounce Around on Rising Medical Risks

Will the Election Sink the Markets?

More Market Volatility in the Forecast?

Monday Update: Retail Sales Slow in August

Coronavirus Update: September 18, 2020 [Video]

Economic Recovery on Track, But Some Signs of Weakness

Is the Market Too Complacent?

What About the Federal Deficit?

Monday Update: Unemployment Claims Remain Stubbornly High

Monthly Market Risk Update: September 2020

Signs of a Slowdown in the Economic Recovery?

Economic Risk Factor Update: September 2020

Monday Update: August Employment Report Beats Expectations

More Market Turbulence: What's Going On?

Coronavirus Update: September 4, 2020 [Video]

Pandemic News Continues to Improve Along with the Economy

Looking Back at the Markets in August and Ahead to September 2020

Market Thoughts for September 2020 [Video]

Monday Update: Consumer Confidence Mixed in August

Don’t Worry About Interest Rates

Coronavirus Update: August 28, 2020 [Video]

Are the Economic Risks on the Rise?

Are the Markets Moving Past the Pandemic?

What’s Driving the Market’s All-Time Highs?

Monday Update: Housing Sector Recovery Accelerates

Municipal Bond Market Update

How Do You Position a Portfolio for Uncertainty?

The Growth Vs. Value Disparity

Dethroning of King Dollar?

Monday Update: Retail Sales Growth Slows in July

Coronavirus Update: August 14, 2020 [Video]

Monthly Market Risk Update: August 2020

Medical Risks Contained, But Economic Risks Have Risen

Appearance on CNBC’s The Exchange, August 12, 2020 [Video]

Economic Risk Factor Update: August 2020

How Will the Presidential Election Affect the Stock Market?

Monday Update: Jobs Report for July Beats Expectations

Has Sustainable Investing Reached a Tipping Point?

Finding Income in a Low-Rate Environment

Does the Stable Value Fund Make Sense for 401(k) Investors?

A Look Under the S&P 500 Hood

Market Thoughts for August 2020 [Video]

Monday Update: Economy Contracts at Record Rate in Q2

Coronavirus Update: July 31, 2020 [Video]

Has the Second Wave Peaked?

Another Look at the Dollar: The Fed and Interest Rates

The Dollar Is Not Collapsing

Monday Update: Initial Jobless Claims Increase

Coronavirus Update: July 24, 2020 [Video]

Signs of Stabilization on the Pandemic Front

Q2 2020 Earnings: Terrible, But Still Positive

Where Is Value Now?

Monday Update: Retail Sales Jump for Second Month in a Row

Coronavirus Update: July 17, 2020 [Video]

So Far, Medical Risks Not Derailing Economic Recovery

Monthly Market Risk Update: July 2020

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