Article Digest - October 2013

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Bulls Shake Up the Charts

Yesterday saw bears capitulate en masse, while bulls trampled and gored everyone who got in their way in the hopes that Washington’s issues might get resolved soon. As far as I’ve heard, nothing actually got Resolved — But perception is reality in the market. Read More…


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Stock Upgrades: Johnson & Johnson Is Head & shoulders Above the Rest

It turns out our elected officials, who know all about bull, are occasionally able to unleash the animals on Wall Street. After all, those same politicians did just spend $47,174 on a mechanical one seven days into the shutdown. Read More…


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Jobless Claims Rise by Most Since Superstorm Sandy

Well, it looks like the government shutdown is beginning to make its presence felt in the economic data. This morning’s release of jobless claims, which is one of the few government data points that is being released during the shutdown, came in significantly higher than expected. While economists were looking for a level of 311K, the actual reading came in at 374K. This was the highest reading since 3/29/13, and the largest weekly increase since Super-storm Sandy. Read More…


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Central Asia: The Complexities of the Fergana Valley

A recent border dispute in theFergana Valley, the core of Central Asia, highlights the growing tensions in the stategic and contested region, Kyrgyz and Uzbek border patrol units were removed from the Ungar-Too area in Kyrgyzstan’s Jalal-Abad region Oct. 2, after a two-week standoff over an alleged Uzbek border incursion into the area. Such incursions, coupled with ethnic tensions and sporadic violence, have become increasingly common in the Fergana Valley region, which is split between Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.Read More…


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The Road to a New Medical Order

There is no doubt that the single most contentious topic I can bring up in a small group discussion or speech is the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. You can feel the tension rise, as everyone has an opinion they want to express – most of them based essentially on preconceived philosophical positions, nearly all of which can be can seen through their own eyes as reasonable and consistent with civilized behavior. Read More…