De Groote Financial Group October 21, 2016

U.S. Consumer Prices Up 0.3% in September… Energy and housing drove prices higher. Core inflation, excluding food and energy, rose a modest 0.1%. What it means – Prices increased 1.5% from last year, and core inflation jumped 2.2%. That’s higher than the Fed’s 2.0% target, but they don’t use the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ core […]

De Groote Financial Group August 12, 2016

U.S. Nonfarm Productivity Fell an Annualized 0.5% in the Second Quarter… The drop follows a 0.6% slide in the first quarter. What it means – Analysts expected a 0.5% rise that would counter most of the drop in the first quarter. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Productivity remains a problem. Economists and Fed officials can’t figure […]

De Groote Financial Group July 15, 2016

Bond and Stock Markets Both Reach Record Highs… The U.S. 10-year Treasury bond yield fell to 1.36%, a record low, while the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both moved up to record highs. What it means– Both trends make perfect sense, but not from an investing point of view. For bonds, central banks around the world are […]

De Groote Financial Group August 23, 2015

This week the noise was over whelming. For that reason I wanted to respond to the markets a little different than doing my best to try to tell you what happened and what it means. Yes, global markets turned south on China Fears and Uncertainty over Oil. Minutes from the July Fed revealed lots of […]