De Groote Financial Group September 16, 2016

Bond Yields Shot Higher Across the Globe as Prices Dropped… From the German bund to the U.S. Treasury, yields jumped on long maturity bonds as investors questioned the effectiveness of central bank policy. What it means – What took so long? Just about everyone on the planet not named Paul Krugman or a Central Banker […]

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 May 13, 2016

Producer Price Index Up 0.2% in April, Flat Year-Over-Year… Excluding food and energy, the measure of wholesale prices rose just 0.1% last month, and is only 0.9% higher over the same period last year. What it means– In the official measures, inflation remains absent. Clearly, they don’t give a lot of weight to things we actually buy on a […]