Special Edition – Thoughts on Recent Market Fluctuations

U. S. Healthcare

The market has certainly been on a roller coaster over the last few days. Many have reached out to talk about my interpretation of what we’re seeing. The reason for this blog post is to gather our thoughts and communicate them to all our readers. As always, the team at Barron Financial Group are only a phone call or email away if you have further questions or prefer a personal discussion.

Recent Market Actions & Reactions

The U.S. markets (S&P 500) were down -2.1% on last Friday, then another -4.1% yesterday (Monday). So, we’re down a combined -6.1% as of start of trading on Tuesday.

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U.S. Healthcare

U. S. HealthcareOn March 23, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as ACA or Obamacare, into law.  The law passed the Senate without a single Republican vote.  Now, with a Republican-controlled Congress and White House in place (with less of a majority than the Democrats in 2009) the move is on to undo Obamacare and replace it with…something.  In this edition of Financially Speaking, I will take a closer look at the U.S. Healthcare system, some interesting statistics, and how Obamacare has more policy involved than many people realize.  As always, comments and opposing views are welcome.

Many Plans, Shaky Results

The U.S. healthcare system has numerous insurance plans with very different coverages and costs. Based on census data from 2015, only 6.8 of Americans get their insurance through a private, non-group plan.  Continue reading “U.S. Healthcare”

Inflation or Deflation?

Ever since the massive Government response to the 2008 financial crisis, a number of market observers have predicted higher than normal inflation for the U.S. economy.  That, however, has not been the case.  More recently, we have other market observers looking at a generally weak global economic recovery and believing we have entered a period of lower than normal inflation or even deflation.  In this edition of Financially Speaking, I want to take a closer look at exactly what these terms mean and why predicting the coming economic path is a challenge.  As always, comments and opposing views are welcome.

A History of Inflation

The definition of Inflation is “a sustained increase in the general price level of goods and services in an economy over a period of time”.  Continue reading “Inflation or Deflation?”

A World of Good

The nightly news is always full of terrible stories – the latest atrocities from ISIS, or a pending economic meltdown in Europe, or a military standoff in Eastern Europe, etc.  Perhaps President Obama was right when he said of the media “if it bleeds, it leads.”  Admittedly, I have at times been part of the problem with my own writing regarding risks to be considered in the world of finance and investing.  In this edition of Financially Speaking, I want to take a different path and talk about some of the good news the world has to offer.  As always, comments and opposing views are welcome.

Booming Global Population

The population of the world is growing, and improving living standards are part of the reason.  In 1981, the global population was 4.5 billion people.  It had grown to over 7 billion by 2012, an increase of 35.  Continue reading “A World of Good”

Rethinking Military Spending

I have always wondered why the U.S. spends so aggressively on military construction and research compared to other developed nations.  Could those funds be used for a greater social good within the country?  War seemed so distant to me, even with the Middle Eastern conflicts beginning in 2001.  However, the spread of disruption due to the so-called Arab Spring, the conflict in Ukraine, and the recent rise of the Islamic State have me rethinking that position.  In this edition of Financially Speaking, I will take a closer look at this topic.  As always, comments and opposing views are welcome.

U.S. Military Spending History

The U.S. military is by far the most powerful in the world.  Often, the term hegemon is used when describing it.  Part of the reason for that hegemony is geographic.  The U.S. enjoys a relatively isolated geography with substantial coastal access to two of the world’s primary oceans.  Continue reading “Rethinking Military Spending”