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Market Highlights in Charts 4.30.18

The release of the latest GDP data brings with it several key trends in government investment and infrastructure spending. Despite the data looking a bit inflationary, the Treasury curve...

BCM Financial Literacy Collection

As Financial Literacy Month comes to an end, we thought it would be helpful to combine all of our dedicated posts to the topic in one place. Plus, as an addition to our 2018 financial literacy...

Market Highlights in Charts 4.25.18

Investors get spooked as the 10yr Treasury Yield crosses the 3% level. U.S. Banks post their highest profit since the financial crisis with more economic indicators on sectors, energy prices, home...

Market Highlights in Charts 4.23.18

The European Central Bank may end it's QE program by year-end as Venezuela's oil production cuts have exceeded those of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Dollar continues to rally as commodities are poised...

Bonus Friday! Market Highlights in Charts 4.20.18

The U.S. stands alone as the only advanced economy to expect an increase in the debt to GDP ratio in the next five years. Crude oil may go back to $100 per barrel as cigarettes experience their...

Why Own an Umbrella When It's Sunny Every Day?

Why would you buy an umbrella when it’s been sunny every day? Let’s not forget the original use for an umbrella was actually as a sunshade, not for rain, but I digress. Seriously, why would you...

Market Highlights in Charts 4.18.18

The U.S. will spend more on taxes than clothing, food and housing combined this year as commercial real estate still is in grave trouble. China eases monetary policy amid risks to growth as...

Market Highlights in Charts 4.16.18

CPI and PPI are grinding higher and we note how federal regulations by sector are unevenly low for the technology sector. For fun on this Monday afternoon, we've thrown in a few charts as food for...

Bonus Friday! Market Highlights in Charts 4.13.18

The Fed and FOMC's take on economic outlook, another miss by the the U.S. federal budget, and concerns about lenders easing their standards and net interest spending increasing. Will any of these...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: What No One Tells You About Debt

The average age Americans learn how to balance a checkbook is 28¹. Age 28! If Americans are not taught about basic finance in high school or college, then how can they possibly be ready to...

Market Highlights in Charts 4.11.18

U.S. Bankruptcy is up 63% over last year and inflation may be slowly creeping back up according to PPI and PCE indicators. Tariff data continues to be monitored closely, a look at the governments...

Investment Acronyms: Say What?! CNBC Slang Finally Decoded

Popular sites such as Investopedia and The Financial Dictionary have over 1,885 financial acronyms housed in their shared glossaries. I would challenge you to find anyone — let alone a typical...

Market Highlights in Charts 4.9.18

Trade uncertainty is now showing up in our economy as seen in LEIs and we are also watching wage growth after the March reports. Plus, we share a chart of bond yields across the world with some...

Market Highlights in Charts 4.6.18

Today's post marks our third chart blog post of this active week in the markets. As our newly released strategy commentary reported, and our primer on Tariffs from this morning, we are closely...

Trade, Tariffs and Tirades: A Primer on What Has the Markets in a Dither 

The following is an excerpt from our 1Q18 quarterly market commentary we posted yesterday:

BCM 1Q 18 Market Commentary

We have said it before, and we will say it again. 2017 was an anomaly. Now as we have seen bearish conditions in both 1Q and now 2Q, 1Q 18 was a significant contrast to what we were seeing before...

Market Highlights in Charts 4.4.18

You will surely be sorry if you miss out on today's jam packed blog. The start of the second quarter has been bumpy as the markets respond to China's new tariffs and traders have started to...

Glossary of Financial Terms

April is Financial Literacy Month and for good reason. A lack of financial preparedness has huge individual and societal costs, especially as our country ages into retirement. Regardless if it is...

Market Highlights in Charts 4.2.18

The U.S. government could soon be paying over 20% in interest as a percent of the federal revenue, U.S. unemployment hits an all-time low within this tightening labor market. Plus, a look at...