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War Chest: How Gold Performs in Times of Conflict

Gold | August 16, 2017

Amid recent exchanges between Trump and North Korea, many Americans feel that they’re on uncertain ground. Moreover, the stability of that ground becomes more tenuous with each passing day as the rhetoric climbs. Escalating remarks are prompting investors to question assumptions about their long-term investments. Can history offer any clues to understanding how gold performs […]


Why Gold? Because Diversifiable Risk is Going Away.

Gold | August 15, 2017

The diversification game used to be a whole lot easier. Investors only had to choose a few stocks. Exposure to a few sectors across a dozen holdings was enough to be properly diversified. Today, the picture is different. The world is smaller. Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat illustrated this phenomenon explaining, “In […]


Stocks Dive Amid North Korea Tensions

Investment | August 14, 2017

Last week was home to one of the worst days for stocks of the entire year as tensions between the United States and North Korea escalated to new levels. Although the tensions resulted from only a verbal conflict, it was enough to send markets into a tailspin. However, earlier in the week, both the S&P […]


The Straw House Stock Market

Gold | August 10, 2017

We live in a world of ever-present data and accessible analytics. At any given time investors can delve into endless metrics to distill insights on the stock market. But what if everything we need to know about investing were encapsulated in a story we heard as children? In many ways today’s market is making this […]


S&P Global Says No More Fed Rate Hikes This Year

Investment | August 9, 2017

Could it be? Is the official fed funds interest rate stuck at the paltry 1.00-1.25% level? According to one well-respected Wall Street firm, the answer may be yes. Continued soft wage gains in the latest jobs report, along with subdued inflation data give the Fed a reason to hit the pause button on any more […]