The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

Equites rallies yesterday as energy shares surged, a surge predicated by a 5.8% jump in crude.  For the month of April, energy shares in the S & P 500 have gained 6.8%, on track for the best month since January 2013 according to Bloomberg.  ...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

Earning season commences this week as 36 multinational S & P companies post profits.  The practice of reducing earnings forecasts so low that everyone can beat it is something that I have discussed many times.  However an argument can be made that a “beat” is...

Regulatory officials are now becoming concerned of the illiquidity of the bond market.  There is now little debate whether or not regulations implemented after the 2008 financial crisis is affecting trading as a new consensus is being formed that it is just a matter of...

At one time oil rallied over 2% yesterday.  Dow Jones wrote on a closing basis oil has moved over 2% forty two times this year, more than the total number of such moves over the past three years.  Perhaps it is a gross understatement that...

Have oil prices bottomed?  Was the high profile merger between two industry behemoths an indicator of prices bottoming and the harbinger of mergers to occur?  Wire services report in order for the merger to be economically feasible, oil is expected to average $67 barrel in...

Many times I have commented about the bifurcation between the indices and the typical stock as many now are chasing returns via closet indexing.  For those, such as me, who rely upon sector analysis via geopolitical and macroeconomic trends, the last 12-15 months have been...

Early yesterday morning all thought the markets would be down because of Friday’s poor jobs data.  The markets did open lower only to stage a considerable advance following NY Fed President Dudley’s remarks that the pace of interest rate increases is likely to be “shallow”...

For many, I included, the first quarter was difficult.  It is now very apparent the only manner to generate returns is via closet indexing.  As noted several times, I believe today is analogous to 1999-2000 where performance was driven by something .com or the four...