BlackRock Sets Its January Outlook

Posted by Mark Pettinga

Macroeconomic Overview

It may be a new year, but the actions of policy makers continue to shape markets.

Global equities finished 2012 higher amid optimism that Congress would reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and the rally continued in early January after passage … Read More »


BlackRock’s 2013 Outlook.

Posted by Mark Pettinga

Please read BlackRock’s 2013 outlook by clicking on the embedded file BlackRock2013Outlook.  I think they do an outstanding job of hilighting the important themes for the next year.


Numbers of Concern.

Posted by Mark Pettinga

Every quarter, Bearemy Glaser of Morningstar takes a look at some scary numbers that jumped out at him. Here are some notable ones for the fourth quarter of 2012.

1.00Price/fair value ratio for all stocks rated by Morningstar’s analysts. Stocks as a whole are fully valued, … Read More »


A Summary of Tax Changes Under The Fiscal Cliff Deal.

Posted by Mark Pettinga

Taxes on dividends and capital gains will rise, from their top level of 15% to a still historically low 20%, but only for single taxpayers earning over $400,000 and couples earning over $450,000. Investors below those thresholds will continue to pay the attractive 15% rate … Read More »