Dollars and Sense

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A weekly roundup of financial news by Warren Cole Smith.

Dollars and Sense: Stop worrying about jobs, start watching inflation

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Money | Focus on jobs. Once a month we have a week during which we get a lot of employment related data, and last week was that week for March. On Wednesday, payroll…

Dollars and Sense: Mixed news didn’t dampen the markets

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Money | February rebound. After a rough January, the markets have been on a steady climb. The Dow rose more than 1,000 points in February, recovering all of…

Dollars and Sense: Is the raging bull about to hit a wall?

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Money | Bull keeps charging. The NASDAQ is at levels we haven’t seen since March 2000. The Dow and the S&P 500 are back to record levels. It’s easy to get…

Dollars and Sense: Strong auto sales signal consumer confidence

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Money | A mixed bag. The news was pretty mixed last week. On Monday, a key measure of manufacturing activity indicated the economy is slowing down. The closely…

Dollars and Sense: Buckle up for the stock market roller coaster

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Money | Interesting times. I once heard that the Chinese have a saying: “May you live in interesting times.” Economically speaking, the world has been living in…

Dollars and Sense: Will trouble in Greece shake U.S. markets?

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Money | Greek turmoil. Expect the unexpected this week in the markets. A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece’s painful austerity program won a historic…

Dollars and Sense: Earnings season, oil, and a Swiss surprise

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Money | Earnings season underway. A week ago, Alcoa’s report kicked off the quarterly earnings season, and while it was good, the news has been mostly downhill…

Dollars and Sense: Markets erupt over energy, earnings, and Europe

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Money | Volatility continues. Last week was wild on Wall Street, though the volatility was not completely unexpected. In the first three days of the year, beginning…

Dollars and Sense: Will the markets have a happy new year?

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Money | Year-end numbers. The markets sank a bit on the last days of 2014 as portfolio managers did a bit of selling as window dressing, locking in gains for the…

Dollars and Sense: Christmas isn’t over on Wall Street

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Money | Christmas rally continues. Santa Claus was good to the markets this year. Friday was the seventh straight day of gains for the Dow, which closed above 18,000…

Dollars and Sense: Here comes the Santa Claus rally

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Money | Remarkable markets. Last week was a remarkable week on Wall Street. To see just how remarkable, let’s go back a couple of weeks to Dec. 5, when the Dow set…

Dollars and Sense: Oil prices are playing havoc with the markets

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Money | Stock market volatility. Volatility was back last week, and a lot of the news seemed to revolve around oil prices. We saw a couple of days last week with…

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