Finding common ground when politics threaten to tear us asunder

By: Michael C. Eddy, Managing Partner I’ve never been a fan of reality television programming with the exception of talent contests like The Voice and American Idol. I find The Voice contestants to be remarkably talented, humble, hungry and affable. Same goes for the coaches who have enjoyed careers replete with artistic and commercial successes. […]

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Do low interest rates lead to growth?

Central bankers have lots of theories.  One of the theories for keeping interest rates low is so that businesses will become more apt to borrow.   Central bankers hope that the the access to cheap credit will incentivize businesses to invest.   As they invest in new projects and their businesses expand, they should, in theory, also […]

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Investor Business Daily Article from May 2001

Michael C. Eddy, Managing Partner I used to be a regular reader of the Investor Business Daily newspaper.  I knew a lot of people in the investment advisory industry during the latter half of the 90s who at least paid attention to the IBD.  The attached image is an article I clipped from the paper in May […]

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Update after Brexit

We can’t remember a time when a vote in a foreign country has received as much attention domestically as the one in the UK to leave the EU.   Its amazing that a single political referendum, intended to unite the British Conservative party, could create so much angst around the world.   Of course, just […]

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Berkeley 2nd Quarter Market Commentary

As we write, US equity market returns are up slightly for the year. If pressed to predict a year end return, we would expect returns to be flat to down from this point- though we’re not willing to make any investment decisions based on our guess. Our objective is to find companies that we can […]

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Berkeley Macro Musings

  Berkeley Macro Musings – 2016 from Michael C. Eddy

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Charlie Barry in Financial Advisor IQ

Berkeley Senior Investment Advisor, Charlie Barry, was recently quoted in a Financial Advisor IQ article discussing the SEC’s derivatives policy. Click Here to read the article.

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Money for Nothing, Drinks for Free

Fort the first time in history, the Japanese government sold 10-year government bonds today at a negative yield. To state this in another fashion, investors agreed to pay the Japanese government 0.024% per year for the privilege of lending it money for 10 years. I think it’s safe to say that the notion of lending […]

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February Market Thoughts

At long last, declines in U.S. equities are providing CNBC an opportunity to boost ad sales. In truth, U.S. equity prices are only starting to reflect the staggering declines emerging markets, commodities and high yield debt endured last year. Complacency is morphing to concern – At least judging by the surge in calls to our […]

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Its a Xanax World: Post by Bill Gross

Last week Bill Gross published the following article: Click Here. Its titled “It’s a Xanax World” for good reason.  Gross explores the long term demographic challenges we are facing in the US and the implications of those challenges for asset prices.  Its an interesting read but, be warned, a depressing one as well.

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