There are a couple of recurring themes that have seemed to dominate the financial news in recent weeks: the rise of the major indexes to record highs in equities and the steep rise in treasury yields. Since growth and interest rate expectations factor into both moves, these two headlines may seem like two sides of the same coin; yet there is a major difference between the two.
Last month, corporations set an all-time record for the value of deals related to mergers and acquisitions, as we discussed here. Among the reasons for the new high, which beat out the previous record from January 2000 by over $50 billion, were the Continue reading “The Art of the Deal: Mergers & Acquisitions Edition”
The core of the holiday shopping season is gradually spreading, moving from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and now even reversing to encroach on Thanksgiving, as more and more stores open their doors just as most Americans are finishing their turkey. This trend highlights how eager retailers are to cash in on the all-important holiday season; as a result, what exactly should investors make of the ensuing sales figures?
Even as the assets under management for Robo Advisors has experienced a steady upward trend, there has not yet been a single, trusted source for investors to compare characteristics, activity, and, yes, even performance for these digital platforms – until now. Continue reading “Condor Capital Discusses Robo Advisors in The Wall Street Journal”
If you’ve picked up on the news stories regarding mergers and acquisitions this month, you’re on to something – whether it’s AT&T’s bid for Time Warner or today’s announcement of GE seeking to combine its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes. While the number of deals may not be at record highs, the value of the deals certainly are.
Politicians from both sides of the aisle in Trenton have finally reached an agreement to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund after many delays. While all residents of the Garden State won’t be impacted the same, the implications will be far-reaching nonetheless. The new deal confirms a 23-cent hike in the gasoline tax, which on top of the current 14.5 cent/gallon tax – brings this tax to 37.5 cents per gallon, up to the seventh-highest in our country.
With drug prices under heightened scrutiny from the public as well as policymakers due to the recent controversy surrounding the EpiPen price hike, there was some surprising and reassuring news from Allergan, a pharmaceutical firm, today.
On September 4, 2016 Raghuram Rajan, Governor of India’s Reserve Bank (RBI), will step down from his post and be replaced by Urjit Patel. While Mr. Rajan’s term has been marred by partisan disputes and political differences, his contributions in stabilizing India’s economy cannot and should not be understated or forgotten. Continue reading “Continuity For India’s Central Bank”
An interesting piece recently put together by Ric Marshall & Linda-Eling Lee from MSCI Inc. answers this very important question for shareholders. The duo studied over 400 large U.S. corporations over a ten-year period, between 2006 and 2015, and concluded that higher pay Continue reading “Do The Highest-Paid CEOs Deliver The Highest Returns For Investors?”
I wanted to take a moment to share our thoughts on the major news event today, the “leave” vote in the British referendum to leave the European Union, otherwise known as Brexit. Our thoughts will be limited to the economic and financial impact of the vote, as I will leave the geopolitical implications to the pundits for now. This is not to say that the geopolitical consequences will be trivial, as we believe the vote to leave the European Union was very much related to issues that are not obviously economic, including immigration, border control, and Britain’s relationship with Brussels. However, the geopolitical consequences will take years to play out and are beyond the scope of this update.