Posts filed under “Markets”

College ROI

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Source: Radio Open Source


When it comes to paying for college, lots of people are asking “why does it cost so much, and it is it worth it in the end?”

Radio Open Source has a scattergram chart above that helps answer the question. It shows the increasing cost on the horizontal (X Axis) and the return on that investment on the vertical (Y Axis).

There seems to be a slight advantage in returns to private schools versus the (In State) public colleges, but at a very great additional cost.

Eyeballing this, the area under the curve shows a fairly poor return on investment. No wonder so many college graduates are unhappy with their student debt.

Category: Employment, Markets, Wages & Income

Here is What I Am Watching, Lately

Every few months, I like to pull together an assortment of unrelated items that I find interesting (See this). These items include things that are not quite fully baked in my mind, not yet a full column. While I wait for these to jell, I like to put them on paper to create a bookmark…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Markets

Can Investors Use Momentum to Beat the U.S. Treasury Market?

Can Investors Use Momentum to Beat the U.S. Treasury Market? J. Benson Durham Liberty Street Economics Decades of research have produced a library on the “momentum” anomaly in markets. Momentum refers to the tendency for financial assets with the best prior returns to continue to produce superior results, at least for a time. Previous findings—regarding…Read More

Category: Markets

U.S. Cities Where Prices Are Actually Falling

Source: MoneyBeat

Category: Markets, Real Estate, Video

Succinct Summations of Week’s Events 5.9.14

Succinct Summations of the week ending 5.9.14:   Positives: 1. Despite some trouble in select areas of the market, the Dow made new all-time highs this week. 2. Initial jobless claims came in at 319k, less than expected and down from last week. 3. Total exports increased 2.1% m/o/m in March, up from a 1.3%…Read More

Category: Markets

Bring Back the Long Bond

“When the ducks quack, feed them” — Wall Street proverb In 2001, the U.S. Treasury decided to stop issuing 30-year bonds. The budget surplus made the long bond unnecessary and the new tax cuts were going to generate faster growth and abundant revenue. It didn’t quite work out that way. Revenue fell, revealing a flaw…Read More

Category: Markets

Tweets of the Week: 5.2.14

Employment Situation No Dilemma at all The Fed's dilemma: - Employment is growing - Unemployment falling. But they worrying about this 'cos of effects on wages, WHICH WERE FLAT. — Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) May 2, 2014   Hey Joe, how do you really feel? JOBS REPORT DEMOLISHES EXPECTATIONS, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TUMBLES TO 6.3% — Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart)…Read More

Category: Markets, Web/Tech

Succinct Summation of Week’s Events 5.2.14

Succinct Summations week ending May 2, 2014   Positives: 1. April Nonfarm Payrolls came in at 288k, well ahead of the 210k expected. 2. Unemployment rate fell to 6.3%, down from 6.7% last month — lowest number in five years. 3. Dow Jones Industrials made a new all-time closing high. 4. FOMC is still on…Read More

Category: Markets

86 Years of U.S. Stock Market History

Zoom in for details. Source: Equius Partners

Category: Data Analysis, Investing, Markets

Succinct Summations of Week’s Event’s 4.25.14

Succinct Summations week ending 4.25.14 Positives: 1. U.S. Durable goods rise 2.6% v 2% expected, biggest rise since January 2. University of Michigan consumer comes in at 84.1, the highest reading since July. 3. Euro-area PMI rose to 54 in April, up from 53.1 in March and higher than 53 expected 4. Richmond Fed comes…Read More

Category: Markets