Category «Business and Finance»

Building an Excel One-Month Calendar

One of my duties at work is to put together a calendar of various due dates every quarter. Of course, I could manually put the day numbers in, but where’s the fun in that?! The trickiest part in getting Excel to do this automatically is getting the first of the month on the right day. …

Why do we value gold?

I’ve been toying with the idea of investing in gold directly or having some exposure to it (and silver) in my investment portfolio. I have hesitated, so far, because I don’t really understand why we value gold so much? It just seems so arbitrary. By itself, it really doesn’t do anything. If the world economies …

Baby Boomers driving demand for stocks

Readers of my blog know I generally feel that supply and demand is driving the stock market and not economic fundamentals. There are only a finite number of stocks available, so if more money gets invested, the market generally goes up. Money comes out, stocks go down. The one thing I didn’t consider is the impact …

Stocks and the government

Startling news for investors, Yellen and Congress. Analysis: The bank for central banks says current monetary policies are outdated Interesting article supporting my view that the markets are climbing due to inflow of money. Basically, more dollars chasing a fixed amount of stock shares equals higher prices. Some takeaways: “monetary policy is testing its outer limits,” …