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Unemployment Is Higher Than You Think

Posted by Jonathan Ting on February 7, 2020

On Thursday, initial jobless claims came in -13K below expectations, and on Friday, nonfarm payrolls came in 64K above expectations. These were blowout numbers pointing to a sustainably strong employment environment in the US. According to headline numbers, companies are on hiring sprees and unemployment is at an all-time low. The underlying data is telling an opposite story.

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Eating Too Many Passive ETFs. A Cavity is Forming

Posted by Jonathan Ting on January 29, 2020

The rise in popularity of passive investing is astonishing to look at – net assets held by passive ETFs have grown 11x over the past 14 years, and investors continue to ship it in.

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Topics: Market Outlook

Tri-Valley Private Deal Activity Q4 2019

Posted by Jonathan Ting on January 22, 2020

Last quarter seven Tri-Valley based companies raised rounds over $1M, four were acquired and three made acquisitions. We saw a slowdown in activity attributed to seasonality but early signs are suggesting an increase in Q1.

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Topics: Tri-Valley Research, Startups, Venture Capital

Housing Choices for Retirees Continue to Evolve

Posted by Don Garman on January 16, 2020

I predict a changing financial landscape in years ahead and tell retirees that when investment returns aren’t necessarily able to ensure a comfortable existence in retirement alone, they may need other ways to supplement income.

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Topics: Estate Planning, Personal Finance

2020 Fed Beige Book - Prices Up, Wages Flat

Posted by Jonathan Ting on January 16, 2020

This week, the Federal Reserve released its Beige Book report which covers economic activity in the final six weeks of 2019. Given the Fed’s dual mandate on employment and inflation, let’s focus on its findings from those two areas.

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Topics: Market Outlook

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