Patrick Watson

Jul 23, 2014
The current equity bull market is still climbing the veritable “wall of worry.” It is nowhere near the top, but is also high enough that an accidental fall will hurt. A new wave of merger and acquisition activity is about to push it even higher.

Jul 16, 2014
Remember TARP? The 2008 "Troubled Asset Relief Program" let George W. Bush spend $700 billion of your money to "promote financial stability."

Jul 9, 2014
Back in January, I gave you my predictions for 2014. Now we're halfway through the year and it's time for a gut-check.

Jul 2, 2014
For years, no one in either political party thought much about the U.S. Export-Import Bank. It came up for reauthorization periodically and always survived without controversy.

Jun 25, 2014
General Keith Alexander, the now-retired National Security Agency director who was once Edward Snowden's boss, hung out his consulting shingle this month. His IronNet CyberSecurity firm already has a hot prospect: the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

Jun 18, 2014
"Capitalism is dead in America," say some conservatives who think younger generations no longer care about our country's founding free market principles. The evidence I see says exactly the opposite.

Jun 11, 2014
The European Central Bank (ECB) took an unusual step last week, cutting the interest rate it pays on bank reserves to a negative 0.1 percent. Instead of receiving interest, eurozone banks now pay interest on any cash they park with the ECB.

Jun 4, 2014
Generations of American investors grew up thinking of utilities as relatively safe, income-producing investments. Their government-protected monopolies made them boring but dependable.

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