Michael Carr



Apr 24, 2015
"Fifteen for '15" is a wonderful slogan that implies minimum-wage workers are being underpaid in 2015. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would supposedly provide a "living wage" or meet some other catchphrase-worthy goal.


Apr 22, 2015
Triple-digit drops in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, like we saw last Friday, prompt fears that the bear market has started. Instead of fearing large drops, investors should use them as buying opportunities because history shows a triple-digit dip isn't usually the way bear markets start.


Apr 17, 2015
Should we raise prices for more than 300 million Americans to help 550,000 minimum-wage workers? Yes, we should, according to most media reports.


Apr 15, 2015
What happens when investors want to sell and no one's willing to buy? The market crashes.


Apr 10, 2015
Stock market investors are always looking ahead. In April they face the difficult decision of whether or not to follow the well-known advice to "sell in May and go away."


Apr 8, 2015
Based on trends in earnings estimates, we are entering a stock pickers' market.


Apr 3, 2015
On Good Friday, stock markets are closed in the U.S. But that won't stop the Bureau of Labor Statistics from releasing the monthly unemployment report. No matter what the report says, we are likely to see volatility in the stock market on Monday.


Apr 1, 2015
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke started blogging this week. Insights from the former Fed chair can offer insights into how his handpicked successor will be reacting to the economy. Bernanke's blog can also help us understand the relationship between the economy and the markets.

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