Tim Shirata

March 23, 2017

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What the Fed Means For Your Portfolio World markets are facing a major change, as interest rates have begun a multi-year uptrend. U.S. and foreign economic data continues to improve.  On many fronts, including employment, capital spending, salary increases, backlogs...
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March 16, 2017

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Is Your Portfolio Prepared For the New Market Environment? The change that is underway in U.S. markets is no run-of-the-mill, short-term shift.  This is a sea-change — not business as usual.  We’re referring to the end of a thirty-year period...
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March 09, 2017

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The U.S. Growth Comeback Is In Its Early Innings Here’s why we’re bullish on U.S. economic growth for the rest of 2017, and probably longer. The Great Recession was not a standard textbook economic contraction, and the recovery has not...
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March 02, 2017

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Global Stocks Stocks are attractive in the U.S. and several other countries, driven by improvements in economic performance. Since the third quarter of 2016, U.S. corporate profits have begun to rise after a six-quarter stint of sideways earnings. Since the...
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February 23, 2017

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Running On Empty: Crumbling U.S. Infrastructure Will Take Trillions To Fix, Creating Big Opportunities An unfolding crisis in northern California has brought unexpected attention to the infrastructure push that was one of the campaign planks of the new administration. The...
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February 16, 2017

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Looking Back on 2017 Let’s take a step back and imagine that 2017 is almost over — and that we’re looking back from a standpoint in late December. What will we see has happened in the U.S. market during the...
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Febuary 09, 2017

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Market Summary We are bullish on the U.S. but cautious in most other markets. At any time, a correction may begin in the U.S. market as political battles slow down the agenda of tax cuts and deregulation proposed by the...
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February 02, 2017

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Trump’s Plans Are Not Mysterious… He’s Fulfilling Campaign Pledges The new administration’s whirlwind first days in office have led some observers to wonder what they’re up to. Regardless of what we think about the political or economic ramifications of new...
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January 26, 2017

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Tailwinds Still Strong For U.S. Materials Industries Back in early 2016, when Donald Trump’s victory in a contentious Republican Party primary still looked unlikely, the global commodity complex reached the bottom of the decline that had begun in mid-2014. From...
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January 19, 2017

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The Markets In 2017:  Inflation, Stocks, Bonds, and Gold   Despite headlines declaring that the post-election rally is running out of steam as we head towards Inauguration Day, we continue to be optimistic about the prospects for the U.S. stock...
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