It’s the season of everything chocolate-based, star-shaped, and festively decorated. Yes, we’re verbatim describing the counter that sits in the entryway of the RCM office this December and every December in recent memory. We LOVE that our friends support the cocoa farmers (we know they’ve had a tough year) and never want to diminish that. […]
We love movies…so much so that we’ve been known to tweet out asking to bring back movie futures, compared the 60/40 portfolio to Top Gun, and put out the greatest infographic of all time aligning 20 investments with Star War characters. Movies have the innate ability of breaking down barriers and making almost any subject […]
We list Meb Faber and his blog at www.mebfaber.com amongst our ‘required reading’ list of books and blogs, and had the opportunity to sit with him and a few members of his unofficial fan club in Chicago last week during the Morningstar Investment Conference. The unofficial Chicago @MebFaber fan club – vol, asset allocation, dividends […]
There may or may not be a group of RCM Alternatives team members that are fans of The Bachelor. Meaning, you wouldn’t be hard pressed to find conversations of the latest contestant to go home, or prediction on who will be the season’s winner on Tuesday mornings. And in honor of the fake national holiday […]
U.S. equities climbed after the latest batch of corporate earnings bolstered confidence in the economy as investors awaited the Federal Reserve rate decision and any developments on trade. Stocks Get Lift From Earnings as Traders Await Fed: Markets Wrap (Bloomberg) It’s every trader’s fantasy – being the only one to see a bear market […]
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