140 Characters or Less: #DowPlummets

Content provided by Case Eichenberger, CLS Internal Wholesaler As a Millennial, I am constantly using social media. When I was in college, not too long ago, Facebook was just getting started and was being pushed to other schools outside the first social network of Harvard University.  Twitter has since followed, allowing people to “tweet” their...

Is the Super Gold Bull dead?

Content provided by Kostya Etus, CLS Investment Research Analyst Throughout history, gold has been a widely recognized symbol of wealth. In the past, gold was mainly used for making jewelry, but it has also been used for monetary exchange. Most recently, it has been used as an investment vehicle to hedge against a depreciating currency...

Thoughts on the Japanese Economy

Content provided by Rui Wang, CLS Investment Research Analyst The Japanese economy has been weak for two decades. One of the obvious symptoms has been its pro-longed deflation. To help mitigate the deflation, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) plans to double its balance sheet within just two years, and they’ve set a 2 percent annual...

MEOW: Pet Spending Continues to Rise

Content provided by Steve Donahoe, CLS Senior Portfolio Manager One of my favorite sayings is to “never underestimate the propensity of the U.S. consumer to spend money.” Along that line, I found this interesting: Americans spent an estimated $53 billion on their pets in 2012, a number that’s grown nearly 30% in the past five...

Playing Defense

Content provided by Grant Engelbart, CLS Investment Research Analyst As a basketball player, I pride myself in playing stellar defense. In my mind, there are only a few things in life more degrading to a person than blocking their shot halfway across the court. I’ll often let an opponent past me only to inconspicuously follow,...

Movie Lines and Song Lyrics

Content provided by John Ludlow, CLS Chief Operations Officer Like many of you, I love to watch movies and listen to music. For me it’s not just about the plot and acting in a movie or the beat to the music. Oh, I love a good story line and aggressive music beat but I also...