“A House Divided” Cannot Stand—or Keep the Economy Expanding

Back in 1858, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln made a famous speech to his Republican colleagues in the Illinois Hall of Representatives. The speech, entitled “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” was considered radical at the time. It was a lecture about “putting an end to slavery agitation,” and while…

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Is a Rolling Bear the Most Unnerving Spectacle on Wall Street?

A bear market is generally considered to be a period in which stock prices fall by 20 percent or more and features a self-sustaining sell-off. It’s often accompanied by widespread pessimism and losses across all of the broad market indexes—like the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq. But that’s not exactly what we’re experiencing…

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Expansion, Peak, Contraction, and Trough. What’s the Economic Cycle Telling Us?

When it comes to downturns in the economy, is hindsight only 20/20—or can you protect your assets by adjusting your allocations based upon the economic cycle? Wait—there’s an economic cycle? There is, indeed, and the leading authority on the patterns, fluctuations, and duration of the cycle is the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Analysts…

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Crisis Ahead? These Mistakes Could Trigger the Next Financial Crisis

Nothing comes into existence without a force to create it. Our financial world and its many ups and downs is no exception to this rule. Sure, current U.S. economic expansion is on a roll. “Goldman Sachs says there’s a 90 percent chance this expansion will break the prior record set during the 1990s tech boom…

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Another Economic Crisis? Here’s Why We’re Not Ready

It has been 10 years since the employees of Lehman Brothers stepped out onto Sixth Avenue carrying cardboard boxes and became the enduring symbol of America’s largest bankruptcy. What followed, as they say, is history. Markets collapsed, trillions in wealth evaporated, and big, splashy investment firms fell like dominoes. A decade later, former British Prime…

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The Match and the Powder Keg: The Fall of Lehman Brothers 10 Years Later

According to the Baker Library Historical Collection at Harvard Business School, the three Lehman brothers, Henry, Emanuel, and Mayer, emigrated from Germany in the 1840s and opened up a dry goods store in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time, cotton was a vital and high valuation crop and the brothers quickly began accepting raw cotton in…

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