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May 14, 2013 / Admin

Some Bull Market Humor

From Mary Holdener, staff writer at Fisher Investments MarketMinder – Brian Murphy, Vice President

April 15, 2013 / Admin

Why bother focusing on Cyprus?


Like Cyprus’ bank woes, Spain was in the news last fall, with austerity measures, riots, and a banking crisis.  But it’s not all bad news – looks like things may be on the on the mend overall, with the brunt of the losses for Spain’s bank investors.  Here’s some insight from Fisher Investments MarketMinder.  — Brian Murphy, VP, Fisher Investments

Words about Spain and Banks and Stuff

While everyone’s focusing on Cyprus’s bailout, Spain’s been attempting some progress. And while some feared Cyprus would be the “blueprint” for all bailouts going forward, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Not that it’s been smooth sailing in Spain. Spain remains mired in recession in part because credit markets are shrinking, thanks to a banking sector long in need of an overhaul. Tactics to recapitalize banks have run the gamut (bank mergers, bailout funds, creating good banks/bad banks, more mergers and toughing it out). But it looks like a plan is near, and in fact, Spain has sought outside, private sector help in managing the banks’ assets longer term.  Full story here:  Words about Spain and Banks and Stuff

February 9, 2013 / Admin

Fisher Investments YouTube Video – Part III of 4 Things for Investors to Remember in 2013

Fisher Investments YouTube channel released the next installment of the four-part series, “4 Things for Investors to Remember in 2013” – Brian Murphy, Vice President, Fisher Investments


Published on Feb 8, 2013

Part III: Inflation? Not Yet.

Forget Hyperinflation fears.  Inflation can’t spike until actual money supply increases.  Endless rounds of quantitative easing have increased money base.  But what matters most is money quantity – money actually moving through the economy.  To increase that, banks must make net new loans.  But right now, banks don’t want to.

For more insight, read Fisher Investments Forbes contributor Lara Hoffmans’ recent article: :



For the full video, visit the Fisher Investments YouTube channel:


January 25, 2013 / Admin Why Size Matters in Stock Picking

See what Ken Fisher, CEO of Fisher Investments and Forbes columnist wrote on his latest blog on – Brian Murphy, Vice President, Fisher Investments

Why Size Matters In Stock Picking

By Ken Fisher,, 1/23/2013

The Big Easy. No, I’m not talking about the movie or New Orleans. I’m talking about my current approach to finding winning stocks.


December 11, 2012 / Admin

Ken Fisher on the Fiscal Cliff

Check out what Ken Fisher has to say on the fiscal cliff on Equities:

Ken Fisher on the Looming Fiscal Can-Kick

As debate continues swirling over the presumed-slope-that-is-mostly-a-budget-debate also known as the “Fiscal Cliff,” a few details have been trickling out regarding the state of negotiations between Republicans and Democrats. The fact finding and wrangling sheds an interesting light on how the debate is evolving—and how strong the motivation actually is to strike a deal. In a recent Financial Times article, Ken Fisher (CEO of Fisher Investments) discussed how this debate is affected by the looming 2014 midterms. Here’s some more detail on the political pressures likely driving a fiscal compromise.

Read Ken Fisher’s full story here:


–          Brian Murphy, VP, Fisher Investments

December 10, 2012 / Admin

The French Economy and the Eurozone

More from the eurozone from Fisher Investments – Brian Murphy, Fisher Investments

Moody’s Muddled French Markets

By Fisher Investments Editorial Staff, 11/21/2012

Monday, credit ratings agency Moody’s downgraded France one notch from AAA to Aa1, following a similar decision by Standard & Poor’s in January—and sparking much speculation about the state of the French economy. Along with the downgrade, Moody’s maintained its negative outlook, citing competitiveness issues and French bank exposure to weaker eurozone countries. The implied threat being Moody’s may downgrade France again if the country doesn’t take further efforts to relax labor laws and/or fails to cut public spending.  Full story

December 7, 2012 / Admin

Mike Hanson’s Reading List

Mike Hanson, analyst at Fisher Investments, reads many books in a year.  Here’s his latest book recommendation – Brian Murphy, Fisher Investments

I, Pencil

Michael Hanson, Fisher Investments


If you’ve never read Leonard E. Read’s I, Pencil, it’s always a good time. A wonderful summation of free market principles, it’s also a document Milton Friedman referred to often. Here’s a parting lesson, straight from the pencil himself:

“The lesson I have to teach is this: Leave all creative energies uninhibited. Merely organize society to act in harmony with this lesson. Let society’s legal apparatus remove all obstacles the best it can. Permit these creative know-hows freely to flow. Have faith that free men and women will respond to the Invisible Hand. This faith will be confirmed. I, Pencil, seemingly simple though I am, offer the miracle of my creation as testimony that this is a practical faith, as practical as the sun, the rain, a cedar tree, the good earth.”