The Global Market Update is curated by Douglas Tengdin, CFA an employee of Charter Trust Company.
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Getting a Good Start

By |April 18th, 2019|

How do you start your day? Photo: Viktor Hanacek. Source: Picjumbo I like to cook up a batch of oatmeal, when I have the time. Some fruit, milk, and a little sweetener make it very filling and nutritious. Doctors tell us that it’s important to have breakfast, to replenish our body’s store of energy and nutrients, to keep from getting hungry later and overeating. The [...]

In the Long Run

By |April 16th, 2019|

The 123rd Boston Marathon was held this week. Can we learn something from this historic event? 2019 Boston Marathon. Photo: Doug Tengdin Investing is a lot like running. We set goals, work towards those goals, adjust when we have setbacks, allocate precious resources -- time, money, attention, knees – and eventually, see some kind of payoff. And there are some very special lessons that come [...]

Tulips for Sale?

By |April 12th, 2019|

Have you heard about tulipmania? Photo: Ellywa. Source: Wikimedia During the Golden Age of Holland, merchants from around the world traded their silver, spices, and textiles in Amsterdam, the capital of the Dutch Republic. Holland had cheap energy, skilled labor, and excellent ports, making an ideal trading center, just as trade with the New World and the Far East was expanding rapidly. The growth of [...]

Retail Therapy

By |April 4th, 2019|

“Let’s go shopping!” Indoor shopping mall in Stockholm: Photo: Arild Vågen. Source: Wikimedia Markets and malls and bazaars and finding bargains have always been part of the human experience. When my wife and I lived in North Africa, every expedition to the old city’s primary marketplace, the souk, was a treasure hunt: find what we wanted, haggle with the shop’s owner, and collect our prize [...]

“To Boldly Go …”

By |April 3rd, 2019|

Are you a techno-optimist, or a techno-pessimist? “Star Fleet” symbol. Illustration: Jesper Hansen. Source: Wikimedia People have always been both captivated and challenged by technology. Like many, I grew up watching Star Trek on television, thrilling as Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise explored “strange new worlds.” Science fiction allows us to imagine the potential gifts of new knowledge: faster-than-light travel, teleporting, food-synthesis. [...]

Boeing Blues

By |April 2nd, 2019|

“If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going.” Boeing 737max on final approach. Source: Wikimedia That’s how lots of pilots often spoke of Boeing’s airframes. These were built around the flight crew’s needs, giving the pilot and co-pilot as much control as possible. Pilots, like most people, like to feel that they’re in charge. The 737 airframe has been a workhorse in the air travel system [...]

Black Magic?

By |April 2nd, 2019|

Are you superstitious? Photo Source: Max Pixel Most people are, to some degree. Hotels don’t have a 13th floor. Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky date, and seven is a lucky number. Magic often plays a big role in popular culture. Witches and spells play a major role in the TV series The “Game of Thrones,” and “Harry Potter” books and shows are built [...]

Robot Graduates

By |March 29th, 2019|

“You want to build robots or sell robots.” Photo: Ann H. Source: Pexels That was the advice I heard for young people a few years ago, and at the time it sounded a lot like the “plastics” comment from at beginning of the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” where a neighbor tells Dustin Hoffman’s character that he has one word of advice, just one word. That [...]

Fashioning Change

By |March 29th, 2019|

“Fashion is made to be unfashionable.” Photo: Rawpixel. Source: Pixabay That’s what fashion designer and business woman Coco Chanel said about the clothing business. She grew up in an impoverished family in a south of France in the late 19th century. Her mother died of tuberculosis when she was 12, and her father placed her in an orphanage, where she learned to sew. After a [...]