The Global Market Update is curated by Douglas Tengdin, CFA an employee of Charter Trust Company.
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Marching Portfolios

By |September 6th, 2019|

Did you ever play in a band? Photo: Manseok Kim. Source: Pixabay. License. I did in high school. It was a small affair, and we weren’t very good. There were only about a dozen of us: a couple of flutes, clarinets, and a bassoon, some trumpets and trombones, a drummer, and I played the French horn. Our school didn’t have a big instrumental tradition, and [...]

The Loneliness Effect

By |September 5th, 2019|

Is loneliness a growing problem? Photo: Matthew Henry. Source: Freerangestock. CC0. Several major publications have recently claimed that loneliness has risen dramatically, that it’s an epidemic, that there is a “loneliness crisis.” In the UK, the government even created a “Minister for Loneliness” as a way to battle social isolation and the resulting health problems. Loneliness tends to increase stress, our to which our bodies [...]

The Wealth of Asia

By |September 4th, 2019|

What is Hong Kong? Photo: Robster1983. Source: Wikimedia. CC0. Hong Kong is a former British Colony founded in 1840 as a trading station. It has a free market economy with almost no tariffs or duties, highly dependent on international trade and finance. In fact, the value of imports and exports, $1.2 trillion, is approximately four time the size of Hong Kong’s economy. It has very [...]

Working Harder or Smarter? Or Something Else?

By |September 3rd, 2019|

How can we be more productive? Photo: Doug Tengdin. When we think of how to be more productive, we may think of long days and hard labor. When economists look at an entire economy, they consider equipment, technology, and training. And productivity is incredibly important to an economy. One of the simplest equations in economics is how to calculate economic growth: Labor force growth plus [...]

Forestry Lessons

By |August 30th, 2019|

Big things start out small. Photo: Alanzon. Source: Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA 3.0. That’s what I thought on a recent hike in the White Mountains. The forest was thick and dark. Up above the treetops, it was a bright, sunny day. Down on the forest floor the light had been filtered through several layers of overstory. But there was a funny thing about the forest floor: it [...]

Latte Art

By |August 29th, 2019|

Does your work get noticed? Photo: Burst. Source: Picography. CC0. I recently stopped at a roadside donut shop to get a quick cup of coffee, and the server took a little extra time with my latte. He handed it over with a vague, curious smile. Intrigued, I popped off the lid on my coffee cup before taking my first sip. Sure enough, there was a [...]

Significant Curves

By |August 28th, 2019|

Does the yield curve mean anything? Photo: Brian Carson. Source: Flikr. CC BY-SA-NC-2.0 When you’re zooming into a curvy section of the road, you need to slow down. It’s a simple matter of physics and engineering. A few years ago I was biking in the early morning and came into a curve too fast. I had good tires and a bike that was great around [...]

The Future of ‘Working’

By |August 27th, 2019|

Where will your next job be? Photo: StockSnap. Source: Pixabay The nature of work is changing. What used to be a privilege is becoming a requirement. We start our days checking email on our smartphones, grab a muffin while we run out the door to meet with an old friend at the local coffee shop. That meeting becomes a networking opportunity, as we share memories, [...]

Starting Out

By |August 26th, 2019|

What does it take to get started fishing? Photo: Virginia State Parks. Source: Flikr. CC-BY-2.0 Not much: just a hook, a line, and some bait. I remember going fishing with my 5-year old cousin when I was a young boy myself. She was wiggling her drop-line off the side of our boat, but she would pull it away when the fish got close to her [...]