The Global Market Update is curated by Douglas Tengdin, CFA an employee of Charter Trust Company.
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Going the Distance

By |November 6th, 2018|

Have you ever watched a marathon? Start of New York City Marathon. Photo: Eric Martin. Source: Wikimedia.. I remember the first time I saw the New York City Marathon. Runners start on Staten Island and pour across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, through the other four Boroughs of New York City, and finish in Central Park. It’s a fast course. The top time is sometimes a [...]

Watching Waves

By |November 4th, 2018|

Do you like seeing the surf come in? Photo: Dmitris Vetsikas. Source: Pixabay.. Most of us do. The rhythmic crash of waves on the shore is mesmerizing: whoosh, <pause>, whoosh, <pause>. There’s usually a little wind and a few random bird cries. But the overwhelming sound is the water advancing and retreating, over and over. There’s a good reason that ocean waves are one of [...]

In the Presence Of …

By |October 31st, 2018|

Have you ever met a true genius? Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, who discovered of pulsars as a graduate student. Photo: Roger Hayworth. Source: Wikimedia I was fortunate enough to meet several when I was in high school. Our chemistry teacher organized an outing to a local college, where a Nobel laureate in Physics and three other great minds – one was the laureate’s PhD advisor – were [...]

Platform Souks

By |October 30th, 2018|

Have you ever visited an old market? Photo: Marc Ryckaert. Source: Wikimedia. In North Africa they call them “medinas.” In Latin America they’re called “mercados.” In the middle east they’re “souks.” Whatever name they go by, it’s a colorful experience. There are lines of people filing through the popular areas. Dozens of small shops line the streets, which often have been covered. Different vendors cluster [...]

Wrong Turn?

By |October 29th, 2018|

Have you ever found yourself in a dark alley? Photo: Scott Liddell. Source: Morguefile It can be upsetting. You don’t know who (or what) is lurking in the shadows. Somebody put that graffiti on the walls, and you don’t feel they had your best interests in mind. Maybe you made a wrong turn, or your GPS didn’t work properly. All you want is to get [...]

Keeping Going

By |October 26th, 2018|

Are our investments sustainable? Photo: Usukhbayar Gankhuyag. Source: Unsplash Having a sustainable lifestyle is important. We need to eat well, get enough rest, get regular exercise, and be engaged socially in meaningful relationships. We also need to live within our means, spending less than we earn, and setting cash aside for a rainy day, for times when we may be sick or out of work. [...]

Car Talk

By |October 25th, 2018|

Do you know how your car’s engine works? Photo: Mark Buckawicki. Source: Public Domain Project The last time I lifted the hood it was pretty intimidating. The complex tangle of tubes, lines, and differently colored entry-points was impossible to decipher. The car’s manuals weren’t much help. They didn’t even have normal page numbers; the index referred to page 4-23 or 2-6, and I couldn’t even [...]

Endangered Giants

By |October 23rd, 2018|

Have you ever been somewhere that inspires awe? Photo: PDPhoto.org It’s an amazing feeling. People speak in hushed tones, there’s a sense of majesty, you know you’re in the presence of something amazing. The Grand Canyon, the Giant Sequoias of California, a grand cathedral, or just a clear, starry evening: they stir our spirits and cause us to reflect on our place in the world. [...]