Seymour Zises, President and co-founder of Family Management, writes bi-monthly opinions on issues and observations of relevance to clients and investors.

A Crude Reality
March-April 2022

It is such a pity and a shame that Russia is devastating Ukraine. We all watch hopefully as Ukraine is courageously fighting back. The sanctions imposed by Western governments and the abandonment of businesses inside Russia have had steep consequences. The most significant market result thus far is a sharp increase in the price of

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Fear & Greed
January-February 2022

The investment world rises and falls on the emotions of greed and fear. In January, the prospect of higher interest rates, tension between “The West” and Russia over Ukraine, and inflation brought fear into the hearts of investors. Fortunately, money is made thinking and not feeling. Our thoughts are focused on how to take advantage

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Pandemics, Politics, Pandemonium, and Printing
November-December 2021

As Thanksgiving came and went, the stock market paused to reflect on higher interest rates and the arrival of the Omicron variant…and sneezed. The Federal Reserve has maintained asset purchases of $120 billion per month until their recent taper program. These purchases and the enormous federal deficit continue to pump up the volume of dollars

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Fantasy
September-October 2021

In many ways, the pandemic created a fantasy. At the height of the pandemic a little over 20% of the U.S. population worked from home. That number has since doubled, and this trend may be here to stay.

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Beijing’s Bust
July-August 2021

If you want to know what can kill the party in the stock market, look no further than China. The recent crackdown on educational for-profit companies, the Ant Financial regulatory issues and the Hong Kong clampdown have sent shudders throughout their markets. 

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