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Our FEATURE today focuses on a booming economy that has surprised pundits and investors of all stripes. A sure sign (historically) that the economy may be "frothy" is the surge in Merger & Acquisition (M&A) & Leverage Buyout Activity (LBO). The Wall St Journal reports that there's a trillion dollar cash trove ready to invest. What the public doesn't realize is that these intermediaries earn outrageous fees and have little or no risk if the mergers don't work out and fail. The "urge to merge" activity is the largest since 2007 which marked the market top prior to the crash of 2008. One key issue that could become a major determining factor in the US and global economy is the threat of tariffs. Other topics include: The weekly drop in the DOW-a sign?, Gold plunges, A commodity surge in 2018?, The Bond market conundrum, The Fed's strategy, Car tracking, The greatest white collar crime of all time-Guess who? & Punch drunk DeNiro. "Disclaimer: This commentary is provided for informational and educational purposes only. The information, analysis and opinions expressed herein reflect our judgment as of this date and are subject to change at any time without notice. They are not intended to constitute legal, tax, securities or investment advice or a recommended course of action in any given situation. All investments carry a certain risk and there is no assurance that an investment will provide positive performance over any period of time. Information obtained from third party resources are believed to be reliable but not guaranteed. Past performance is not indicative of future results. H. L. Quist is an Investment Advisor Representative."
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