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Kavar Canvas

The Kavar Canvas is an medium for sharing insights into the meanderings of markets, the “dismal science” of economics and the psychology of investors. Its intent is to dive deeply into a specific and timely concept or two that is littering the financial landscape. We hope you enjoy reading the Canvas as much as we enjoy writing it!

Mixing Metaphors

Five and one half months into 2018 and I can’t help but be reminded of Herman the Hermit’s snappy rendition of: “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am,” from the Ed Sullivan Show in 1965.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GisCRxREDkY) The recollection has nothing to do with the British...
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Questions and Quandaries in the New Year

In 1939, Winston Churchill characterized the geopolitical interests of Russia as, “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Essentially, they were so dense and secretive as to be indecipherable and impossible to foretell.1 Such a colorful, triple-barreled description applies today, almost 80...
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The 4 Quarters of the 1st Third of 2017

When the closing bell rang on Friday, we put to bed the first third of the “new” year.  A strong week in the financial markets confined April’s showers to the weather map, as both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 posted...
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Playing Safely on a Trump-o-line!

When my children were younger and smaller, there was widespread neighborhood concern about the safety of those new spring-loaded, high-netted and higher-flying backyard trampolines. Not only, the wary warned, could there be issues with the integrity of the assembly, but so too with the...
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Searching for Smooth Air

I thought the best April Fool’s Joke that I heard last week was that Thursday was the end of the first quarter of 2016…..Only 3 months? Impossible – Not falling for it! With the intensity of the market’s traversing, the vexing amount of volatility...
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Put me in Coach, I’m Ready to Play!

If interest rates were baseball players, and Janet Yellen, their coach, it’s easy to envision the invocation of John Fogerty’s snappy sports sonnet, “Centerfield.” Channeling the ringing refrain: “.…put me in coach, I’m ready to play….today,” several players in the capital mar-kets line-up have...
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