The economy seems to be slowing. Will this be a mid-cycle slowdown as it has been the last two decades or will it evolve into a recession? In either event, does it presage a bear market in equities? Or is this just another oversold buying opportunity, a gift courtesy of panic selling because of the Israeli-Lebanon situation? If you follow the markets with any sense of history, we do in fact live in interesting times.
But before we jump into our main topics, let's turn our eyes to Israel and Lebanon.
This week's events have made it clear why as investors you need to be able to get a handle on world events. My single best source for commentary on geopolitics is George Friedman and Stratfor.com. ABC News recently said they are able to predict world-changing events in ways that no one else can. They are consistently ahead of the curve with their thoughtful analysis of events all over the world. I caught up with George this afternoon and discussed the situation with him.