Unemployment Rate Drops

By Joe Day

The drop in the unemployment, despite the slow growth in farm payrolls, is a good sign for the economy. I think it is likely we’ll see this number drop to close to 8% by year-end, but given the structural unemployment issues, extended unemployment benefits and older generations not retiring, these issues create a lot of upward pressure on that number… Read more


ISM Index of Manufacturing in US Rises

By Joe Day

Despite unrest in Egypt the markets are looking towards further economic expansion.  Hurdles remain, but confidence continues to improve. (Click here to read Bloomberg.com article)


The Fed

By Joe Day

The Fed’s role in the recent financial crisis is unprecedented. While there is no doubt they staved off a true collapse of our financial system, there is also no doubt that they wield significant power over our capital markets that truly tests the principals of “free markets”. A few quotes from the article below are worth noting: ““The Federal Reserve… Read more


Federal Worker Pay Freeze Proposed

By Joe Day

Hopefully this is a start of several measures to reign in the deficit… and hopefully it gets bipartisan support. (Click here to read Bloomberg.com article)


The Trend: Recovery

By Joe Day

The trend toward further recovery continues… although, uncertainty on the Korean peninsula and the final details of Ireland’s bailout help to keep equities flat over two days of trading. (Click here to read Bloomberg.com article)


Small Business Activity

By Joe Day

It is this type of small business activity that will further drive the economy.  The next two quarters wills a lot about the strength of the current recovery, in terms of hiring activity and consumer confidence over the holiday season. (Click here to read Bloomberg.com article)


China’s Growing Appetite

By Joe Day

An interesting look at China’s influence in global deal making and the fear it stokes amongst purveyors of capitalism. The point at the end of the article “Show a Little Confidence” is poignant. I’ve said for a long-time that capitalism can be the tool that could erode communistic tendencies, within China itself. As… China adapts to the world, in order… Read more


Deficit Cuts

By Joe Day

We will have to wait until the final report comes out, to know the full extent of the deficit-cutting commissions proposals. My hope is that they are extensive and implemented. Unfortunately, something tells me that Congress won’t execute on most of the recommendations. It will be spun into, “don’t cut this, cut th…at” or “don’t change that rule, change the… Read more


Bill Gross and His November 2010 Investment Outlook

By Joe Day

Bill Gross manages over $250 billion in assets, through the Pimco’s Total Return strategy… His investment firm PIMCO is responsible for overseeing about $750 billion in investor funds. His “Investment Outlook” for November 2010 is a very fitting piece, given today is electio…n day. His outlook for this month starts with his view on the current political process, with no… Read more


Feds Charge Berg With Fraud on Investments

By Joe Day

This is why I welcome more oversight for my industry.  This type of fraud does nothing but discourage investors, destroy confidence, and ultimately destroy the lives of those people who have been defrauded.  This is also why it is important for investment advisors and portfolio managers to be transparent in their business operations and as forthcoming as possible in all… Read more


 

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bio3Joe Day, CFA is the Founder of Bear Mountain Capital. Joe started the company after spending many years advising high net worth clients with a leading global wealth management firm. Joe earned the right to use the CFA designation from the CFA Institute in 2011. He also holds a degree in Business Administration, with a Major in Finance from Gonzaga University.

Luke Collova is an Investment Advisor Representative for Bear Mountain Capital focusing on planning, investment strategy, client development and operational support. Luke’s prior career included providing commercial insurance coverage for a global insurance firm. Luke maintains his Series 65 license and holds a degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Finance and International Business from the University of Puget Sound.