Ups and Downs: When Interest Rates Rise, What Happens to Stocks?

With inflation rising to unprecedented levels, the U.S. Federal Reserve is pushing back by raising the interest rate. The strategy is simple: higher interest rates make it harder for consumers to borrow money for large purchases. Higher interest rates are expected to bring prices back down by lowering consumer demand. But what happens to stocks…


Zuckerberg’s Mea Culpa | From the Mind of the Gorilla

2022 has been a rough year for a lot of people… But for Meta (formerly Facebook) – it’s been absolutely disastrous. Shares of the social media giant are down 70% as I write this… But just a few weeks ago – they were down almost 75%. That’s a MASSIVE drop – and an even bigger…


The Gathering Storm: Will There Be a Recession in 2023?

The cost of living is officially up by 11.1%, the highest increase since 1981. As interest rates and consumer prices climb steadily higher, the threat of a recession casts a shadow over the American economy. Will there be a recession in 2023? No one has a crystal ball, but there are some signs that indicate…


Economic Climate Change: What Defines Bear Markets?

Many of your investment decisions are influenced by broad economic trends. It’s common to hear economists and financial experts talk about a bull or a bear market. You’ll even need to adjust your investment strategy depending on these prevailing market conditions. But what exactly defines bear markets? Here’s everything you need to know about bear…


Change Isn’t Always Good | From the Mind of the Gorilla

  They say the ONLY constant in life is change… And that those who are best suited to adapt to those changes – are the best suited to survive. Well… At least according to Charles Darwin. They also say that change is good… However, that’s not really the case, is it? Sure, sometimes it’s great……


Has Tesla’s Wunderkind Lost His Shine? | From the Mind of the Gorilla

  There’s something about celebrity and fame that people tend to forget… And that’s the simple fact that you’re popular… until you aren’t. Sometimes… People just fall out of favor. As I think back to the biggest stars and celebrities of my youth – very few of them are in the spotlight today. Some have…


Economic Survival Tips: How to Protect Against Inflation

Inflation isn’t going away. Consumers continue to feel the pinch at both the gas station and the grocery store. According to the latest numbers, consumer spending increased by 0.6% from August to September 2022, but household income only grew by 0.4%. This increase means many Americans are dipping into their hard-earned savings to cover their…


The Difference Between Bull and Bear Markets and What They Mean for Your Portfolio

While investors commonly evaluate the performance of individual stocks, there’s also value in tracking the performance of the market as a whole. But if you’re new to the world of investing, terms like “bull” and “bear” markets can sound like something out of a children’s book. Here’s the difference between bull and bear markets and…