Larry’s Blog

Yanks May Be Hunting for a Pitcher via Trade But Such Acquisitions Tend to Be Hit or Miss

July 20, 2018

A theme in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry this year is that the Yankees, who have an abundance of talented position players in the minors, will acquire a top gun pitcher to fortify their suspect starting rotation before the end-of-July deadline for non-waiver player trades. Such moves carry two risks. First, the Yankees have a checkered […] More

Yankees and Red Sox Next Opponents Both Have Poor Pre-All Star Game Records

July 19, 2018

Pitching match-ups in the three upcoming Yankee games and three up coming Red Sox games cast possible further light on some of the points made in my earlier posts on this Eastern Division Rivalry. The Yankees will be facing their cross-town National League representative, the New York Mets, who have a record of 39 wins […] More

Second Place Yankees Achieved Greater Success than Red Sox against Top Teams

July 18, 2018

The New York Yankees at the all-star break have the second best record in major league baseball, winning 65.3% of the 95 games that they have played. The Yankees play in the same Eastern Division of the American League as do the Red Sox, and a fairly significant gap between their records has developed since […] More

Red Sox Face a Tougher Schedule Going Forward

July 16, 2018

If the 2018 major league baseball season ended at the all-star break, the Red Sox record against the nine other teams to make post-season play would be merely 10 wins and 10 loss, warranting a win-some-lose-some grade of C. To be sure, the Red Sox at 68-30 have a better overall record than the other […] More

Few Red Sox Weaknesses

July 16, 2018

The Red Sox reached Major League baseball’s all-star game break with a combination of relentless hitting and a stable of top pitchers. The Sox sport a team batting average of 0.272, 0.011 better than the next highest BA in the American league, and they have the hitters with the top and third highest individual batting […] More

Baseball All-Star Break

July 15, 2018

In part, I was attracted to a lifetime career as a currency market watcher and analyst because of an earlier passion for major league baseball. Both fields yield reams of data that evolve on a daily basis. Following day to day changes in the rankings of the European Monetary System felt similar to monitoring day […] More

Is It Time to Push Back Against Coming Inflation?

June 30, 2017

Fixed income sovereign debt yields have been rising. The Federal Reserve has already raised the federal funds rate four times and is promising more increases as well as separate actions to begin trimming its $4.5 trillion balance sheet. ECB President drew attention after observing that forces of reflation are displacing forces of deflation, and a […] More

Ask Your Doctor TV Ads

March 29, 2017

Few issues have proven more contentious in the U.S. political debate than health care. Because of a quirk of history, America alone relies on employers to arrange deals and pay for a significant share of the health care bill. The fault lines in the health care debate are over breadth of coverage, its cost, the┬áproper […] More

Businessmen in Politics

January 19, 2017

An article in today’s business section of the New York Times presents the Trump cabinet as an excellent experiment to determine if the skills that make a successful businessman transfer readily to the challenges faced by political leaders. Never before has a collection of very wealthy leaders of business compiled a presidential cabinet as the […] More

The Dollar in Years When a New President Is Inaugurated

January 17, 2017

In February 1973, the second dollar devaluation in 14 months failed to stem heavy speculative downward pressure on the U.S. currency. Just a couple of weeks later, fixed exchange rates imposed by rigidly automatic central bank intervention were ended against the currencies of other advanced economies. A new system of floating exchange rates was born, […] More