Michael K. Farr is president and majority owner of Farr, Miller & Washington LLC. He is chairman of the investment committee and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the firm. Prior to starting FM&W, he was a principal with Alex, Brown & Sons.
Farr is a paid contributor for CNBC television and has appeared on "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "NBC's Nightly News," CNN, Bloomberg TV, Reuters and the "Nightly Business Report." Farr is heard on Associated Press Radio, CBS Radio and National Public Radio. His market blogs can be found on CNBC.com, HuffingtonPost.com and Politico.com.
He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., National Association for Business Economics,The World Presidents' Organization, International Atlantic Economic Society and The Washington Association of Money Managers. He is the author of "A Million Is Not Enough" and "The Arrogance Cycle." His third book, "Restoring Our American Dream: The Best Investment," was released in March 2013 and is available on Amazon.
Farr is the chairman of the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation. He also serves on the board of trustees at Sibley Hospital; he is the former vice chairman of the board of the Salvation Army; a former member of the Board of Trustees of Ford's Theatre; the former chairman of the board of directors of the Traveler's Aid Society, Nation's Capitol Progress Foundation; and the Paul Berry Academic Scholarship Foundation. He also is a member of the board of the Neediest Kids.
He graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. He is married and has two children.
Stocks continue to trade sideways on light volume as investors await Bernanke's speech, which is scheduled for Friday morning from the Fed's annual summit in Jackson Hole.
Once again, investor confidence was wounded, and Knight was almost destroyed. The error had decimated the firm’s capital base and rendered the firm insolvent.
Shouldn’t the Treasury be taking advantage of the current rate environment by locking in low rates for as long as possible (just like we’ve all done with our mortgages) rather than committing to pay an unquantifiable amount of interest in the future?
The stock market appears to be taking a well-deserved breather after a double digit first quarter 2012 return. Volatility has increased recently and we find ourselves back nearly where we started the month. We continue to see a disconnect between corporate earnings (very strong) and U.S. economic data (getting better but still not great).
Do you believe the economic recovery is real and sustainable? Those are really two questions, and we suppose someone will want to parse our definition of “real.”