Roger Arnold is the chief economist for ALM Advisors, a Pasadena, Calif.-based money management firm specializing in income-generating portfolios. Concurrent with his other business responsibilities, Arnold was a radio talk show host for 15 years. He focuses on behavioral economics and chaos theory, better known as the "butterfly effect." He explains the relationships between political, economic and social systems, and how they are all reflected in the financial markets -- stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies and real estate.

Well-known names losing out to Wal-Mart and others on apparel.
1Q GDP was reported in a disparate range, between 0.2% and 2%.
Household formations are a factor, but this is still perplexing.
Most of the correction from their cyclical peaks is over.
Loan misuse and Fed's threatened rate hikes aren't helping.
It all comes down to rising rates.
They keep giving out low-cost commercial and industrial loans.
| May 07, 2015
| 2:33 PM EDT
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The only thing it's good at anymore is downsizing.
The available tools are no longer adequate.

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