What is Marcopoloni?

Our goal is to bring people like you, who cherish and appreciate fine artistry, closer to the artisans who create them. Everything we offer is handmade by carefully-selected artisans who pour their love and pride into each piece of work.

Much as Marco Polo brought the Western world in contact with the treasures of the Far East in the late 13th century, Marcopoloni strives to put you in touch with beautiful handmade goods from around the world!

Nothing To Look at Here

With no economic data coming through and with the next date for a fiscal debate yet to be set I am making the final holiday purchasing decisions in the dark. It will be interesting to see if my gut feeling was right or wrong.

The forecast for this year points to moderate growth. I . . . → Read More: Nothing To Look at Here

It’s Hard to Tell

Without an employment report published for September it is hard to tell how things are going. My sense was, and still is, that things were beginning to get better, and by that I mean that the economy was finally taking a step in the right direction towards the goal of solid economic growth–which is . . . → Read More: It’s Hard to Tell

Roma Is Unbelievably Good

After seven games played Roma (21) has won seven games, scored 20 goals and allowed just 1 (in a 3-1 victory). On Saturday Roma beat Inter (14) in Milan and proved that it can handle any team, anywhere, even one with some aspirations. Next week Roma plays Napoli at home, the only other team . . . → Read More: Roma Is Unbelievably Good

Roma Looks Unstoppable

Roma has convinced me that it deserves this championship. I believe that Napoli is going to be the contender. Juventus instead is using the referee crutch and has already lost credibility. . . . → Read More: Roma Looks Unstoppable

Sailing Into Fiscal Headwinds

In my last post, I said that the Fed made the right decision because the economy has been weak this quarter and it is going to face some fiscal headwinds. By fiscal headwinds I was really envisioning the debilitating debate in Washington over the debt ceiling. I should have been more specific and called . . . → Read More: Sailing Into Fiscal Headwinds

Inter Flexes Its Muscles

Inter continues an impressive positive streak against Fiorentina at home and demonstrates that it hopes to finish the season towards the top of the table. . . . → Read More: Inter Flexes Its Muscles

It Is A Different Inter This Year

Inter destroyed Sassuolo today 7-0. But all the top five contenders won and the standings are unchanged. The most impressive victory was by Napoli at Milan’s expense. I now see Napoli and Roma as legitimate (not accidental) table leaders. Lazio and Milan have already lost touch with the top of the table. . . . → Read More: It Is A Different Inter This Year

Fed Tapering Will Have to Wait

The economy is not strong enough to begin tapering bond purchases by the Fed. Mr. Bernanke, in my opinion, made the right decision that will help the economy. The head winds of fiscal tightening are too strong to add to them. As a small business owner I say thank you for not delivering a double punch (tapering plus debt-ceiling cuts). . . . → Read More: Fed Tapering Will Have to Wait

Inter Survives the Juventus Test

Inter rose to the Juventus challenge and tied against it by scoring first. But it couldn’t rise further and beat a strong opponent. It seems that Inter can have a good season and perhaps even rise to the third spot. . . . → Read More: Inter Survives the Juventus Test

Not Entirely Surprisingly, Payrolls Disappoint

Although the impact of the Fed’s announcement to taper its Quantitative Easing program had a greater-than-expected impact on the economy, I think that that impact has been absorbed. The one-two punch of tapering and fiscal tightening would be a blow so I hope that Congress will be sensible in October. . . . → Read More: Not Entirely Surprisingly, Payrolls Disappoint