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!

The Latest Employment Report: Better Than Not Good

203,000 jobs added is not bad, but it certainly is not enough to say that the economy is on its way to a good recovery. . . . → Read More: The Latest Employment Report: Better Than Not Good

It Turns Out I Was Completely Wrong

I was wrong about the economy being on the verge of improving. Possibly due to the shutdown, it seems that it actually got worse. So I brace for a lot more sluggish growth and hope that new housing construction will eventually catch up with pent-up demand. . . . → Read More: It Turns Out I Was Completely Wrong

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

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

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