Market Commentary

  • March 11, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary March 11, 2019   The Markets The market hates surprises, especially when the surprise comes from a central bank. Last week, the European Central Bank unexpectedly reversed course and took a more accommodating stance on monetary policy in an effort to encourage stronger European economic growth. The Eurozone isn’t the only region […]

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  • March 4, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary March 4, 2019   The Markets Is it a soft landing? Economists use aviation metaphors to describe the results of central banks’ efforts to manage rapidly growing economies. If the Federal Reserve lifts rates enough to prevent the economy from overheating without jolting it into recession, then it has engineered a soft […]

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  • February 11, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary February 11, 2019   The Markets Central banks take a turn. At its first policy meeting of 2019, the U.S. Federal Reserve changed direction. After four rate increases in 2018, Chair Jerome Powell announced interest rates were on hold. Last week, banks in the United Kingdom, Australia, and India followed suit by […]

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  • December 10th, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary December 10, 2018   The Markets We’re off to a slow start but if you step back a bit in time there is good news to digest about the market. The headlines keep promoting that the recent selloff’s have removed the positive performance year to date of 2018 of some of the […]

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  • November 26, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary November 26, 2018   The Markets It was a turkey of a week. The United States and China continued to spar over trade and other issues. It is appearing that the market anticipates global economic growth could stumble if trade tensions escalate. However, the flip-side of this issue is that every time […]

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  • October 22, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary October 22, 2018   The Markets The world remains full of opportunities and challenges. Although we’ve seen global markets moving in tandem in recent years, Sara Potter of FactSet pointed out, “…we’re starting to see the end of the synchronized global growth that has prevailed over the last two years. While the […]

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  • October 1, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary October 1, 2018   The Markets It wasn’t headline news but the Federal Reserve raised rates for the third time in 2018, as expected. In addition, the Federal Open Market Committee projects economic growth will continue for three more years, although its median numbers show growth slowing from 3.1 percent in 2018 […]

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  • September 24, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary September 24, 2018   The Markets Did you hear the news? A tech company introduced a microwave you can turn on using Wi-Fi – as long as you have one of the company’s voice assistants at home, reported Kaitlyn Tiffany of Vox. Soon, the voice assistants will be built with neural networks […]

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  • September 17, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary September 17, 2018   The Markets The September installment of University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Survey reported Americans are feeling pretty optimistic. Consumer sentiment rose to the second highest level since 2004, and consumer expectations reached the highest level since 2004. Surveys of Consumers chief economist, Richard Curtin, wrote: “Consumers anticipated continued […]

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  • September 10, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary September 10, 2018   The Markets Remember: Volatility is normal. Major U.S. stock market indices climbed into record territory during August and then gave back some gains last week. Strong economic growth and rising wages have the potential to push inflation – increases in prices of everyday goods – higher than the […]

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