Market Commentary

  • May 18, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary May 18, 2020 The Markets   America is reopening, state by state. That’s welcome news for many businesses, but we’re far from business as usual. Some households may be able to sustain or increase consumption because of generous unemployment benefits. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act increased unemployment benefits […]

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  • May 6, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary May 6, 2020   The Markets There are signs COVID-19 may be in retreat. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control reported, overall in the United States, for the week ending April 25 (officially week 17 of the coronavirus), the number of: People visiting healthcare providers with COVID-19 symptoms declined. Positive tests […]

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  • March 5, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary March 5, 2020   The Markets Take a deep breath. We have experienced downturns before. Think back to 2018. During the last quarter of the year, major stock indices in the United States suffered double-digit losses, much of it during December. What happened next? By the end of 2019, those indices had […]

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  • February 6, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary February 6, 2020   The Markets There is a good chance markets will be volatile in the coming weeks. Precautions designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus may also slow Chinese economic growth and, by extension, global economic growth. On Thursday, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus to be an […]

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  • January 31, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary January 31, 2020   The Markets News of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China unsettled investors around the world. The respiratory infection is related to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), reported WebMD. Previous virus outbreaks have affected global economic growth. Research into pandemic preparedness suggests extreme […]

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  • January 21, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary January 21, 2020   The Markets The new trade deals are here! The United States and China signed a preliminary trade deal last week. The next day, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement was approved by the Senate. The phase-one deal between the United States and China has been analyzed, applauded, disparaged, and questioned. […]

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  • January 14, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary January 14, 2020   The Markets Happy New Year everyone. U.S. Treasury bond yields dropped sharply last week before rebounding. Financial Times reported the possibility of war caused global investors to seek out investments perceived to be safe havens. Record amounts of cash moved into bond investments, particularly U.S. Treasuries, during the […]

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  • January 6, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary January 6, 2020   The Markets About face! 2019 was a remarkable year for investors with many asset classes delivering positive performance. Both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, and the Dow Jones Global Index delivered double-digit returns. Bonds and gold rallied, too, delivering positive returns for the year. Possibly the most […]

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  • December 23, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary December 23, 2019   The Markets Let’s hear it for 2019! Major stock indices in the United States and overseas are poised to deliver double-digit gains for the year. Even with uncertainty about Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU), the FTSE 100 boasted a gain of more than 10 percent at […]

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  • December 16, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary December 16, 2019   The Markets On Friday, the unemployment report flashed its numbers like a hair model in a shampoo commercial. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 266,000 new jobs were created in November. That was better than expected even after deducting the 40,000-plus General Motors employees returning to work, reported […]

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