Market Commentary

  • 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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  • November 13, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary November 13, 2019   The Markets Last week, major United States stock indices finished higher. According to a source cited by Barron’s, the stock markets are responsible for creating $6 trillion in paper wealth this year. ‘Paper’ wealth is when an asset is estimated to be worth a specific amount and the […]

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  • October 31, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary October 31, 2019   The Markets At this time I’d like to share a couple of observations from the recent research conference. In a review of where money moved in the markets year to date several groups led the way. Defensive stocks with dividends, low volatility positions, high quality stocks and large […]

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  • October 15, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary October 15, 2019   The Markets The world breathed a sigh of relief last week when the United States and China took a step toward a trade-war truce. Financial Times reported the United States agreed to not increase tariffs from 25 percent to 30 percent on $250 billion of Chinese imports next […]

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  • September 18, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary September 18, 2019 The Markets Where’s inflation? If you enjoy searching for Waldo, the visual nemesis in a red-striped sweater and cap, you may appreciate the quandary of central bankers in many wealthy nations. For almost a decade, they’ve been trying to find inflation. Last week, there were reports of a sighting […]

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  • September 13, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary September 13, 2019 The Markets Remember the movie Groundhog Day? Bill Murray’s character is a crotchety newsman who lives the same day over and over again. After exhausting other options, he chooses self-improvement and eventually escapes the cycle. The movie came to mind last week when the United States and China headed […]

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