Market Commentary

  • December 2, 2014

    The Markets If investors around the world were voting on their favorite stock market, there is little doubt U.S. markets would finish near the top. Barron’s explained, “For the past three years, Wall Street has been beating the world’s other markets, inducing investors to stay the course.” So, how popular are U.S. markets? The Standard […]

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  • Thanksgiving 2014

    The Markets Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  There’s no debate about the fact central banks around the world are taking a page or two from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s playbook. The Fed may have ended its program of buying government bonds to keep interest rates low and increase money supply – in October, but that doesn’t mean […]

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  • November 18, 2014

    The Markets “Is all this stock market optimism a red flag?” Contrarians – investors who bet against prevailing market trends – were probably nodding along as they read that headline in The Wall Street Journal back on January 18, 2013. The Journal cited the American Association of Individual Investor’s Sentiment Survey, which showed about 46 […]

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  • November 7, 2014

    The Markets On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced October marked the end of its third round of quantitative easing . Since late 2008, the Fed has purchased trillions of dollars of government and mortgage-backed bonds in an effort to spur economic growth (by increasing liquidity and lending) and head off deflation. In October, The […]

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  • October 27, 2014

    The Markets After a week that left investors wondering what’s next – much like fishermen on a lake as the wind kicks up and the water gets choppy – the wind settled and the fish started biting. U.S. stock markets posted their best weekly returns in almost two years last week. When all was said […]

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  • October 13, 2014

    The Markets Keep Calm and Carry On. The slogan comes from a United Kingdom Ministry of Information propaganda poster designed to boost morale if the United Kingdom was invaded during World War II. Despite its current popularity, the poster was never distributed. The slogan offers some sound advice for anyone who was unnerved by last […]

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  • October 9, 2014

    The Markets During the third quarter of 2014, U.S. investors remained neutral but anxious during the quarter despite mixed economic signals, monetary policy concerns, and geopolitical tensions. U.S. Treasury bond rates have remained low even with the end of quantitative easing in sight and the Federal Reserve preparing for the next step in unwinding monetary […]

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  • September 30, 2014

    The Markets Last week offered some lessons in career management, economics, and investor impulse, among other things. Derek Jeter, the well-loved Yankees shortstop, finished the final home game of his career by smacking a game-winning hit. Throughout his last season, ticket prices for Yankees games soared on the secondary market with $16 bleacher seats selling […]

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  • September 16, 2014

    The Markets If you’re familiar with fairy tales, you’ve probably encountered a story or two that involves the granting of wishes. Usually, these are cautionary tales. Well, there was some wishing going on around the globe last week and, if the wishes come true, the outcomes may be less beneficial than anticipated. In the United […]

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  • September 9, 2014

    The Markets It’s déjà vu all over again! Last year, pundits and analysts tried to discern when the Federal Reserve might begin to end quantitative easing by reading economic tea leaves. For months, bad economic news proved to be good news for stock markets. This year, investors are seeking signs which might indicate when the […]

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