Market Commentary

  • 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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  • September 04, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary September 4, 2018 The Markets I hope you had a restful Labor Day weekend. Markets were fired up last week after the United States and Mexico agreed on new trade rules. The S&P 500 Index reached an all-time high and finished the month of August up about 3 percent. During the latter […]

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  • August 27, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary August 27, 2018   The Markets Happy Labor Day everyone! Not everybody loves meetings and even fewer enjoy reading the minutes, but investors make an exception with the Federal Reserve. This week the Fed published the minutes from its August 1 meeting. While no changes were made to interest rates, the minutes […]

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  • August 20, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary August 20, 2018   The Markets Missed it by THAT much! After a rocky start, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index came within 1 percent of an all-time high last week. It’s significant because the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has been trading below its January record all year. Would you believe…the […]

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  • August 13, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary August 13, 2018   The Markets Let’s talk Turkey! So, how did a country that represents just about 1.4 percent of the world’s economy spark a global selloff? Turkey was once a rising star. The country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in 2003 and his “conservative, pro-business policies helped pull […]

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  • August 6, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary August 6, 2018   The Markets Capital gains tax reform comes with a big price tag: $100 billion over 10 years. A capital gain is any increase in the value of an asset, such as an investment, a home, land, etc., between its purchase and its sale. The amount of a gain […]

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  • July 27, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary July 27, 2018   The Markets Last week, there was some good news and some notable news. Here’s the good news: Corporate earnings have been strong. As of July 20, 17 percent of the companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had reported second quarter results. More than 85 percent of […]

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  • July 10, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary July 9, 2018 The Markets What a rollercoaster of a quarter! When it comes to the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) Sentiment Survey, respondents tend to be more bullish than bearish about U.S. stock markets. The survey’s historical averages are: 38.5 percent bullish 31.0 percent neutral 30.5 percent bearish As the […]

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  • June 25, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary June 25, 2018 The Markets As Yogi Berra once said: It’s déjà vu all over again. Also a nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore. Since tariffs have become such a major headline again I thought I’d resend my comments I put together on March 5th of 2018. It should put some perspective […]

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  • June 18, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary June 18, 2018 The Markets Deal or no deal? Last week opened with heightened trade tensions between the United States and its allies. It closed with the United States imposing new tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods. The Chinese then declared it was the start of a trade war. U.S. markets […]

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