Market Commentary

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    December 11, 2017

    Weekly Market Commentary December 11, 2017 The Markets “It’s the happiest season of all.” While holidays don’t make everyone happy, investors should be feeling festive. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Dow are up year-to-date and Treasury bond yields are lower than they were at the start of the year. In addition, the Volatility […]

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    December 4, 2017

    Weekly Market Commentary December 4, 2017 The Markets What will it take to shake investors’ confidence? From the perspective of unsettling events, last week was jam-packed. North Korea claimed to have the capability to strike the United States with a nuclear missile, tax reform continued to travel a controversial path through the House and Senate, […]

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    November 27, 2017

    Weekly Market Commentary November 27, 2017 The Markets Stock markets around the world have had positive returns this year. Emerging markets (small international markets) have delivered the most attractive returns year-to-date and The United States and Europe have marched higher as well. An early November Investors Intelligence Sentiment Survey, which gauges the attitudes of U.S. […]

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    November 1, 2017

    Weekly Market Commentary October 30, 2017 The Markets The last full week of October was a box full of surprises. First, U.S. economic growth exceeded expectations. The devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria was widely expected to stifle U.S. quarterly growth, according to NPR but instead, U.S. GDP grew by 3.0 percent. In […]

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    October 9, 2017

    Weekly Market Commentary October 9, 2017 The Markets Slow and steady… It has been 332 days since the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index experienced a one day 5 percent drop, reported Barron’s. If there isn’t a selloff on Monday or Tuesday, this will become the longest rally without such a drop. By Barron’s calculations, the […]

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    October 2, 2017

    Weekly Market Commentary October 2, 2017 The Markets A lot happened during the third quarter of 2017, but not much changed. The bull market in U.S. stocks continued to move ahead as the fundamentals stayed steady. The bull market in U.S. bonds continued as well. Interest rates on 10-year Treasury bonds were lower at the […]

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    September 7, 2017

    Weekly Market Commentary September 7, 2017 The Markets While second quarter’s growth spurt was welcome news, it was overshadowed by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and across a swath of the Gulf Coast. Initial estimates of the property damage inflicted by the storm stand between $30 and $40 billion. We send our […]

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    August 28, 2017

    Weekly Market Commentary August 28, 2017 The Markets I hope everyone is ready for a good long weekend and maybe one last dash to the beach. I want to give you a heads up that we are heading for another “headline cycle” in the media about the debt ceiling and a potential government shut down. […]

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    August 14, 2017

    Weekly Market Commentary August 14, 2017 The Markets North Korea may be a little country, but it can churn up big trouble. The possibility that verbal hostilities between the United States and North Korea could trigger geopolitical conflict had investors on the run last week. In the United States, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index […]

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    August 2, 2017

    Weekly Market Commentary August 02, 2017 The Markets There was some good news and some bad news last week. First, the good news: Thanks to consumer spending and an upturn in federal government spending, the U.S. economy grew faster from April through June this year. Gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.6 percent during the […]

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