Market Commentary

  • July 31, 2014

    The Markets Anchors aweigh! Said “anchors” being set adrift are the perception that government bonds are always low risk investments. Behavioral finance – a field of study that looks at behavioral and cognitive psychology in tandem with conventional economics and finance to explain why investors do what they do – tells us investors have been known […]

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  • July 15, 2014

    The Markets Germany may have clobbered Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals last week, earning a chance to become the first European team to win the event in Latin America, but things back home in Europe weren’t quite so rosy. First, a sizeable Portuguese bank startled investors when it failed to make an interest payment […]

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  • July 8, 2014

    Happy birthday, United States of America! U.S. stock markets gave Americans plenty of reason to celebrate over the Fourth of July weekend. The Dow Jones Industrials Average earned ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from investors and pundits as it shot above 17,000 last week. The Telegraph observed, however, market highs sometimes cause investors to engage in emotional behaviors like anchoring, which […]

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  • July 2, 2014

    The Markets Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce delivered news that was as welcome as a great white shark sighting at a popular beach on the Fourth of July: the Commerce Department’s third revision of its estimate for economic growth in the United States during the first quarter of 2014 was revised downward. Instead […]

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  • June 16th 2014

    The Markets Investors remained complacent even in the face of unexpected events in Europe and the Middle East this past week. Last week, news media reported civil war in Syria has boiled over into Iraq, and ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), a Sunni extremist group, has seized control of hundreds of square miles. […]

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