Market Commentary

  • February 23, 2015

    The Markets It was all Greek to investors. After debating for weeks Eurozone leaders found grounds for compromise and Greece became the beneficiary of a four-month extension to its current aid package. The deal was contingent on Greece coming up with a list of economic reforms by this Monday for European leaders to approve. World […]

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  • February 9, 2015

    The Markets What’s in an employment report? Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Situation Summary was full of encouraging data. Employment numbers for last November and December were revised higher which made 2014 the strongest year for job growth since 1999. However, 2015 isn’t off to a shabby start. The economy added […]

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  • February 2, 2015

    The Markets January did not turn out to be the best month for U.S. stock markets. At the end of the month, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was down about 3.1 percent and the Dow Jones Index was down 3.69 percent. Before you start listening to the media and internet “experts” think back to […]

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  • January 26, 2015

    The Markets There may be potential for a reality television program starring central bankers and the making of economic policy. It could be called, ‘The Real Central Bankers of the European Economic Community.’ Just imagine the last two weeks’ episodes. Two weeks ago, the Swiss National Bank shocked markets by unpegging its currency and sending […]

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  • December 8, 2014

    The Markets In the United States, it was more of the same ole, same ole… The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor’s 500 closed at record highs for the 34th time and 49th time this year, respectively. The impetus last week was a jobs report that far exceeded expectations. For the 10th consecutive […]

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  • 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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