Market Commentary

  • 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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  • June 11, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary June 11, 2018 The Markets Never before could the Group of 7 Summit have been mistaken for reality TV until now! The generally dignified annual meeting of leaders from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom (along with the heads of the European Commission and European Council) […]

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  • June 4, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary June 4, 2018 The Markets World markets were buffeted by a clamor of good, bad, and unexpected news last week. Events that captured media and investor attention included: Taxing America’s allies. Early in the week, investors weren’t the only ones riled by the administration’s announcement that it would impose hefty trade tariffs […]

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  • May 29, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary May 29, 2018 The Markets Geopolitical uncertainty didn’t dent U.S. stocks last week, but it did cause some global turmoil. Geopolitics is the intersection of geography, economics, and politics and last week there were some fine examples of the ways geopolitical events can create uncertainty. President Donald Trump began the week suggesting […]

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  • May 21, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary May 21, 2018 The Markets As I begin this week’s comments I want to wish you a safe and Happy Memorial weekend. Be sure to love your family and love your pets. U.S. stock markets were relatively calm, although they finished the week lower. U.S. Treasury yields hit a 7-year high and […]

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  • April 30, 2018

    Weekly Market Commentary April 30, 2018 The Markets A meeting of the minds. The Federal Reserve and the U.S. bond market appear to be in agreement about the direction of interest rates which is trending higher. Interest rate worries and inflation are offsetting a lot of the good news that is happening with the earnings […]

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