Market Commentary

  • August 30, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary August 30, 2019   The Markets Have you ever watched a lake in a thunderstorm? Heavy rain pummels the surface. Dark clouds drop the sky closer to the water. Gusty winds crash waves ashore. Up top, on land, damage may occur. Underneath, in the deeper water, things often remain pretty much the […]

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  • August 16, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary August 16, 2019 The Markets The Federal Open Market Committee completed what it called ‘a mid-cycle adjustment’ with a quarter-point rate cut last week. Some investors were unhappy when Fed officials implied there would not be another reduction this year. They’d been hoping for at least one, reported Barron’s. Then, like a […]

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  • July 29, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary July 29, 2019 The Markets In the United States, stock markets were blue ribbon winners last week. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounded and the Nasdaq Composite did as well. Barron’s reported U.S. stock markets were supported by abundant optimism inspired by expectations for solid earnings growth and a Federal Reserve […]

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  • July 18, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary July 18, 2019 The Markets Happy Summer everyone. Last week, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index set a new record, closing above 3,000 for the first time. Other major U.S. stock indices also finished at record highs, reported Barron’s. Company fundamentals, investor sentiment, and geopolitics all have the power to push stock […]

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  • July 8, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary July 8, 2019 The Markets What will the Federal Reserve do now? There was unexpected economic news last week. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced 224,000 new jobs were added in June, which was more than analysts had anticipated. The gains were offset a bit by reductions in April and […]

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  • June 24, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary June 24, 2019 The Markets Here’s what happened last week: The Federal Open Market Committee met last week (they decide whether the central bank of the United States should push rates higher or move them lower). It left rates unchanged, but indicated a willingness to lower rates in support of economic expansion. […]

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  • June 17, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary June 17, 2019   The Markets Are we on the cusp of change? The United States is doing quite well. Randall Forsyth of Barron’s reported: “…the U.S. economy and stock market both seem to be doing better than OK, thank you, as the expansion and bull market celebrate their 10th anniversaries. Unemployment […]

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  • June 10, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary June 10, 2019   The Markets Surprise! It was a great week for markets. Since the U.S.-China trade conflict resumed in early May, investors have been off balance. The possibility of escalating tariffs on Mexico heightened economic uncertainty. Then, last week’s unemployment report arrived with news that 75,000 jobs were created in […]

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  • June 3, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary June 3, 2019   The Markets Tariff trouble. Just two weeks ago, the U.S. government lifted tariffs on Mexico and Canada. So, it was a surprise last week when President Trump tweeted the United States would impose an escalating tariff on all goods imported from Mexico until the flow of migrants to […]

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  • May 28, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary May 28, 2019   The Markets During the past decade, the profitability of U.S. companies increased rapidly. Strong corporate earnings helped the U.S. stock market outperform markets in other nations by a significant margin. It’s also been a process that I have followed in your portfolio design during this period by often […]

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