Market Commentary

  • November 13, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary November 13, 2019   The Markets Last week, major United States stock indices finished higher. According to a source cited by Barron’s, the stock markets are responsible for creating $6 trillion in paper wealth this year. ‘Paper’ wealth is when an asset is estimated to be worth a specific amount and the […]

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  • October 31, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary October 31, 2019   The Markets At this time I’d like to share a couple of observations from the recent research conference. In a review of where money moved in the markets year to date several groups led the way. Defensive stocks with dividends, low volatility positions, high quality stocks and large […]

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  • October 15, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary October 15, 2019   The Markets The world breathed a sigh of relief last week when the United States and China took a step toward a trade-war truce. Financial Times reported the United States agreed to not increase tariffs from 25 percent to 30 percent on $250 billion of Chinese imports next […]

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  • September 18, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary September 18, 2019 The Markets Where’s inflation? If you enjoy searching for Waldo, the visual nemesis in a red-striped sweater and cap, you may appreciate the quandary of central bankers in many wealthy nations. For almost a decade, they’ve been trying to find inflation. Last week, there were reports of a sighting […]

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  • September 13, 2019

    Weekly Market Commentary September 13, 2019 The Markets Remember the movie Groundhog Day? Bill Murray’s character is a crotchety newsman who lives the same day over and over again. After exhausting other options, he chooses self-improvement and eventually escapes the cycle. The movie came to mind last week when the United States and China headed […]

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  • 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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