Market Commentary

  • July 13, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary July 13, 2020   The Markets During 2020, stock markets in the United States have taken investors on an emotional rollercoaster ride. By late March, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had lost more than 30 percent. The Index has since regained most of those losses, although there have been many ups […]

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  • July 6, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary July 6, 2020   The Markets What a quarter! Who could have guessed a global pandemic would produce positive stock market returns? Near the end of last quarter (March 23), the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was down 30.75 percent for the year, and it looked like 2020 was going to be […]

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  • June 22, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary June 22, 2020   The Markets Could it be the upside surprises? U.S. stock markets have marched higher despite a pandemic, an economic downturn, and social justice protests. Here are some narratives that purport to explain recent market performance, including: Quarantine boredom. Matt Levine of Bloomberg has postulated “…a lot of individual […]

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  • June 15, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary June 15, 2020   The Markets The Nasdaq Composite dipped its toes into record territory last week before retreating. Stock indices in the United States rallied early last week on optimism about the reopening of businesses across the country. The Nasdaq Composite rose to 10,000 for the first time ever, before tumbling […]

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  • June 9, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary June 9, 2020   The Markets The employment report electrified U.S. stock markets last week. American stock markets responded enthusiastically to the news U.S. unemployment was 13.3 percent in May. If it seems inexplicable double-digit unemployment would thrill investors, there is a reason. The unemployment rate in April was higher at 14.7 […]

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  • June 3, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary June 3, 2020   The Markets Are those green shoots? In economic terms, green shoots are signs of improvement. If you were paying close attention, you might have seen some in economic data released last week. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated: “…from March 21 to March 31, when many social distancing […]

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  • May 26, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary May 26, 2020   The Markets It was a good week for stock markets in the United States, but there was trouble in Asia. U.S. stock markets rallied last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, and Nasdaq Composite all gained more than 3 percent, reported Barron’s. Investors […]

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  • May 18, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary May 18, 2020 The Markets   America is reopening, state by state. That’s welcome news for many businesses, but we’re far from business as usual. Some households may be able to sustain or increase consumption because of generous unemployment benefits. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act increased unemployment benefits […]

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  • May 6, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary May 6, 2020   The Markets There are signs COVID-19 may be in retreat. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control reported, overall in the United States, for the week ending April 25 (officially week 17 of the coronavirus), the number of: People visiting healthcare providers with COVID-19 symptoms declined. Positive tests […]

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  • March 5, 2020

    Weekly Market Commentary March 5, 2020   The Markets Take a deep breath. We have experienced downturns before. Think back to 2018. During the last quarter of the year, major stock indices in the United States suffered double-digit losses, much of it during December. What happened next? By the end of 2019, those indices had […]

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