Market Commentary

  • September 9, 2014

    The Markets It’s déjà vu all over again! Last year, pundits and analysts tried to discern when the Federal Reserve might begin to end quantitative easing by reading economic tea leaves. For months, bad economic news proved to be good news for stock markets. This year, investors are seeking signs which might indicate when the […]

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  • August 19, 2014

    The Markets Hopes of economic recovery in Europe were put on hold when gross domestic product figures across the region showed no – nada, zero, zip – growth overall during the second quarter of 2014. First quarter’s growth (0.2%) hadn’t been all that impressive either, but at least it was headed in the right direction. […]

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  • August 12, 2014

    The Markets During the dog days of summer, a triple dip – three melting scoops of frozen goodness perched precariously on a waffle cone – can be delicious. There are other kinds of triple dips that are a lot less welcome, though. Just look at Italy. Last week, the Italian National Institute of Statistics released […]

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  • August 5, 2014

    The Markets Last week, investors took a long look at the crazy quilt of information and events around the world and decided they didn’t like what they were seeing. Geopolitical tensions puckered a lot of seams: Conflict in Ukraine was embroidered with additional sanctions against Russia, difficulty investigating the downed commercial airliner in Ukraine, and […]

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  • July 31, 2014

    The Markets Anchors aweigh! Said “anchors” being set adrift are the perception that government bonds are always low risk investments. Behavioral finance – a field of study that looks at behavioral and cognitive psychology in tandem with conventional economics and finance to explain why investors do what they do – tells us investors have been known […]

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  • July 15, 2014

    The Markets Germany may have clobbered Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals last week, earning a chance to become the first European team to win the event in Latin America, but things back home in Europe weren’t quite so rosy. First, a sizeable Portuguese bank startled investors when it failed to make an interest payment […]

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  • July 8, 2014

    Happy birthday, United States of America! U.S. stock markets gave Americans plenty of reason to celebrate over the Fourth of July weekend. The Dow Jones Industrials Average earned ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from investors and pundits as it shot above 17,000 last week. The Telegraph observed, however, market highs sometimes cause investors to engage in emotional behaviors like anchoring, which […]

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  • July 2, 2014

    The Markets Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce delivered news that was as welcome as a great white shark sighting at a popular beach on the Fourth of July: the Commerce Department’s third revision of its estimate for economic growth in the United States during the first quarter of 2014 was revised downward. Instead […]

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  • June 16th 2014

    The Markets Investors remained complacent even in the face of unexpected events in Europe and the Middle East this past week. Last week, news media reported civil war in Syria has boiled over into Iraq, and ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), a Sunni extremist group, has seized control of hundreds of square miles. […]

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