Market Commentary

  • December 15, 2021

    Inflation Data Trends The Markets Inflation met expectations. When the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) last week, it showed that inflation was at levels last seen in 1982. In November, prices were up 0.8 percent month-to-month and 6.8 percent year-to-year. “It was the blowout, inflation number that everyone was expecting—and […]

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  • October 6, 2021

    Weekly Market Commentary October 6, 2021 September strikes again… The Markets If you look back over the last 20 years, September has been the least performing month for many of the years. This year, the S&P 500 dropped 4.8 percent in September. That wasn’t enough to wipe out gains from earlier in the third quarter, […]

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  • September 28, 2021

    Weekly Market Commentary September 28, 2021 We are in a headline driven market! The Markets Central banks have a lot of influence on investors, markets and economies. For the last year or so, the Federal Reserve has been purchasing $120 billion of bonds every month to ensure United States markets remained liquid and interest rates […]

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  • September 8th, 2021

    Weekly Market Commentary September 8, 2021 The Economy versus Inflation and the Delta variant The Markets Stagflation isn’t trending, but it was mentioned in quite a few headlines last week. Stagflation is a blend of ‘stagnation’ and ‘inflation.’ It occurs when a country experiences slow economic growth along with high inflation and high unemployment. In […]

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  • August 18, 2021

    Weekly Market Commentary August 18, 2021 The Fed and Productivity Are we there yet? For months, investors have wondered when the Federal Reserve (Fed) might begin to “normalize” its policies, a process that will eventually lead to higher interest rates. Last week, a better-than-expected unemployment report – showing a gain of almost a million jobs […]

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  • August 5, 2021

    Weekly Market Commentary August 5, 2021 China and It’s Markets The Chinese dragon cast a shadow over free trade and foreign investment last week. For decades, investors have recognized the investment potential of China. Since the country opened to foreign trade and investment in 1979, its economy has grown rapidly. Through 2018, its economic growth, […]

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  • July 13, 2021

    Weekly Market Commentary July 13, 2021 The Markets vs Inflation, Covid, and Bond Yield There was an emotional block in financial markets last week as equity investors slowed to see what the United States Treasury bond market was up to. A new wave of COVID-19 swamps the global recovery. Twenty-four U.S. states saw the number […]

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  • June 23, 2021

    Weekly Market Commentary June 23, 2021 What Comprises the National debt WHAT IS IT? Over the next few months, we’ll probably begin to hear more about the deficit, the debt, and the debt limit. Here’s a primer to help you keep them straight. The U.S. deficit: When the United States has a deficit, it means the government […]

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  • June 15, 2021

    Weekly Market Commentary June 15, 2021 Inflation and Innovation The Markets Media analysts were plucking the inflation daisy petals last week. On Thursday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index Summary, which showed prices were up 5 percent year-to-year. Investors are debating whether the surge in prices at both a producer and […]

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  • June 8, 2021

    Weekly Market Commentary June 8, 2021 Big Oil Board Battles and CEO Pay The Markets Are we at a tipping point? One side effect of the pandemic was a collapse in demand for oil, which led to “the largest revision to the value of the oil industry’s assets in at least a decade,” reported Collin […]

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