Broker Check
 

Weekly Market Commentary

Market Commentary--November 12, 2018

How are you feeling about financial markets?

Some votes are still being counted but investors appear to be happy with the outcome of mid-term elections. Major U.S. stock indices in the United States...

Read Full Commentary

Market Commentary--November 5, 2018

Stocks recovered some ground last week and then stumbled over unemployment.

Major U.S. stock indices faltered Friday after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on a popular ‘lagging’ economic indicator...

Read Full Commentary

Market Commentary--October 29, 2018

Why did the stock market fall when the economy is doing well?

The answer is that one reflects the past and the other anticipates the future. Last Friday's advance estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis showed the U.S. economy grew 3.5 percent ...

Read Full Commentary

Market Commentary--October 22, 2018

The world remains full of opportunities and challenges.

Although we've seen global markets moving in tandem in recent years, Sara Potter of FactSet pointed out, "We're starting to see the end of the synchronized global growth that has prevailed over the last two years. While the U.S. economy remains strong...

Read Full Commentary

Market Commentary--October 15, 2018

Like an unexpected gust of wind that blows the hat off your head or flips your umbrella inside out, last week’s stock market performance startled investors.

Looking back, it’s easy to identify some of the factors that may have contributed...

Read Full Commentary

Market Commentary--October 8, 2018

The stock market tends to be a leading economic indicator.

Last week offered some insight to economics and stock market behavior. The U.S. unemployment rate reached its lowest level since 1969 and wages moved higher, yet major U.S. stock indices lost value.

Why didn’t stock markets move higher?...

Read Full Commentary

October 1, 2018

It wasn’t headline news…

But, if newsprint was still popular, last week’s key economic news would have appeared below the fold.

The Federal Reserve raised rates for the third time in 2018, as expected. In addition, the Federal Open Market Committee projects economic growth will continue for three more years...

Read Full Commentary

September 24, 2018

Did you hear the news?

A tech company introduced a microwave you can turn on using Wi-Fi – as long as you have one of the company’s voice assistants at home, reported Kaitlyn Tiffany of Vox. Soon, the voice assistants will be built with neural networks that will formulate hunches...

Read Full Commentary

September 10, 2018

Remember: Volatility is normal.

Major U.S. stock market indices climbed into record territory during August. They gave back some gains last week...

Read Full Commentary

September 4, 2018

Where is our country’s biggest export market?

Markets were fired up last week after the United States and Mexico agreed on new trade rules. The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) Index reached an all-time high...

Read Full Commentary

August 27, 2018

Tick, Tock.

Not everybody loves meetings and even fewer enjoy reading the minutes, but investors make an exception with the Federal Reserve. This week the Fed published the minutes from its August 1 meeting. While no changes were made...

Read full commentary

August 20, 2018

As Maxwell Smart used to say…

Missed it by THAT much! After a rocky start, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index came within 1 percent of an all-time high last week, reported Ben Levisohn for Barron’s. It’s significant because...

Read Full Commentary

August 13, 2018

Let’s talk Turkey!

So, how did a country that represents just about 1.4 percent of the world’s economy spark a global selloff?

Turkey was once a rising star. The country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in 2003 and his “conservative, pro-business policies helped ...

Read full commentary

July 30, 2018


Is it a sugar rush or something more sustainable?


Economic growth in the United States was strong during the second quarter. Gross nb domestic product (GDP), which is the value of all goods and services produced in the United States, grew by 4.1 percent. That's the fastest growth in four years, reported the...

Read Full Commentary

July 23, 2018

Last week, there was some good news and some notable news.

Here’s the good news: Corporate earnings have been strong. As of July 20, 17 percent of the companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had reported second quarter results. More than 85 percent of those companies reported positive earnings surprises, according to FactSet, which means they earned...

Read full commentary

July 16, 2018

Investors are becoming more discriminating.

Trade tensions escalated as the U.S. administration expanded tariffs on Chinese goods last week. You wouldn't have known by watching the performance of benchmark indices, though. Just four of the 25 national stock market indices tracked by Barron's --Australia, Italy, Spain, and Mexico--moved lower...

Read Full Commentary