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Market Commentary – July 10, 2017

Things you may want to know… Last Friday, Financial Times (FT) published, ‘Five markets charts that matter for investors.’ Among the issues addressed in the charts were: The bond market bear watch. The yield on 10-year German Bunds (Germany’s government bonds) reached an 18-month high of 0.58 percent recently. Yields rose after the European Central… Read More

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Market Commentary – April 17, 2017

And the survey said… In late 2016, Natixis Global surveyed 500 institutional decision makers representing corporate pension plans, public pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, foundations, and endowments. Survey participants said market volatility, geopolitics, and interest rates were their top risk concerns for 2017. So far, U.S. stock markets haven’t proven to be very… Read More

Market Commentary – March 6, 2017

It was a grand slam. Major U.S. stock markets were positively euphoric following President Trump’s speech on February 28. Optimism about the new administration’s pro-growth policies propelled the four major U.S. stock indices to record highs, despite a dearth of policy details, reported Financial Times. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why stocks have moved so… Read More

Market Commentary – January 23, 2017

Markets weren’t quite sure which direction to move last week. The Trump rally, which lost some steam, gained momentum early in the week. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index finished January 19, the day before the inauguration, with its biggest election-to-inauguration gain since Bill Clinton won a second term in 1996, according to MarketWatch, and… Read More

Market Commentary – January 3, 2017

What a difference a year makes! At the start of 2016, investors were rather pessimistic and risk averse, preferring bonds to stocks. By the end of the year, they were quite optimistic and preferred stocks to bonds. In between, markets traveled a bumpy road. During January of last year, few investors imagined we would be… Read More

The Markets- April 11, 2016

We all learned a thing or two about Panama last week. The country is not the home of the Panama hat, which is made in Ecuador. However, it is the only place in the world where you can watch the sun rise on the Pacific Ocean and set on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also home… Read More

The Market – April 6, 2015

The global economy performed a bit like a Rube Goldberg contraption during the first quarter of 2015, although it’s doubtful many countries found humor as economic, financial, and political events triggered other economic, financial, and political events across the world. Europe heads into deflation “The whiff of deflation is everywhere,” reported The Economist early in… Read More

The Market – March 23, 2015

Financial markets gave the Federal Reserve a standing ovation last week. At least, that was Barron’s interpretation. What did the Fed do to deserve it? “…the Fed did what everyone expected, signaling that it could raise interest rates at any meeting starting in June. Yet, Yellen and team still found a way to assure the… Read More

The Markets – March 9, 2015

If you looked at last week from the perspective of the children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, it might have gone like this: If you give the United States a positive employment report, Investors are going to ask whether interest rates will move higher. When they conclude the Federal Reserve may increase… Read More

Meandering Markets

Some of the most difficult times in life are when you just have to watch and wait.  This is the dreaded space known as Limbo.  Limbo is defined by Wikipedia as, “… any status where a person or project is held up, and nothing can be done until another action happens.”  And that my friend… Read More

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