January’s strong market rally (the best start to the year in 30 years) continued into February on a combination of news including constructive US-China trade talks, a considerably more dovish stance from the Fed, and the implementation of stimulus in the Chinese economy. These positives outweighed concerns about slowing global growth and the Standard and […]
January brought welcome relief to investors, as a strong labor market, low inflation, and a more patient Fed reminded markets that underlying fundamentals remain strong. During January, the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index experienced a 7.9% rally, its best January return in over 30 years. Small caps as measured by the Russell 2000 Index, posted […]
In 2018, investors faced a year of heightened volatility (corrections in January and February, and again through the 4th quarter) in which fundamentals were at odds with general sentiment and overall market performance. During the year, we saw markets reach record highs, the economy expand at rates not seen in many years, unemployment reach a […]
In financial markets there are no sure things—and, as financial advisors, we cannot (and would be foolish to try to) use the word “guarantee.” But if advisors and investors ever looked for (or accepted anything as) a sure thing, there is a leading economic indicator with a perfect record. Every modern US recession was preceded […]
November brought more volatility for domestic equity markets. While added pressure resulted in nearly all of the year’s equity market gains being erased by Thanksgiving, a post-holiday rally gave investors much to cheer. The rally comes on the back of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell walking back some of his October commentary that led to […]
In today’s fast paced and high-tech world, 24/7 media coverage is available quite literally at your fingertips. For anyone with social media, it should be no surprise that voter interest in the midterm elections have surged to record highs within both parties. Currently, the House of Representatives, Senate, and presidency are all within Republican control. […]
October was a roller coaster month bringing equities, as measured by the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index, roughly 7% below their September levels. Such volatility has brought a lot of emotions including fear and uncertainty into the forefront for many investors. While unnerving, the market pullback is a reminder of what are defined as more […]
The summer months proved full of volatility for stocks, as investors were inundated with negative rhetoric between the United States and several of its trade partners. Towards the end of September, the US imposed an additional $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, which was met with $60 billion worth imposed by China on US […]
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