Posts By: Jason Roque

Over Promise, Under Deliver

Markets remained relatively flat across last week. Wednesday’s rate decision being the event of the year, came with lackluster fan fair from equity markets. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) came to the much telegraphed decision to raise the Fed Funds Rate .25% on Wednesday. The newest piece of information…
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2 Headwinds to Fear

In the last month, markets have strongly rallied. With valuations rising to all-time highs, what could bring the markets back to earth? Data from this last week supported additional advances in the market. ISM non-manufacturing index climbed to 57.2 from 54.8 last month, a strong indication of consumer strength. Consumer…
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Housing vs Economy

Markets surged to all-time highs this past Friday. A surge that could be short lived… Economic data across much the week supported market performance. This also continued to firm the case of a Federal Reserve Board (FRB) rate hike at the meeting December 13-14. OIL This coming week brings an…
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Welcome to The Table!

There is a renewed promise of fiscal policy contributing to economic growth. Does this promise bring potential or risk??? Monetary policy has been carrying the weight of stimulating economic growth for years. Now that Washington will not be divided, there is increasing likelihood that we will see fiscal policy join…
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Trump Card

The election sent a shock wave through markets, both domestic and international, but not quite in the way expected… Over the prior weekend it was announced that the FBI had not changed its conclusion regarding Secretary Clinton’s email investigation. Monda, markets rallied heavily; it was believed by many that markets…
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More of The Same?

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) met this last week and left rates unchanged. FOMC in-action was much expected, however they did set the table for a December rate hike. A rate hike in November was very unlikely. With the US election days away from the FOMC meeting, they did…
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4 Currency Battles

Currencies have been on the move as of late. China, Europe, Japan, and many emerging economies have all seen their currencies fall in recent weeks. Notice that the US was not on that list… Among the reasons for the global slip in currency comes from US data. US GDP data…
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A World Divided

Actions across the globe in the next two months could shape a distinctly divided global economy heading into 2017. US Housing Data showed a conflicted US housing market. Existing home sales expanded 170K, while housing starts shrunk by 103K[1]. This is not shocking as housing starts reflect future closings, 4-…
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Sneak Attack

The election is all anyone wants to talk about, but what if it is a non-event for markets? Last Week Tepid economic data in the US was contrasted by surprisingly strong data coming out of the EU. This strengthened the dollar and gave US markets a bit of a pull…
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Financial Crisis Repeat?

Markets were little changed last week. Much like the month of September, the lack of change for the week did not reflect the actual activity. The main drivers of volatility last week were Oil, the potential of a government closure, and the fear of a contagion event should Duetsche Bank…
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