Posts By: Jason Roque

Fed Ripple Effect

This past week was focused on central bank meetings for the US and Japan. In the US, very few people believed the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) was going to raise rates this month… They did not disappoint! Markets rallied across the board following the FRB decision to hold pat at…
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Volatility Shifts Gears!

With the summer doldrums behind us, September has come bursting onto the scene. From a week over week stand point markets were little changed, however, volatility day to day was much different. What pushed markets into high gear? August tends to be a month of low volume and low activity;…
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Beginning of The End?

Last week was laced with Federal Reserve comments that were hawkish and economic data that would lead one to believe that a rate hike should not be eminent. Oh, and by the way North Korea decided to test another bomb… Is this the beginning of the end? No suspense, the…
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Rate Watch: Day 261

On December 16th, 2015 The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) raised rates for the first time since 2006. They also said they were going to raise rates 4 times in 2016… It has been 261 days since the last rate hike. There are only 3 meetings left in the year and…
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Jackson Hole

Last week was dictated by Jackson Hole. Low volume through-out the week persisted in anticipation of Janet Yellen speaking on Friday. Many hoped that the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) chairperson would give further indication of policy direction. Hawkish and we could see rate increases sooner rather than later. Dovish and…
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Fed Up!

The market lost a negligible amount of ground last week. Federal Reserve posturing along with firming oil prices led the market headlines for the week. There was an interplay between both oil and Federal Reserve Board (FRB) minutes. Oil firmed over the week; on the surface it was related to…
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The Rally Continues

Now 7 weeks’ old, this rally is showing its age. Can it continue to deliver weekly gains? Two weeks ago markets were mediocre until Friday’s jobs report offered enough optimism that the economy is still on the right trajectory. At the release of the repot markets surged allowing an advance…
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Jobs Deliver…

All week it seemed as though markets were waiting for something to happen. As if a big calamity or massive earnings were going to unfold… Nope, just jobs… The week was marked by low volume, which is very typical for August. Volume did not pick up at the end of…
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FRB Slow Play…

[1] The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) met and did nothing as expected. Their phrasing increased the likelihood of a rate increase in September, so what now for markets? Nothing… Absolutely nothing. Markets, as of late, have been more driven by action or inaction by Europe and Japan. Markets are looking…
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Rally, Week 4!

The post Brexit market rally continued this last week even in the face of a failed Turkish coup that has now resulted in a state of emergency. US Data Data in the US was light this last week, with the focus remaining on the 2nd quarter earnings. While still negative…
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