Posts By: Jason Roque

The Devil in the Details

Much as expected the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) raised rates last week. So, why did the markets rally and longer term rates fall on the news? Naturally, you would expect markets to retreat as the FRB tightens monetary policy. It usually signals the end of loose consumer spending and less…
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The Party is Over!

Markets have blown through all time highs. Economic activity is running strong. Real Estate is on a seemingly unstoppable growth trajectory. So, how can the party end??? The markets celebrated the eighth anniversary of the bottom of the financial crisis last Thursday, the 9th. For much of those eight years…
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Reflation Tailwind

The “reflation” trade has dominated headlines as of late. Headlines, however, do not create profits. Is there substance to the economic tailwind currently in place? US Data ISM Manufacturing PMI came in at a strong 57.7 (over 50 indicates expansionary). Conference Board Consumer Confidence came in at 114.8, the highest…
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Breaking Records!

Records are meant to be broken and last week the Dow Jones matched a record not seen since 1992. Could this positive run spell the end of the current rally? This was the first time since 1992 that the Dow Jones closed at record highs for 11 straight days. Economic…
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Return of the Hawks

President Trump has stolen much of investors’ attention, however, Federal Reserve Board (FRB) activity still matters immensely. Especially if their actions are unexpected…   US Data Retail sales were up .6% in January and December’s figures were revised up[1]. Strong retail sales for January may reflect the warmer than expected…
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German Greece

An international drama is beginning to unfold. Germany is struggling to hold on to a united European Union and Greece could be the beginning of the end… International Data Greece has come back on the scene. Which means they will be referenced every week through June in this article… Lucky…
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Unlocking Populism

After being a dead movement in the United States since the early 1900’s, Populism has surged back in a big way. What implications does it have for the markets? US Data The unemployment rate ticked up to 4.8% from 4.7%, but participation increased to 62.9% from 62.7%. Often when we…
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20,000, A Paper Giant?

This past week the Dow Jones crossed 20,000 points for the first time ever! This historic event comes amid concerning data that could indicate we won’t be here long… US Data The data from last week reflected some softening factors for the economy. 4th Quarter GDP, released on Friday, came…
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From Doves to Tweets

For several years now, markets have focused almost exclusively on the Chairperson of the Federal Reserve Board (FRB). In the last 3 months, we have seen an extreme shift in that attention… Since the US election, the markets have experienced the ‘Trump Bump’. The positive trend in economic data during…
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