Posts By: Jason Roque

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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Dollar Conundrum

Markets were little changed over the last week as earnings got under way. Mid-week turbulence was barely noticeable as the markets pulled back gains from earlier highs. There was little economic data, causing the focus to shift to a speech mid-week by President-Elect Trump. The speech called for reforms in…
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Eurozone Resurgence?

Eurozone data is improving even with the activation of Article 50 looming in the first half of the year. What does this mean for the Eurozone outlook in 2017? Headwinds are formidable for the EU. Floundering inflation, Brexit, a referendum in Italy that could lead to “Italeave”… dumb names… As…
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2016 Rear View Mirror

With 2016 behind us, there is plenty to look back on and plenty more to infer regarding 2017! The year started like a derailed train. Oil was sinking to new lows as the supply glut was strangling prices. Economic data out of China tumbled during the first month and a…
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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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