Posts By: Jason Roque

Trade Wars: Episode 764 | March 16, 2018

Markets retreated last week as volatility has continued to be the theme. Will trade wars continue to dominate the market landscape? The current environment is fraught with uncertainty and the markets do not tend to respond well to that. They loved tax reform, for example, as it increased margins for…
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Tariff This! | March 9, 2018

The markets ran the gamut last week. What caused the swings and led to being up 3% on the week?   Politics as usual  The week started much like the prior week had ended, with the talk of tariffs–Set to be 25% for imported steel and 10% for imported aluminum. We also saw the departure of Gary Cohen from the Administration. This news sent the markets south. Word…
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The Volatility Pendulum | March 2, 2018

Markets shed 2% last week as the pendulum swung back towards correction. What is next for the markets? The pullback appeared to be an immediate response to concerns over the potential of a trade war. President Trump announced tariffs on imported Steel and Aluminum, 25% and 10% respectively. This was…
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Rates and Stocks | February 23, 2018

Markets grew at a humble rate last week and volatility has come back down. As we look ahead to the next growth cycle, interest rates will likely play a pivotal role for equities. US equities have surged over the last 2 years as we have experienced a low level of…
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What Goes Down Must Go Up! | February 16, 2018

In recent weeks, volatility has been turned on its head. Where will it go from here? 2017 saw incredibly low volatility. The VIX, The Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) main measure of volatility, ranged between 9.14 and 16.17 for the year. The height of volatility came in August as…
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