Posts By: Jason Roque

Buying Sales? | October 13, 2017

Last week economic statistics were strong, but markets were fairly flat. Retail sales grew substantially, but did markets believe the data? August retails sales were negative 0.2%, mostly a result of the hurricanes reducing demand. September showed a much different reading as last week’s release revealed a robust increase of…
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The Hurricane Effect | October 8, 2017

Markets advanced last week as volatility was muted while geo-political concerns and a negative jobs creation report did not stand a chance… Here is why. The Bad Geo-political tensions seemed to enhance this past week (not just relations between the US and North Korea, but also relations in the E.U.)…
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Road To Stimulus

Markets extended gains last week on proposed tax reform. What was it about the thinly detailed proposal that drove markets? Tax reform has been a major agenda item for the Trump administration since day one. After the failure to get healthcare completed, his administration is in need of a win….
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Balancing Act | September 22, 2017

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) met last week and announced a path to lighten their balance sheet.   Why is this important and what are the risks? Why unload the balance sheet? The FRB has approximately $4.5T on their balance sheet. By buying US treasuries, they infuse cash into the…
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Bulls Prevail! | September 15, 2017

Volatility fell last week as an appetite for risk returned to the markets. Some of the things that brought risk appetites back were a lack of activity on North Korea’s founding day, Job openings, CPI data, and Consumer sentiment. North Korea On Friday the 8th, there was much expectation that…
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