Posts By: Jason Roque

The Unemployment Dilemma | August 4, 2017

Unemployment did the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) a major favor this last week as the rate fell to the lowest level in 16 years. Did it do a favor for the market though? Unemployment The unemployment report provided optimism across the board! The participation rate ticked up to 62.9%, the…
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The Party Rages On | July 28, 2017

After 8 years of partying, the markets got news this last week that the party can continue. At the end of last year, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) projected that they would likely raise rates 3 – 4 times in 2017. Two hikes have already come and their meeting this…
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Market Waves | July 21, 2017

Volumes are soft, price to earnings are high, and trading is quietly positive. Could all of this represent the calm before the storm. Volumes Market volumes have been fairly suppressed over the last 8 years. Trading volume of the S&P 500 are running at about 2B shares a day since…
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The Meddling Ref | July 14, 2017

In recent months, the shifting stance of the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) has caused markets to ebb and flow. The FRB is supposed to be predictable! Transparency:  That is what the FRB strives toward. The more transparent they are, the less shock waves will ripple through financial markets.  Fail. It…
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Peeling Back Unemployment | July 7, 2017

There are several aspects to the unemployment report. The headline rate rose last month–which is typically a sign of a weakening job market. Was that the case this time? Because the overall unemployment rate can be deceiving at times, let’s take a look at the components that make up the…
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