Posts By: Jason Roque

Market Thoughts | Reverse Course | May 25, 2018

Oil, Rates, and Europe have all reversed course this last week. What were the catalysts, and should we be concerned? The US backed away recently from the Iran deal. That action results in the eventual sanctioning of Iran, which will leave them, as well as the heavily sanctioned Venezuela, under…
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Inverse Indicators | May 18, 2018

Two main indicators of future market activity were conflicting this past week. Which indicator should we listen to? Oil prices rose during the week to $72.15 and eventually settled at $71.35. $72.15 marked the highest oil price seen since 2014. Elevated commodity prices are often a signal of the end…
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Oil, Oil, and Oil | May 11, 2018

Last week, saw a rise in S&P 500 performance. Will recent momentum evaporate as we move away from earnings season? 1st quarter earnings are projected to increase approximately 24.9%, a strong year over year increase thanks in large part to tax reform. Nearly 80% of companies are beating expectations and…
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Unemployment or Inflation? | May 4, 2018

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash For much of the last decade the focus has been squarely on unemployment and this past Friday was no different… Or was it? Unemployment was released this past Friday and delighted investors with a headline rate at 3.9%. Also impressive was the fact that the U6 rate (measuring…
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The Hole in the Boat… | April 27, 2018

‘Cut taxes’ they said, ‘it will be fun’ they said, nobody told them it could crash the bond market… Tax reform is providing us some much-needed respite from the volatility created by inflation concerns and tariff talk. As we go through the corporate earnings season, 53% of companies have reported…
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