Posts By: Jason Roque

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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Mounting Storm? | September 8, 2017

Last week several stressors caused volatility to increase. Will it be short lived or are the concerns sustainable? Natural Disasters Economic indicators have started to skew as a result of Hurricane Harvey and soon we will begin to see the impacts of Irma. This is the least of the concerns…
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Low for Long, Right? | September 1, 2017

Low for long is the mantra we hear often. The story being that interest rates will remain lower for an abnormally long period of time. Why is that? Initially it was done to stimulate a failing economy during the recession… eight plus years ago. That was how we got there,…
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