Posts By: Jason Roque

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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A Path Forward | February 9, 2018

Markets tumbled an additional 5.16% last week; the real question is, where can the opportunities be found? In our most recent growth cycle, we experienced strengthening global growth with anemic inflation. This fostered an environment of increased corporate spending and accelerating growth (an environment that proves to be very favorable…
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Free Fall | February 2, 2018

Last week markets reacted strongly to the unemployment report, but why and will the fall continue? The jobs report carried plenty of good data for January. Non-farm payrolls grew by 200K, the participation rate remained unchanged, the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1%, and wage growth came in at 2.9%…
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Peeling Back GDP | January 26, 2018

GDP came in at a lackluster 2.6% for the 4th Quarter, missing expectations of a 2.9% growth rate. Markets did not react as you would expect, but why? GDP was expected to be a strong 2.9% for the 4th Quarter–rounding out a year of accelerating growth.  Instead we got 2.6%…
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Blind Bull Part 2 | January 19, 2018

The markets have grown 5.11% year to date, and this last week helped that along. Economic data, however, did not support the surge. Housing for December was not promising as new housing starts fell 107K. The move, if it proves to be longer term, could be bad for construction employment….
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