Posts Categorized: MARKET THOUGHTS

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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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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Global Turmoil | August 25, 2017

With earnings season all but over, focus has shifted from corporate profits to global concerns across emerging markets. NAFTA Relations between the US and Mexico were strained this week as NAFTA talks got underway. Additionally, market’s felt turmoil on Wednesday partly in response to a rally speech where President Trump…
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The Beginning? | August 18, 2017

The start of the week looked like a new beginning.  Geo-political tensions had calmed, equity markets surged in a big way, and the storm of the prior week looked like it had been averted. Then came Thursday… Like a boat with no rudder in the storm, markets were batted around…
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Truth About Volatility | August 11, 2017

Volatility increased slightly last week, jumping from 9.90 to 15.50. Geo-political tensions were to blame for the rise… or were they? Geo-political tensions between the US and North Korea rose to a fever pitch over the last week. A war of words ensued and the markets appeared to falter as…
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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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