Posts Categorized: MARKET THOUGHTS

Year in Review | December 29, 2017

The year was one of the purest in Market performance seen in decades. What lies ahead now that 2017 in officially in the books? A Look Back 2017 had many notable market run ups. In a rarity for a positive year, Large Caps out performed Small Caps. In addition, international…
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Happy Tax Reform Day! | December 22, 2017

Data and fiscal stimulus, in the way of tax reform, were slipped under the tree right before the Holidays, but we did not see the growth you would expect, why? Economic Data Housing data was in focus as existing home sales, housing starts, and home prices surged in November. Much…
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American Productivity | December 15, 2017

This last week we saw valuations increase on the hopes of fiscal stimulus (tax reform) and dovish monetary policy expectations for 2018. WHAT IS MISSING? Psst, the clue is above! FISCAL STIMULUS Typically, fiscal stimulus is reserved during bad economic conditions to assist in the reacceleration of the economy. Not…
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Fed Factor | December 8, 2017

Markets have fully priced in the Federal Reserve Board’s (FRB) anticipated rate hike on Wednesday. So, why will all eyes be on the meeting? Economic Data Data showed continued expansion this past week, but with a tone of moderation. Factory orders experienced a slight fall, but this came in the…
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Taxes, Data, and Bombs | December 1, 2017

Last week saw a rise in volatility. It came during a week where markets surged substantially. Was the surge founded and volatility should calm down? Or will volatility increase from a market move in the other direction? Market data for the week was strong. Home prices rose steadily over the…
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The Turkey Trade | November 24, 2017

The markets surged on the holiday shortened week. Was this due to low volume and vacations or was there truly a reason for the surge? Economic Data For the most part economic data was strong last week. The most notable was a surge in existing home sales (making up 90%…
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The Tax Trade | November 17, 2017

The week was little changed when you look at the open on Monday and the close on Friday. There is more to it when you look at how tax reform moved the markets. The lack of movement is a bit deceiving, however, as markets ebbed and flowed on news related…
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Not So Smart Money | November 10, 2017

Markets have surged over the past year on the back of strong earnings, subdued inflation, and the hope of fiscal and financial reform. Earnings As markets continue to set new all-time highs each week, investor support has yet to wane. In the last several weeks, third quarter earnings have been…
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Around We Go! | November 4, 2017

Trip Around the Globe

There was meaningful activity from every corner of the globe last week. It all translated into markets gains for the week, but not without concerns… US In the US we saw modest growth as the GOP released the proposed tax reform that they intend to pass before Thanksgiving. More impactful…
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Glitch in Central Banking | October 27, 2017

Last week was a big week for the European Central Bank (ECB). They had a chance to out-do the Federal Reserve Bank (FRB), did it happen? The ECB was widely expected to announce the tapering of their bond buying program last week. They currently are purchasing sovereign EU debt at…
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