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Monday, June 17, 2019

Since the U.S.-China trade conflict resumed in early May, investors have been off balance. The possibility of escalating tariffs on Mexico heightened economic uncertainty. Then, last week’s unemployment report arrived with less...

 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

JUNE 3, 2019 Just two weeks ago, the U.S. government lifted tariffs on Mexico and Canada. So, it was a surprise last week when President Trump tweeted the United States would impose an escalating tariff on all goods imported from...

 

Friday, June 7, 2019

During the past decade, the profitability of U.S. companies has increased rapidly. Strong corporate earnings helped the U.S. stock market outperform markets in other nations by a significant margin. According to Capital Economics,...

 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. It’s the time when we pay our respects to the men and women who died fighting for our country. Remembering the men and women who fought for our country can inspire hope for a better future....

 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Trade talk trouble took a toll last week. Major U.S. stock indices moved lower when trade talks between the United States and China broke down. Despite the weak weekly performance, the S&P 500 remains up year-to-date. The economic...

 

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Despite the exceptional performance of U.S. stock markets year-to-date, and data that suggest economic growth remains steady, some analysts and investors have been pecking at Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. They’re keen for...

 

Monday, May 6, 2019

First quarter U.S. GDP surpassed expectations by 0.7%, posting a robust 3.2% annualized growth rate. Expectations had recently been revised upward from below 2% based on trade data. The report eased concerns of a global growth slowdown...

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Pessimism about economic growth prospects has kept institutional investors, including professional money managers whose performance is typically evaluated quarterly, on the sidelines. As a result, despite a “market-friendly shift...

 

Friday, April 26, 2019

There was an interesting development in the United States last week. It was widely reported that a number of companies in retail and banking sectors increased entry-level hourly wages to levels well above the national minimum wage of...

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

While the U.S. stock market has delivered attractive returns year-to-date, suggesting investors anticipate strong economic growth ahead, the bond market has been telling a different story. Late in the first quarter, the yield curve...

 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Through the end of last week, most stock market indices were up for the year, despite falling corporate earnings and modest consumer spending gains. Consumer optimism may have played a role in U.S. stock market gains. The University of...

 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Last week, the Federal Reserve:Last week, the Federal Reserve: Lowered its 2019 estimate for U.S. economic growth to 2.1 percent Announced its intention not to raise interest rates in 2019 Indicated it will stop shrinking its balance...

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Last week, major U.S. stock indices finished higher for the 10th time in 12 weeks. Bond markets moved higher, too, with the yield on 10-year Treasuries dropping just below 2.6 percent, reported Randall Forsyth of Barron’s. Yields...

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Last week, the European Central Bank (ECB) unexpectedly reversed course and took a more accommodative stance on monetary policy in an effort to encourage stronger European economic growth. Tom Fairless of Barron’s explained:Last...

 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Is it a soft landing? Economists use aviation metaphors to describe the results of central banks’ efforts to manage rapidly growing economies. If the Federal Reserve lifts rates enough to prevent the economy from overheating...

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Investors were pleased with the Federal Reserve’s new approach to its balance sheet. The Fed delivered its semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to Congress last week. The report recapped the events of late 2018 and reiterated the...

 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Last week there was no clear driver for the stock market but, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more than 3 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index moved higher by about 2.5 percent. It was...

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

At its first policy meeting of 2019, the U.S. Federal Reserve changed direction. After four rate increases in 2018, Chair Jerome Powell announced interest rates were on hold. Last week, banks in the United Kingdom, Australia, and India...

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Federal Open Market Committee met on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, to discuss the state of the economy and determine policy. After the meeting, Fed Chair Jerome Powell offered a positive assessment of U.S. economic strength that was...

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, which has gotten off to its best start since 1987, ended last week with a slight loss, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite finished slightly higher, reported Ben Levisohn...

 

Monday, January 21, 2019

THE MARKETS Investors and commentators are focused on every piece of data and seemed poised to overreact to data points less important than ones released this week. Stay patient, and don’t be surprised by continued swings in the...

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, which has gotten off to its best start since 1987, ended last week with a slight loss, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite finished slightly higher, reported Ben Levisohn...

 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Holidays can be joyful and a little stressful. Here are a few ways to bring a moment of happiness into your life and the lives of those around you:⦁ Take time to call an old friend.⦁ Buy coffee for a stranger.⦁ Briefly chat with your...

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

THE MARKETS December is usually the best month of the year for the stock market. It has been since 1950, according to Randall Forsyth of Barron’s, but not so far this year. Two issues made investors particularly uncomfortable...

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

THE MARKETS Recently, stocks have delivered a wild ride. During Thanksgiving week, U.S. stock markets took investor uncertainty negatively, suffering a 3.8 percent decline, which was the worst performance in eight months. Then, last...

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

THE MARKETS Global stocks continued to decline as economic weakness and the possibility of further rate increases by the Federal Reserve worried investors. After rallying in late October and early November, global stocks were trading...

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Thanksgiving is a true American holiday. It celebrates generosity and gratitude, and it recognizes the relationships that helped colonists who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 survive beyond their first winter. History.com explained:...

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Some votes are still being counted but investors appeared initially to be happy with the outcome of last week’s mid-term elections. Major U.S. stock indices in the United States moved higher last week, and the American...

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Stocks recovered some ground last week and then stumbled over unemployment. Major U.S. stock indices faltered Friday after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on a popular ‘lagging’ economic indicator –...

 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Why did the stock market fall when the economy is doing well? The answer is that one reflects the past and the other anticipates the future. Last Friday’s advance estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis showed the U.S....

 

Monday, October 29, 2018

The world remains full of opportunities and challenges. Although we’ve seen global markets moving in tandem in recent years, Sara Potter of FactSet pointed out, “…we’re starting to see the end of the...

 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Last week’s stock market performance startled investors. Looking back, it’s easy to identify some of the factors that may have contributed to investors’ unease and shaken confidence in the markets. Ben Levisohn of...

 

Monday, October 15, 2018

The stock market tends to be a leading economic indicator. Last week offered some insight to economics and stock market behavior. The U.S. unemployment rate reached its lowest level since 1969 and wages moved higher, yet major U.S....

 

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Federal Reserve raised rates for the third time in 2018, as expected, and is now targeting a rate between 2 percent and 2.25 percent. The accompanying graphic shows the Fed has increased rates steadily and inflation is very close...

 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Did you hear the news last week? A tech company introduced a microwave you can turn on using Wi-Fi, as long as, you have one of the company’s voice assistants at home, reported Kaitlyn Tiffany of Vox. Soon, the voice assistants...

 

Monday, September 24, 2018

All investors are consumers, but not all consumers are investors. The September installment of University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Survey reported Americans are feeling pretty optimistic. Consumer sentiment rose to the...

 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Remember, volatility is normal. Major U.S. stock market indices climbed into record territory during August. They gave back some gains last week. Peter Wells of Financial Times explained: “Speculation about a fresh round of...

 

Friday, September 14, 2018

The United States and Mexico reached an agreement last week after weeks of renegotiating NAFTA’s trade terms. However, the deal still has to be approved by each country’s lawmakers. Investors responded positively to the...

 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Labor Day Labor Day is about a lot more than the end of summer and the start of a new school year. The holiday, which celebrates American workers, became a federal holiday in 1894 and was created to recognize the contributions and...

 

Monday, August 20, 2018

News of trade talks between the United States and China helped support a rally in U.S. stocks last week. The talks are scheduled for next week, and officials say the two nations hope to sign a compromise by November. The Trump...

 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Let’s talk Turkey. How did a country that represents just about 1.4 percent of the world’s economy spark a global selloff? Turkey was once a rising star. The country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office...

 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Last week, the White House proposed capital gains be adjusted or ‘indexed’ for inflation before they are taxed. Princeton Professor Alan Blinder explained the idea in The Wall Street Journal: “Why index gains? Suppose...

 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Last week, strong U.S. economic growth made additional interest rate hikes lightly. The likelihood of additional hikes and weak earnings from a couple key technology companies was not enough to overcome positive news earlier in the...

 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Trade tensions escalated last week as the U.S. administration expanded tariffs on Chinese goods last week. However, you wouldn’t have known by watching the performance of various world stock market indices. Just four of the 25...

 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The second quarter was a good one for U.S. stock investors. The S&P 500 index climbed 2.9 percent, erasing first quarter losses and leaving the index up 1.7 percent through half of 2018. Global stocks were down 0.1 percent in the...