Current Trends & News
A weekly financial recap curated by SPC's team of wealth management and tax-integrated advisors.*
We monitor and explore the intricacies of the financial world and share insights into market developments.
Week of June 7th
Economic growth in the United States is on the rebound.
Week of May 31st
One side effect of the pandemic was a collapse in demand for oil.
Week of May 24th
Markets hate uncertainty, and recently there has been plenty of it.
Week of May 17th
Ever since the financial crisis, central banks have pursued expansionary monetary policies to encourage reflation and avoid deflation.
Week of May 10th
Economists estimated 975,000 new jobs would be created in April.
Week of May 3rd
Week of April 26th
Last week, as investors weighed the news, strong corporate earnings were offset by higher grocery prices and rising numbers of global coronavirus cases.
Week of April 19th
The direction of bond yields is influenced by investors’ expectations for economic growth, among other factors.
Week of April 12th
Investors didn’t stumble over inflation last week. Why not?
Week of April 5th
Big economies tend to recover from recessions about as quickly as semi-trucks accelerate from stop lights.
Week of March 29th
Last week, unemployment claims were looking good and consumers were feeling good.
Week of March 22nd
Bank of America recently published the results of its March global asset managers’ survey, which polls 220 professional investors responsible for about $630 billion in assets.
Week of March 15th
Investors had a lot to be enthusiastic about last week.
Week of March 8th
Neanderthal DNA may make people more – or less – susceptible to COVID-19, reported The Economist.
Week of March 1st
Students of financial markets may have noted a historically unusual event last week.
Week of February 22nd
Contrarian investors like to buck the trend.
Week of February 15th
Way back, when radio disk jockeys played 45-rpm vinyl singles, the A-side of a disk was the song the record company was promoting and the other side...
Week of February 8th
The yield curve for U.S. Treasuries is steeper than it has been in a while.
Week of February 1st
They say people watching the same event often see different things. That seems to have been the case last week and this week when share prices of a few companies experienced tremendous volatility.
Week of January 25th
Last week, as COVID-19 vaccination efforts continued, there was speculation about stock market corrections and asset bubbles.
Week of January 18th
Investors were rocked by economic data showing the economy hit the brakes in December.
Week of January 11th
The event at the United States Capitol building resulted in worldwide condemnation, but it didn’t deter global stock markets.
Week of January 4th
After the $900 billion fiscal stimulus bill was signed on Sunday, major U.S. stock indices moved higher.
Week of December 28th
U.S. stock markets remained calm as a fresh chapter opened in the coronavirus stimulus saga last week.
Week of December 21st
Over the weekend, lawmakers reached an agreement on a $900B relief bill after breaking through an impasse late Saturday night, with votes on final legislation unfolding Sunday evening and just hours before the government was set to run out of funding.
Week of December 14th
Last week, there was speculation about whether some parts of the U.S. stock market have become overvalued.
Week of December 7th
When is bad news good news? Take a look at last week.
Week of November 30th
Last week, diverse narratives had the potential to influence consumer and investor behavior, but not all did.
Week of November 23rd
Week of November 16th
In May, the United States government announced Operation Warp Speed.
Week of November 9th
It’s said markets hate uncertainty, but last week was the exception that disproves the rule.
Week of November 2nd
Last week, financial markets and economic data told very different stories.
Week of October 26th
Stimulus talks led investors in a merry dance last week.
Week of October 19th
It was a turbulent week for investors.
Week of October 12, 2020
Markets were sharply focused on the status of stimulus last week.
Week of October 5th
Last week, the third quarter of 2020 came to an end – and the fourth quarter delivered an October surprise.
Week of September 28th
For four weeks, the U.S. stock market has sparked and sputtered like a campfire in light rain.
Week of September 21st
Investors weren’t happy with central banks last week.
Week of September 14th
Last week, the Nasdaq Composite Index set another record.
Week of September 7th
Stock markets in the United States retreated a bit last week.
Week of August 31st
August has been a good month for stock investors.
Week of August 24th
The shortest bear market in history is over. We do not know how long this new bull market will last.
Week of August 17th
The Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index finished the week within a whisker of its February high, reported Randall Forsyth of Barron’s.
Week of August 10th
There was good news and bad news in last week’s employment report.
Week of August 3rd
Last week delivered a mixed bag of financial and economic news.
Week of July 27th
Where are we on vaccines and treatments?
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Week of July 20th
Is the United States economy recovering or faltering?
Week of July 13th
Last week, a reopened Japanese theme park asked patrons to wear masks to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Week of July 6th
What a quarter!
Week of June 29th
Blame it on the coronavirus.
Week of June 22nd
Could it be the upside surprises?
Week of June 15th
The Nasdaq Composite dipped its toes into record territory last week before retreating.
Week of June 8th
The employment report electrified U.S. stock markets last week.
Week of June 1st
Are those green shoots?
Week of May 25, 2020
It was a good week for stock markets in the U.S., but there was trouble in Asia.
Week of May 11, 2020
The stock market is not the economy.
Week of May 4, 2020
There are signs COVID-19 may be in retreat.
Week of April 27, 2020
Last week, the world watched in consternation as the price of oil, specifically West Texas Intermediate crude oil, dropped into negative territory.
Week of April 20, 2020
Last week’s economic data was about what you might expect in the midst of a virus crisis that has shut down businesses and forced people to stay home.
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SPC Financial® remains committed to keeping you financially informed about the volatile market conditions as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take shape throughout the U.S. and the world at large.
Week of April 13, 2020
At the end of last week, the CDC reported the United States remains in the acceleration phase of the coronavirus pandemic.
Week of April 6, 2020
COVID-19 has changed our world in ways previously unimaginable. In many states, Americans shelter at home ...
Week of March 30th, 2020
The United States set some records last week.
A Message From Our President & CEO
In light of the current global pandemic + national emergency, our President & CEO, Edward G. Sella, has published a message outlining what MD's shut down of non-essential businesses means for SPC, how we continue to provide human-centric service, and more.
Week of March 23rd, 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to spread across the United States last week.
Week of March 16th, 2020
Mid-week, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global pandemic.
Week of March 9th, 2020
Global stocks dropped sharply on Monday morning. The catalyst for the decline was the inability of Russia and Saudi Arabia to reach a deal on controlling the supply of oil.
Market Update: March 12, 2020
Financial markets remain concerned with the global impact of COVID-19. Over the past two days...
Week of March 2nd, 2020
During the last quarter of 2018, major stock indices in the Unites States suffered double-digit losses, much of it during the month of December. What happened next?
Week of February 24, 2020
The coronavirus appears to have inspired two distinct schools of thought among investors.
Week of February 17th, 2020
Investors’ optimism in the face of economic headwinds has confounded some in the financial services industry.
Week of February 10th, 2020
Last week, major U.S. indices posted strong gains. That’s welcoming news, but the drivers behind share price appreciation appear to have little to do with company fundamentals.
Week of February 3rd, 2020
Precautions designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus may also slow Chinese economic growth and, by extension, global economic growth.
Week of January 27th, 2020
News of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China unsettled investors around the world.
Week of January 20th, 2020
The United States and China signed a preliminary trade deal last week. The next day, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement was approved by the Senate.
Week of January 13th, 2020
Iran fired 22 ballistic missiles at the Ain Al Asad air base near western Iraq and a second base in northern Iraq following last week’s U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian military commander.
Week of January 6th, 2020
2019 was a remarkable year for investors with many asset classes delivering positive performance.
Weekly Digest: December 30th, 2019
For the year, stock and bond markets delivered exceptional returns.
Our President's Year in Review
This year-end letter from our President & CEO, Edward Geoffrey Sella, takes a look back at our weekly newsletters from throughout the year and how SPC has evolved to better meet our clients' needs, feedback, suggestions, and expectations.
Weekly Digest: December 16th, 2019
Last week was a good week for investors.
Weekly Digest: December 9th, 2019
On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 266,000 new jobs were created in November.
Weekly Digest: November 25th, 2019
We hope that wherever you and however far that you traveled, that you have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving Day weekend!
Weekly Digest: December 2nd, 2019
On Black Friday 2019, many shoppers didn’t venture any farther than their favorite digital device.
Weekly Digest: November 18th, 2019
The longest bull market in history showed no signs of slowing last week.
Weekly Digest: November 11th, 2019
Last week, major United States stock indices finished at historic highs.
Weekly Digest: November 4th, 2019
The Federal Reserve lowered interest rates last week, as expected. This decision by the Federal Open Market Committee’s decision was well received.
Weekly Digest: October 28th, 2019
So far, 2019 has been a very good year for U.S. stocks.
Weekly Digest: October 21st, 2019
There was some positive news for investors who prioritize fundamentals. Third quarter’s earnings season – the period of time when companies let investors know how they performed during the previous quarter – got off to a strong start.
Weekly Digest: October 14th, 2019
The world breathed a sigh of relief last week when the United States and China took a step toward a trade-war truce.
Weekly Digest: October 7th, 2019
From trade wars to impeachment inquiries, investors had a lot to ponder during the third quarter.
Weekly Digest: September 30th, 2019
We are currently in one of the longest bull markets in history, and while the market has gone through a consistent up trend since the end of the financial crisis, it has not been free of worry from investors.
Weekly Digest: September 23rd, 2019
Renowned economist Robert Shiller’s new book suggests investors may be able to predict and prepare for economic events by tracking popular stories.
Weekly Digest: September 16th, 2019
The core U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures changes in the prices Americans pay for goods. The Index rose 0.3 percent from July to August.
Weekly Digest: September 9th, 2019
The U.S.-China trade war has had a significant impact on stock market performance during the past two years.
Weekly Digest: September 2nd, 2019
Last week finally broke the downward trend in the stock market. It was the best week for major U.S. stock indices since June.