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 September 6th
Stagflation is a combination of ‘stagnation’ and ‘inflation.’
Week of August 30th
Last week, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s words helped grow the week’s equity market returns.
Week of August 23rd
The benefits provided by recent stimulus packages seem to be fading.
Week of August 16th
The most common way to measure economic output is Gross Domestic Product.
Week of August 9th
For months, investors have wondered when the Federal Reserve (Fed) might begin to “normalize” its policies, a process that will eventually lead to higher interest rates.
Week of August 2nd
For decades, investors have recognized the investment potential of China.
Week of July 26th
Last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research finally announced the official dates for the recession that occurred in 2020.
Week of July 19th
The term “peak growth” has become popular.
Week of July 12th
Equity investors appeared to be focused on the United States Treasury bond market.
Week of July 5th
The Economist developed the Global Normalcy Index (GNI) to measure the post-pandemic return to normal.
Week of June 28th
Infrastructure is essential and sometimes taken for granted.
Week of June 21st
The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) met last week.
Week of June 14th
On Thursday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index Summary, which showed prices were up 5 percent year-to-year.
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
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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.