Yearly Archives: 2019

  • How Do Lower Rates Stimulate Economic Growth?

    Global capital markets were mixed on the week as investors digested favorable economic data and dovish central bank commentary. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index pushed ahead to a level of 3014, representing a gain of 0.82%, while the Russell Midcap Index gained 0.51% for the week ... Read More

  • Stocks Reach Record Highs as Fed Policy Update Looms

    Global equity markets finished higher during the holiday shortened week of trading. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and NASDAQ Composite gained 1.69%, 1.27%, and 1.96% respectively. Overseas, developed and emerging markets, as measured by the MSCI EAFE and MSCI Emerging Market Indexes, advanced 0.52% and 0.69% respectively ... Read More

  • Two Quarters Down, Two to Go in 2019

    As the second quarter of 2019 officially comes to a close, it feels like an appropriate time to reflect on what a wild ride it has been thus far ... Read More

  • Accommodative Central Banks Help Lift Stocks across the Globe

    Stock market participants appear to be putting the month of May in their rear-view mirrors. Global equities advanced last week for the third consecutive week and major averages in the U.S. have now even recouped what was lost during the previous month. Speaking of U.S. indexes, the S&P 500 index and Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.22% and 2.41% respectively for the week. ... Read More

  • To Cut, or Not To Cut…that is the Question

    Global capital markets predominantly moved sideways last week as investors presumably sat on the sidelines waiting for more clarity regarding potential interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index pushed ahead to a level of 2887, representing a gain of 0.53%, while the Russell Midcap Index gained 0.37% for the week. ... Read More

  • The Fed May Let the Good Times Roll

    On the heels of the worst month of the year in terms of stock market returns, global equity markets came roaring back to kick off June. In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 4.77%, the S&P 500 Index rose 4.46%, and the Russell 2000, a measure of the nation’s smaller capitalized companies, increased 3.36% ... Read More

  • Good Riddance, May!

    A breakdown in trade talks between the U.S. and China, along with the surprising new threats of additional tariffs on Mexico, led to a return of stock market volatility in May as investors feared a potential, prolonged trade war that could cripple global economic growth potential. ... Read More

  • “Sell in May and Go Away” may not Ultimately Hold True in 2019

    Global equity markets declined for the third consecutive week heading into the holiday weekend. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 1.14% and 0.63% respectively while the tech-heavy NASDAQ suffered the largest losses of the major equity indexes, retreating by 2.28% ... Read More

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