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Monday, September 17, 2018

For 158 years, the Wall Street firm weathered the markets' changes. By 2008, however, various challenges, including excessive risk taking, led to its demise. The firm's unexpected bankruptcy announcement shocked investors and triggered mark

 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Last week certainly provided data and headlines for investors to digest. But the job market, economic fundamentals, and market remain strong.

 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Trade continued to dominate the news last week and cause market volatility as investors monitored discussions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and tension with China. While Mexico and the U.S. reached a new trade deal...

 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Last week marked a noteworthy milestone in our economy.

 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

As several reports deepened our understanding of the economy's underlying health, investors balanced the news with updates on Turkey and trade disputes. Here are some key highlights of the various developments.

 

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Although last week brought relatively few economic updates, we did learn that the labor market continues to improve, consumer prices are on the rise and the challenges facing Turkey's economy had an outsize impact on global stocks.

 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Once again, trade and corporate earnings were in the news last week.

 

Monday, July 30, 2018

The following economic awareness entry is based on short-term events and therefore should not be taken as information towards making investment decisions, which are of a long-term nature. It is only meant to provide clarity regarding...

 

Monday, July 23, 2018

What We Learned Last Week: Corporate earnings rose in the 2nd quarter, Retail sales increased, Industrial production hit a new record, Housing starts dropped

 

Monday, July 16, 2018

We are now two weeks into July, which means the 1st half of 2018 is behind us. As we analyze what may be ahead in the markets, we'll also strive to understand what has happened so far this year.

 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Once again, trade and tariffs were a major topic on many people's minds.

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

While trade headlines may affect market performance, a closer look at the data shows other, more powerful drivers affecting equity prices. In particular, many investors continue to focus on corporate earnings estimates.

 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Two Key Perspectives From Last Week: Trade tension continued and interest rates increased.

 

Monday, June 11, 2018

As last week ended, tension between the U.S. and some of its greatest allies was on the rise. Trade remained a hot-button topic ahead of the G-7 meeting in Canada, but investors seemed largely unfazed by the drama.

 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Markets experienced heightened volatility this week. The markets' highs and lows came from a variety of economic and geopolitical developments.

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Geopolitical uncertainty affected stocks last week, as the historic summit between the U.S. and North Korea began to look less likely.

 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Two familiar topics were on many investors' minds last week: trade and treasuries. Here is a recap of the key details and their market impacts.

 

Monday, May 14, 2018

On Friday, the markets closed the week gaining traction. Various factors came together to support the growth. From geopolitical topics to strong corporate earnings, we'll focus on 3 key developments that drove movement.

 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Domestic indexes posted strong results on Friday, May 4, as the latest labor report data lessened investors' concerns about inflation and interest rates. Nonetheless, stocks had mixed results last week.

 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Last week provided a variety of information for investors to take in. On Friday, we received the initial reading of 1st-quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Amid last week's primarily positive data updates, two key occurrences also affected markets: Corporate earnings & Treasury yields.

 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Similar to recent weeks, international events continued to sway markets.

 

Monday, April 9, 2018

An escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China wasn't the only headline to affect markets.

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Markets were closed on March 30 for Good Friday, but in the four days of trading, stocks recovered some of this year's losses.

 

Monday, March 26, 2018

What caused markets to stumble in this way? While various economic reports came out and the Federal Reserve raised rates again, another topic triggered the declines: trade war concerns.

 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Markets hit bottom on March 9, 2009. In the years since, stocks have corrected multiple times, losing over 10%. But, they have never lost 20% to push into a bear market - meaning we're in the midst of the 2nd-longest bull market since WWII

 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Domestic stocks leapt ahead last week as the latest jobs report inspired renewed confidence in our economic standing. In addition to solid stock growth, Friday, March 9, also brought a significant milestone in the markets...

 

Monday, March 5, 2018

The following economic awareness entry is based on short-term events and therefore should not be taken as information towards making investment decisions, which are of a long-term nature. It is only meant to provide clarity regarding...

 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Once again, inflation and interest rates were on many investors' minds. In particular, multiple reports from the Federal Reserve contributed to performance.

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Markets rebounded last week, posting sizable gains and moving back into positive territory for the year. All three domestic indexes experienced their largest weekly growth in years, despite losing some ground on Friday.

 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Looking at the markets' sizable losses, you might expect that discouraging economic data came out last week - or some geopolitical drama spooked investors. On the contrary, the drops came in response to news that seems positive.

 

Monday, January 29, 2018

On Monday, January 22, the government shutdown ended after 3 days, as House and Senate members reached an initial compromise. President Trump signed the measure on Monday evening, securing government funding until February 8.

 

Monday, January 22, 2018

In addition to the solid performance for U.S. equities, we're also experiencing synchronized global growth. European and Asian stocks grew last week, and China's growth data was more positive than expected.

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

By week's end, we didn't receive a tremendous amount of economic data. However, the economy did provide details that reveal it continues to pick up speed. In particular, both corporate earnings and inflation appear to be on the rise.

 

Monday, January 8, 2018

The first week of 2018 is behind us, and across the globe, stocks experienced a strong start to the year.

 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

In the final trading days of a strong 2017, U.S. indexes lost some ground. Despite the losses, all three major domestic indexes experienced their best year since 2013.

 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tax bill highlights and other economic news...

 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Domestic markets were up last week as tax reform became more likely. On Friday, multiple previously undecided Senators announced they would back the combined House and Senate bill, and stocks reacted by hitting new record highs.[1]

 

Monday, December 11, 2017

As the holiday season progresses, the markets continue to impress. Solid labor market conditions and a rebounding retail climate are helping to support the economy as the year closes.

 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Markets went for a wild ride last week - especially on Friday. In fact, on December 1, the S&P 500 had its largest fluctuations since the day after the 2016 presidential election.

 

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Black Friday Effect

 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tax reform remained a key focus in the markets, as investors questioned whether changes will happen by the end of 2017.

 

Monday, November 13, 2017

The market's drop in context and what lies ahead.

 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Why did markets continue to perform well last week? In part, economic data, political developments, and policy decisions gave investors a variety of details to digest.

 

Monday, October 30, 2017

What drove markets last week and what is on the horizon?

 

Monday, October 23, 2017

On Thursday evening, the senate passed the blueprint for a $4 trillion budget.

 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Last Friday, all 3 major domestic indexes continued their streak of weekly gains and record highs. The S&P 500 added 0.15%, and the Dow was up 0.43%. Meanwhile, both indexes posted their 5th weekly gain in a row. In addition, the S&P...

 

Monday, October 9, 2017

We began the first trading week of the 4th quarter last Monday, so let's review Q3's performance and what lies ahead for Q4.

 

Monday, October 2, 2017

As the country continues its recovery from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the economy keeps revealing positive strides. A few specific performance factors rounded out the week...

 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Three stories that have dominated conversations and driven investor attention in 2017 continued last week.

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

After briefly stumbling the week of September 4, domestic indexes notched significant gains last week and hit record highs.

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Understanding the economic effects these recent weather events can create is important for proactively planning ahead.

 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Last week gave a number of things for both investors and non-investors to think - and worry - about.

 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Last week provided a number of economic updates, and a report from Fed Chair Janet Yellen helped push the markets higher.

 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

From domestic unrest to international terrorism, last week provided many headlines that could easily rattle the markets.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Though international developments dominated headlines, economic news important to markets and investors continued to roll out.

 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Here are key market developments that emerged last week.

 

Monday, July 31, 2017

A rundown of last week's developments and what lies ahead.

 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Corporate Earnings Drive Growth, Weakened Dollar Continues, and Other Key Market Developments.

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Despite continuing headlines from Washington, the markets remain productive and strong.

 

Monday, July 10, 2017

As the country celebrated the Fourth of July last week, the markets experienced some volatility, though they finished a bit flat overall.[1]

 

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Fed reported during the week that the largest U.S. banks passed the stress test evaluating their financial soundness.

 

Monday, June 26, 2017

What We Learned Last Week

 

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Fed Increases Interest Rates, Soft Economic Data Continues, and Market Details on the Horizon.

 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Indications of a Softer Economy

 

Monday, June 5, 2017

While the U.S. equity markets advanced to new highs and bond prices rose, other markets were mixed for the week.

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Market News for the Week

 

Monday, May 22, 2017

The CBOE VIX is designed to measure market volatility by using S&P 500 put and call index option prices.[4] For most of the year, volatility in the markets has been low. However, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) spiked 40% midweek

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

MIXED SIGNALS CONTINUE

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Overall, we experienced another week of generally positive, but somewhat mixed, economic signals.

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

On Friday, April 28, we learned that first quarter GDP increased a modest 0.7%, lower than the reported consensus expectations of approximately 1%.

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

What Did We Learn Last Week?

 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Markets closed on April 14 for the Good Friday holiday, but in the four trading days, a number of headlines dominated the news cycles.

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

As of now, 2017 has started with strong market performance, high consumer confidence, and low volatility.[18]

 

Monday, April 3, 2017

What else happened last week?

 

Monday, March 27, 2017

As is typically the case, no simple answer can easily explain market behavior.

 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Over the week, we received a series of economic updates that gave a mostly positive view of the economy's progression.

 

Monday, March 13, 2017

This week, the Fed meets to determine whether or not to raise benchmark interest rates for the first time in 2017.

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

On Wednesday, March 1, the three major domestic indexes all had their best performance in 2017 and reached record highs yet again.[1]

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

With the exception of January increases for new single-family homes and the fastest pace of existing home sales since 2007, we do not have a tremendous amount of new data to share.

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A number of data reports came out last week, and they tell a mostly encouraging story about the economy right now.

 

Monday, February 13, 2017

What happened? The most recent trade deficit numbers came in last week.

 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Depending on which survey you look at, economic experts predicted the economy would add an average of between 175,000 and 180,000 jobs in January.[5]

 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Consumer confidence matched positive performance, as the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment measurement beat expectations in January and reached the highest levels since 2004.

 

Monday, January 23, 2017

A new presidential era began last Friday with Donald Trump's inauguration, and the market reaction was far more restrained than its response to his election.

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What We Saw Last Week

 

Monday, January 9, 2017

To say that 2017 has started differently than 2016 would be an understatement.

 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

By market close on December 30, 2016, all three indexes showed healthy growth for the year; another reminder to never get too high or low on recent performance!

 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Outside of the markets, we received a number of reports that painted a mostly positive view of the U.S. economy.

 

Monday, December 19, 2016

The biggest headline from last week was a development the market anticipated for quite some time: The Federal Reserve decided to raise its benchmark interest rates - for only the second time since 2006.[3]

 

Monday, December 12, 2016

On Friday, December 9, all three major U.S. stock indexes ended at record highs. For the first time in five years, they each posted gains every day of the trading week.[1] The S&P 500 was up 3.08%, the Dow added 3.06%, and NASDAQ...

 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Rallies such as the one we've experienced since Donald Trump's election can't go on forever, so we aren't too concerned about these minor pullbacks.

 

Monday, November 28, 2016

What Happened This Week?

 

Monday, November 21, 2016

With the long, drawn-out presidential election behind us, investors are beginning to look past politics and pay closer attention to the economic fundamentals.

 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Despite many predictions that the markets would sell-off if Trump won, all of the major U.S. indexes ended the week ahead.

 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Of course, we never like to see the markets go down. However, we believe that when you look beneath the surface, the economy is still doing far better than what this week's performance implies.

 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Three Key Events Last Week

 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Of course, seeing positive weekly results is always good, but right now, the general market sentiment seems unsure about where it stands and where to go from here.

 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Whenever disaster strikes, people often wonder: What's all this going to cost?

 

Monday, October 10, 2016

After pulling back in late June after Britain's surprise vote to exit the European Union, markets recovered quickly in the early days of the third quarter.

 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Last week, concerns about one of the world's largest banks caused investors to worry that a new "Lehman moment" might spark a new financial crisis.

 

Monday, September 19, 2016

The market is facing a dilemma based on mixed information and an uncertain political landscape.

 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monetary policy was at the forefront of investors' minds last week as they continue to calculate the odds of an interest rate increase ahead of the September Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The August jobs report showed that the economy gained 151,000 new jobs instead of the 180,000 jobs predicted by economists.

 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Even as the Fed has kept interest rates flat, an unexpected surge in short-term interest rates triggered by an industry rule change is potentially doing some of the Fed's work for it.

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Fed officials appear to have some division of thought.

 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Earnings season is mostly behind us, and, with nearly all of the S&P 500 companies having reported in, we have a good overall picture of last quarter's performance.

 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Among last week's major events was a shockingly good July jobs report. Last month, the economy added 255,000 new jobs, blowing away expectations of 180,000 jobs.

 

Monday, August 1, 2016

The preliminary estimate of Q2 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth showed that the economy grew a paltry 1.2% last quarter versus the 2.6% growth expected.

 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Second-quarter earnings season is in full swing, and the picture thus far is much like that of the last four quarters: uninspiring performance eked out on very little revenue growth.

 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Despite upbeat financial data, terrorism has sadly continued, with occurrences in both Nice, France and Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Stocks surged after Friday's better-than-expected June jobs report.

 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

What lesson can we draw from recent market gyrations?

 

Monday, June 27, 2016

The vote to leave was a surprise to most, and markets hate surprises.

 

Monday, June 20, 2016

The big news last week was the Federal Reserve's decision not to raise interest rates.

 

Monday, June 13, 2016

What's going on in Britain?

 

Monday, June 6, 2016

On Friday, we got a look at how the labor market did in May.

 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Markets jumped on Fed statements last week after the previous week's release of minutes from the April Fed meeting fanned expectations of an interest rate hike soon...

 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Market reactions to the release of the April Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meeting minutes drove much of last week's volatility.

 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Despite a growing economy and strong labor market, Americans didn't shop as much as retailers expected last quarter, leaving some puzzled over the disconnect.

 

Monday, May 9, 2016

April's job report showed investors that the labor market continues to improve, adding 160,000 jobs last month.

 

Monday, May 2, 2016

After months of volatility and challenges on the horizon, can the bulls keep running?

 

Monday, April 25, 2016

First-quarter earnings reports drove a lot of market activity last week.

 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Earnings reports are trickling in and the news so far is not as bad as expected.

 

Monday, April 11, 2016

After a rosier-than-expected fourth quarter, economic forecasts suggest that the economy barely grew in the first three months of 2016.

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Markets faced serious headwinds last quarter due to slowing economic growth around the world.

 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Stocks ended the holiday-shortened week down, snapping their five-week winning streak. However, losses were mild amid low trading volume before the Easter weekend. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.67%, the Dow fell 0.49%, and the...

 

Monday, March 21, 2016

After a historically rough start to the year, stocks finally rallied enough to put the S&P 500 and Dow in the green for the year.

 

Monday, March 14, 2016

To put the recent volatility into perspective, let's take a look at what has changed over the last seven years:

 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Investors cheered at a reasonably solid jobs report.

 

Monday, February 29, 2016

The latest data shows that the economy grew 1.0% last quarter versus the 0.7% originally reported.

 

Monday, February 22, 2016

The week ahead is packed with important economic data, including the second release of fourth-quarter GDP, consumer sentiment, international trade, and consumer spending.

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Why is there so much talk about a recession?

 

Monday, February 8, 2016

In this week's update, we wanted to dig deeper into a major economic indicator that drives market analysis and activity: the monthly jobs report.

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Fourth-quarter earnings season is in full swing and will continue to play a role in stock performance in future weeks.

 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Investors found their footing last week and closed out a positive week for the first time in 2016.

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Stocks closed down again Friday ahead of the long holiday weekend after disappointing earnings, more China worries, and plunging oil prices added to fears about slowing global growth. For the week, the S&P 500 dropped 2.17%, the Dow...

 

Monday, January 11, 2016

China's ongoing economic woes are causing major turmoil in stock markets around the world.

 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Now that 2015 is in the rear-view mirror, let's take a look at some of the factors that influenced markets last year.

 

Monday, December 28, 2015

On the economic front, final data on third-quarter economic growth showed that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 2.0%, down from the previous estimate of 2.1%. The report showed that a slew of global issues cut into demand for U.S. goods...

 

Monday, December 21, 2015

If you're one of the millions of Americans who have better ways of spending time than watching the Federal Reserve, you may be wondering what will happen now that the Fed has voted to raise interest rates.

 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Worries about the global economy took center stage last week as oil prices skidded to multi-year lows on warning of a supply glut.

 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Stocks surged late last week after a strong November jobs report gave investors renewed confidence in the economy.

 

Monday, November 30, 2015

The holiday shopping season kicked off with Black Friday, and the news so far suggests that retailers may have seen less business than last year.

 

Monday, November 23, 2015

So far, investors seem to be shrugging off the concerns about terrorism. While cool-headed behavior is good news for investors tired of volatility, it's a grim sign of the times: People are getting used to tragedies.

 

Monday, November 16, 2015

A series of coordinated terrorist attacks shook Paris on Friday, leading to at least 129 dead and hundreds wounded.[2] How will markets react to the attacks?

 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Since August's pullback, the S&P 500 has regained 12.40%.[3] While headwinds still exist, and we don't think that stock investors should breathe a sigh of relief yet, we're happy to see that markets have regained some lost ground....

 

Monday, November 2, 2015

The following economic awareness entry is based on short-term events and therefore should not be taken as information towards making investment decisions, which are of a long-term nature. It is only meant to provide clarity regarding.....

 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Every quarter, financial pages everywhere become focused on earnings reports as companies begin to dole out information on how they performed in the last quarter.

 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Investors greeted mixed economic data with cheers as it raised hopes that the Federal Reserve will delay hiking rates. We're back to another round of "bad news is good news" market activity. Investors have exhibited this contrary...

 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Markets started off the week by continuing the previous Friday's rally, buoyed by the expectation that the Federal Reserve won't be raising rates at the October meeting. Are they right? Probably. The chart below shows the results of...

 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Stocks ended the final days of the third quarter on a positive note, even though stocks were still down for the quarter. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.04%, the Dow added 0.97%, and the NASDAQ grew 0.45%.1 After hovering around...