Weekend Portfolio Analysis (August 29, 2015)

Market Conditions I spent this past week vacationing with my family at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. While I enjoyed the brief respite from reality, the markets decided to create their own sort of alternate reality. We started the week on Monday with the markets crashing. At one point during trading on Monday, the…

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Crash on Black Monday

Followers of this blog may wonder where I disappeared to just as the markets collapsed in what will likely be another historic day in stock market history. Did my account blow up? Did I survive to see another day? Did I jump out of a 20-story building? Fortunately, none of those scenarios is how things…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (August 15, 2015)

Market Conditions China’s abrupt devaluation of its yuan made for a disruptive week for the markets — currencies, commodities and stocks. Despite the market volatility, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) managed to end the week with a modest gain, opening on Monday at 2080.98 and closing on Friday at 2091.54, up 10.56 or 0.51%. It…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (August 8, 2015)

Market Conditions The markets have remained in a narrow range awaiting each piece of news to determine the probability of a rate hike in September. The latest news impacting the odds have been: hawkish comments by Fed Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart, a strong report on U.S. service sector growth, and the July Nonfarm…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (August 1, 2015)

Market Conditions This market is starting to feel a bit like “Groundhog Day.” Last week the market was down, this week it gained back a bit more than 50% of what it lost last week. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) opened Monday on a cautious note at 2078.19 and closed Friday at 2103.84, up 25.65…

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