Weekend Portfolio Analysis (February 11, 2017)

Market Analysis The Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq and S&P 500 indexes all closed at record highs on Friday, gaining about 1% for the week.  Much of the rally was propelled by President Trump’s statement on Thursday that there would be an announcement regarding “big league” tax reform within the next few weeks.  Lower taxes,…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (July 2, 2016)

Market Analysis Equities recorded their strongest weekly gains of the year following last week’s Brexit debacle. Markets were spurred higher by a vow to further ease monetary policy by the Bank of England during the summer. In the wake of those comments, markets have priced in an 85% chance of a rate cut in England…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (June 18, 2016)

Market Analysis Stocks fell in volatile trading as investor sentiment continued to weaken ahead of next week’s “Brexit” vote. A clear swing in opinion polls in favor of the Leave camp put markets on edge this week. Investors also focused on commentary from central banks around the globe, which wasn’t surprising, considering the Federal Reserve,…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (May 21, 2016)

Market Conditions The S&P 500 barely ended the week higher, underscoring how the prospect of higher interest rates has unsettled investors. Federal Reserve officials and upbeat economic data in recent days have raised the possibility of a rate increase as soon as June. Last Friday, the probability of a rate hike at the June meeting…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (April 23, 2016)

Market Conditions The S&P 500 closed above 2100 on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week – the first time since December 1, 2015. However, there was not enough momentum to push the index to an all-time high. Global equities were propelled higher this week by energy and commodity-sensitive companies. Investors continued to receive first-quarter earnings this week…

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