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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Monthly Portfolio Analysis (January 30, 2016)

Faithful blog readers may be wondering why I posted so little this month. Many readers may know that I am also a commercial pilot. I recently was offered the opportunity to assist our local community college in establishing an FAA-approved Part 141 flight school. This has been a monumental task and has commanded virtually all…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (December 5, 2015)

Market Conditions Volatility returned to the stock market briefly this past week as the VIX rallied to 19.35 on Thursday. Economic data was released all through the week, but the main drivers of the market activity were… you guessed it… economic stimulus and interest rates. Thursday morning, Mario Draghi announced that the ECB would expand…

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