Market Commentary

Market Commentary - May 11th, 2018

Both economic and corporate tailwinds pushed equity markets higher last week while muted inflation data edged interest rates slightly higher. The week carried a good amount of geopolitical news, most of which had already been priced into the markets based on the benign response. U.S. exiting the Iran deal, continued trade talks between Chinese and U.S. delegations, and the announcement of North Korea talks to be held in Singapore on June 12th were the political highlights for the week. [...]

Market Commentary - May 4th, 2018

Equity markets were mixed last week with small caps, oil, growth stocks, and the U.S. dollar posting gains while interest rates moved sideways. Robust earnings reports, sound economic reports (jobs, wages, inflation), and relative calm on the geopolitical front put a slightly more constructive hue on the market consolidation in place since late January. [...]

Market Commentary - March 16th, 2018

The balance of bullish arguments (earnings, economy) and bearish arguments (valuations, interest rates, tariffs) netted a down week for U.S. and most international equity markets while the yield curve flattened a fair amount. [...]

Market Commentary - March 9th, 2018

Last week, equity markets celebrated the nine-year anniversary of the bull market which began on March 9th, 2009. U.S. equity markets shrugged off new tariffs signed by POTUS, another high-profile resignation from the White House, and welcomed a denuclearize salvo from North Korea as a sign of reduced likelihood of conflict in Asia. Non-U.S. equities, commodities, and interest rates moved higher as well. A blowout February jobs report on Friday had many investors seeing a "Goldilocks" scenario with higher output accompanied with a higher ceiling for output. [...]

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