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Friday, May 20, 2022

Even with a couple of good days in the market, it wasn't enough to carry Monday's selloff as we inch closer to bear market territory. We are keeping a close watch on labor and housing reports, while we await another GDP estimate this week.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Friday the 13th was lucky for the markets but it wasn't enough to pull us into a positive week. April reports show that numbers are starting to trend in the right direction, but they continue to fall short of expectations.

Friday, May 6, 2022

The Federal Reserve raised rates as they continue to navigate the quantitative tightening, or "balance sheet runoff." This week, we take a deeper look at Europe's PMI, for any indications of expansion or contraction in their economy.

Friday, April 29, 2022

For the fourth straight week, the U.S. market indexes finished lower as investors remain concerned. We are also taking a look at reports on consumers' confidence, durable goods, and labor statistics.

Friday, April 22, 2022

We've been hearing a lot about the "Beige Book." What is it and why does it matter? Also in this week's blog, get information on housing and employment reports with a look at the week ahead.

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

Could we be looking at .50% interest rate hikes? Our update includes a summary on the FOMC March meeting minutes, a review on labor reports and we take a look at last week's market movements.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

In this week's market update, we take a look at consumer spending and consumption, both reporting below expectations. Inflation. monetary policy, and conflict in Ukraine continue to dampen consumer confidence.

Friday, March 25, 2022

We are seeing the effects of monetary policy and the Russia Ukraine conflict. Market finished the week mixed but there's a lot to unpack with home sales, inflation, jobless claims, and durable goods.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Inflation across all sectors remains a concern while Americans are especially feeling this at the gas pumps. The market finished lower this week and many experts have adjusted their expectations for economic growth in 2022.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

American manufacturing is performing well, despite supply chain issues. However, all eyes were on Russia and Ukraine this week, while the United States manages the effects of the ongoing conflict..

Friday, February 18, 2022

Despite the year over year increases reported by 85% of S&P 500 companies, rate hikes, quantitative tightening, and growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine all contributed to lower markets in both equities and income.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Last week, inflation and unemployment insurance exceeded expectations - and not in a good way. This week, we'll take a closer look at Small Business Optimism while we review more fluctuations in the market.

Monday, February 7, 2022

This week, we take a closer look at manufacturing statistics and U.S. car sales. The markets were mixed as U.S. equities and commodities carried the weight with a lower bond market, while we continue to recover from January's fluctuations.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

The S&P 500 managed to move into the green for the week. The FOMC confirmed the Fed's plans to increase rates in March - the first since 2018. And this week, over 110 S&P 500 companies will report their 4th quarter 2021 earnings results...

Saturday, January 22, 2022

The S&P 500 moved closer to correction as inflation, higher interest rates, and tighter Fed policy continue to be front and center on investors’ minds. US homebuilding reports gave us a small glimpse of what we might expect for 2022.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Inflation and jobless claims increased again but the Small Business Optimism Index rose higher than expectations. We will keep our eyes on the housing market, as more information is expected to come out this week.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Friday, January 7, 2022

The Federal Reserve remains concerned about inflation and rate hikes are targeted for mid-March. The U.S, economy added 200,000 jobs, starkly lower than expectations but unemployment fell for the sixth straight month.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Despite fluctuations all season, the S&P 500 saw record gains and finished the year at over 29%. Check out our summary of last weeks market and see what you can expect in the week ahead.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Weekly Market Performance – Markets March Higher Despite Omicron Equities and commodities finish higher, while bonds lose ground after the Fed continues to take a hawkish stance. The labor market landscape remains tight.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Weekly Market Performance – Markets Selloff Amid Fed Policy

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Major equity markets finished the week solidly higher, reversing last week’s declines. We saw the highest CPI reporting in 40 years and jobless claims dipped below 200,000.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Stocks took investors on a wild ride last week as the Omicron variant and Fed comments upended market expectations.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

You see it in prices at the grocery store and the gas station. You feel it in your monthly budget. So why don’t the financial markets seem too concerned about inflation?Remember, financial markets are considered...

Monday, October 11, 2021

The overhang of bumping against the federal debt ceiling was lifted last week with an agreement to extend the debt ceiling through early December, helping propel stocks to a weekly gain.The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 1...

Monday, September 27, 2021

Stocks prices were whipsawed last week, dragged initially lower by financial contagion worries and later lifted by a supportive Fed policy statement.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.62%, while the Standard & Poor’s...

Monday, September 20, 2021

Stocks weakened ahead of this week’s Federal Reserve meeting and amid persistent concerns about the Delta variant’s impact on the economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat (-0.07%), while the Standard &...

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Stocks were mixed last week amid conflicting economic data and continued spread of Delta variant infections.The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.24% during the five trading days. But the Standard & Poor’s 500 tacked on...

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The most recent stats on corporate dividends suggest that global companies are bullish on the world’s economic recovery. Dividends paid to investors are on track to hit $1.4 trillion this year and are expected to stretch even...

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Are you having a tough time keeping track of inflation's mixed signals? You’re not alone.Consumer prices in July climbed at their fastest rate since August 2008. Worse, producer prices, which can be an indicator of future price...

Monday, August 30, 2021

The stock market powered to record levels last week amid talk of Fed tapering and a deceleration in new Delta variant cases.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.96%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 increased 1.52%. The...

Monday, August 23, 2021

Stocks turned lower last week amid the increasing probability of a Fed tapering, mixed economic data, and growing concerns about the economic impact of the Delta variant.The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 1.11%, while the...

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Have you ever heard the Wall Street expression, "markets climb a wall of worry?"It's the idea that financial markets are constantly on edge. Traders fret about how long a market rally can continue before it runs into trouble. Worry...