The Fed hiked interest rates, the Bank of England edged closer to increasing UK interest rates, Brexit talks formally began, US CPI data missed expectations, oil hit a six-month low, and thought leaders focused on the trouble with not investing in the real economy, what could push US GDP below 2% this year, and why the market’s most popular sector may be riskier than it looks…Read More
The European Central Bank gave little insight into when their bond purchase program will end, British PM May failed to gain a majority in Parliament and pledged to form a new government coalition to guide the country through Brexit negotiations, the early results of the French Parliament elections support President Macron and should help him to push through reforms, and thought leaders focused on why the Fed will raise rates this week, and what economic factors could become headwinds for the US equity bull market in coming months.Read More
Draghi said the ECB still needs monetary support, May jobs numbers missed big, and thought leaders focused on why Europe has a brighter economic outlook than the US, why policymakers are the most important factor of the global economy, why positive economic and earnings reports will continue fueling the bull market, and what is supporting the rebound in emerging market stocks…Read More
Last week: The Fed set up the markets for a June rate hike, China’s credit rating was downgraded, UK growth unexpectedly contracted, OPEC extended production cuts, a bull market catalyst signalled future stock market strength, and thought leaders focused on why investors should focus on leading economic indicators instead of Washington, the data setting the Fed up for a June rate hike and what a slowdown in China could mean for global markets…Read More
Concerns in Washington led to a short-term market pullback, emerging markets fell after a new political crisis surfaced in Brazil, Britain logged its lowest unemployment rate since the 70’s, German voters indicated support for status-quo leadership, and thought leaders focused on the Italian elections, where we are in the economic cycle, and why investors shouldn’t be too worried about low volatility and low trading volume…Read More
US inflationary pressures heat up, the Bank of England leaves rates unchanged, two powerful oil producers backed a production cut extension, market volatility hits a 23 year low, and thought leaders focus on why overseas markets may be more attractive than the US, why the Q1 earnings rebound is a sign of sustained economic strength, and how the current economic “sweet-spot” is a solid foundation for the US bull market…Read More
France elected a new president, the Fed left rates unchanged, the Senate passed a spending bill funding the US government through September, eurozone growth gained significant momentum, and thought leaders focused on why investors are underestimating bond market risks, why equities should continue climbing higher, and the challenges facing the new French president…Read More
US Q1 GDP disappointed, President Trump updated his tax proposals, the Nasdaq crossed 6,000 for the first time, EU governments took a hard stance against the UK, and thought leaders focused on the next steps in the French elections, and how corporate tax reform may affect global markets…Read More
Emmanuel Marcon and Marine Le Pen took the top spots in the first round of the French elections, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for early elections, the European economy continued to surprise on the upside, and thought leaders focused on why inflation may not be as strong as it looks, how the markets may react to the Fed trimming its balance sheet, what the French vote means for the markets, and why a poor Q1 GDP print doesn’t mean the economy is reversing course…Read More
US retail and inflation data surprised on the downside, President Trump made some key shifts away from his campaign rhetoric, and thought leaders gave their thoughts on the biggest risks in the markets, Federal Reserve expectations for the rest of the year, where to find opportunities in European markets, and why the upcoming earnings season is paramount to the future of the bull market…Read More
The Fed minutes showed concerns over valuations and when to reduce the balance sheet, euro-area unemployment continued to improve, market data indicates skepticism that Trump will follow through with tax reform, and thought leaders focused on why the Fed’s balance sheet is important for the markets, why small cap stocks have been lagging this year, why the recent bond rally will continue, and why emerging market debt can continue its hot start this year…Read More
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