Market Commentaries

September 18, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

Markets closed at record highs, the UK took a major Brexit step, US tax-reform could be backdated to January 2017, the Bank of England hinted at raising rates, US consumer inflation was higher than expected, and thought leaders focused on why central banks are not the most important factor affecting financial markets.

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September 12, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

Trump extended the debt ceiling deadline following the recent storms, Fed Vice-Chairman Fischer resigned, the dollar hit a 2-1/2 year low, the ECB talked about tapering its bond purchase program and thought leaders focused on what the broad-based global expansion means for the US stock market, and why international earnings may have more upside in the current market environment.

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September 5, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

North Korea tested its most powerful bomb yet, US GDP was revised higher, Harvey disrupted the energy markets, the EU said the UK is dragging its feet during Brexit negotiations, and thought leaders focused on what “quantitative tightening” means for the markets, and if the recent bout of volatility is a sign of things to come this fall…

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August 28, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

North Korea launched a missile over Japan, Congress looks towards the debt ceiling, the ECB President sent the euro soaring, the world is growing in unison for the first time in 10-years, U.S. home sales disappointed, and thought leaders focused on why the debt ceiling matters and whether or not there is a bubble in the bond market.

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August 21, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

Japan continued its longest economic expansion in a decade, eurozone peripheral countries are joining the recent expansion, Chinese data disappointed, the Fed is worried about low inflation, and thought leaders focused on why the markets are not topping out, and why we need to rethink how technology and consumer preferences are affecting headline inflation.

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August 14, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

Trump’s comments on North Korea rattled the markets, US inflation data came in lower than expected, VIX options trading set a daily volume record, and thought leaders focused on overvaluations in the bond markets, what insights can be gathered from trends in fund flows, and why the markets seem to be ignoring political dysfunction.

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August 7, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

The dollar fell for the 5th consecutive month, trading around Trump’s tax proposal loses its luster, the US jobs report surprised on the upside, and thought leaders focused on the potential bubble in the bond market, why the market may be ready for a healthy pullback, and “myths” that are turning investors away from investment opportunities.

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July 31, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

The Senate suffered another setback in the battle to repeal the ACA, the Fed held rates steady, oil prices continued to rebound, and thought leaders focused on the markets entering uncharted territory, and how shifting market correlations create global opportunities and the need to rethink portfolio volatility hedges.

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July 24, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

The ECB kept rates steady but couldn’t keep the markets calm, the Bank of Japan acknowledged the need to continue quantitative easing measures, and thought leaders focused on the potential flattening of the yield curve, three major risks in the markets, why the bull market will continue to chug along, and what monetary policy normalization means for stocks and bonds.

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July 17, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

The U.K. published the Repeal Bill, Canada raised interest rates for the first time in 7 years, and thought leaders focused on: considering a potential replacement for Janet Yellen, how FAANG stocks could be affected by the Fed, why the Q2 earnings picture isn’t as rosy as it appears, and why investors shouldn’t shy away from allocating to commodities.

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July 7, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

Japan’s prime minister dealt a blow in local elections, Fed minutes showed discourse over inflation expectations, US employment data continued to improve, and thought leaders focused on what history tells us about periods of low volatility, key focuses for the second half of the year, risks to the global financial system, and how market valuations affect future returns and allocation decisions.

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July 3, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

Hawkish central bank comments led to a sell off in global bond markets, lack of support forced Republicans to delay the healthcare bill vote, the IMF lowered its projections for US GDP growth, British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a parliamentary majority, market action and showed that investors don’t believe the Fed, the US dollar posted its worst quarter in nearly 7 years, and thought leaders considered how the delayed healthcare vote will affect investors.

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