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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Consumer confidence exceeded expectations, the UK officially triggered the Brexit, Fed members spoke about their economic concerns and rate hike expectations, and thought leaders discussed the outlook for the UK during Brexit negotiations, what is driving the positive outlook for S&P 500 revenue and earnings growth, and what trade talks investors should be focused on this year…Read More
An important member of the Fed wants to reduce monetary policy accommodation, UK inflation surged, China’s shadow banks were hit by higher rates, the Euro zone economy showed signs of stabilizing growth, Japan got a boost from exports, the GOP health-care bill was pulled, and thought leaders focused on the historically wide spread between qualitative and quantitative economic data…Read More
The US Fed raised rates, the People’s Bank of China followed suit, the Bank of Japan kept its policies unchanged, a lone dissenter at the Bank of England caught the markets off guard, Theresa May gained power to invoke Article 50, and thought leaders focused on the potential effects of fixed income market complacency, and why the markets’ stability in the face of geopolitical and policy events indicates a solid foundation for further appreciation.Read More
Fed language and market expectations indicated a nearly 100% chance of a rate hike, the US jobs report was positive, Japan’s economy showed signs of life, and thought leaders gave their opinions on how the euro can survive this year’s election cycles, whether or not European election risks are being blown out of proportion, and why excessive borrowing following the financial crisis creates a difficult future environment for market returns…Read More