Posts Tagged ‘Fed’

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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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 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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Q2 2017 Quarterly Review

U.S. stocks continued to gain despite some mixed economic data and amid political uncertainty over the ability of the US administration to push through its fiscally expansive
policies. Popular “Trump Trades” saw muted gains as investors became wary of delays in the administration’s policy timeline. Former FBI director James Comey’s testimony rattled
the markets but quickly became a non-event. The expected Fed rate hike had little effect on the markets, but the announcement of plans to reduce the balance sheet caused a
short-term pullback.

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June 19, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

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…

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June 12, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

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.

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April 10, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

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…

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April 3, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

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…

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March 27, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

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…

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March 20, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

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.

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March 6, 2017 – Weekly Market Commentary

Fed officials touted the possibility of a March rate hike, Brexit legislation efforts took a step backward, the Dow continued its historic run, and thought leaders focused on what a March rate hike would imply for the economy, why Trump’s speech to Congress doesn’t make implementing his policy plans any easier, and why active management strategies may be gaining favor…

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