Market News and Articles

Is it a Soft Landing?
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Economists use aviation metaphors to describe the results of central banks’ efforts to manage rapidly growing economies. If the Federal Reserve lifts rates enough to prevent the economy from overheating without jolting it into recession, then it has engineered a soft landing, according to Inve...
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Investors were Pleased with the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) New Approach to its Balance Sheet.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Investors were pleased with the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) new approach to its balance sheet.   The Fed delivered its semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to Congress last week. The report recapped the events of late 2018 and reiterated the Fed’s intention to “…be patient ...
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Central Banks Take a Turn
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
At its first policy meeting of 2019, the U.S. Federal Reserve changed direction. After four rate increases in 2018, Chair Jerome Powell announced interest rates were on hold. Last week, banks in the United Kingdom, Australia, and India followed suit by either reducing rates or cautioning rate reduct...
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And, U.S. Stock Markets Celebrated.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
And, U.S. stock markets celebrated.   Last week, the Federal Reserve put itself on hold. The Federal Open Market Committee met on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, to discuss the state of the economy and determine policy. After the meeting, Fed Chair Jerome Powell offered a positive assessment of ...
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U.S. Stock Investors Took a Breather Last Week
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Like competitors who’ve completed a difficult section in an endurance race, U.S. stock investors took a breather last week.    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, which has gotten off to its best start since 1987, ended the week with a slight loss, while the Dow Jones Indust...
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We’re Off to a Good Start.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Investors who remained steady during December’s wild ride are probably pleased with their decision as stocks have gotten off to a strong start in 2019. Unfortunately, those who reduced their exposure to the asset class may be feeling the sting of missed opportunity.    Last week, t...
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People Love Rules of Thumb.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Sometimes, mental shortcuts are helpful. Other times they are not. When it comes to investing, seasonal shortcuts are not uncommon. In fact, January boasts two:   The January Effect explains why U.S. smaller company stocks tend to outperform the market in January. The original theory held tha...
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Investors Will Think of the Last Quarter of 2018 For Years to Come
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Investors will think of the last quarter of 2018 for years to come, but they won’t remember it fondly. The Economist described it like this,   “After a rotten October and limp November, the S&P 500 tumbled in value by 15 percent between November 30th and December 24th. Despite...
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Investing During the Month of December was like Traversing an Icy Mountain Stream
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Investing during the month of December was like traversing an icy mountain stream. It delivered a staggering shock to the senses that triggered the instinct to, “Get Out!”   When it comes to investing, that instinct is called loss aversion. For many people avoiding a loss is more ...
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Monday, December 17, 2018
It never feels good when the stock market heads south, and that’s what happened last week. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500), Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq Composite all moved into correction territory, which means the indices have fallen 10 percent or more fro...
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