Weekly Market Insights 05.09.22

A Confused Market Financial Markets If ever there was a week that proved the axiom, “investors hate uncertainty,” it was this past week.  Investors have been primarily focused on two important questions:  how is the Federal Reserve going to respond to inflation, and what is going to be the result of the Russia-Ukraine war?  Unfortunately,…

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Weekly Market Insights 05.02.22

A Rough Start To 2022 Financial Markets With the exception of certain currency markets, most major market indices suffered large declines this past week.  It was the culmination of four months where both equity and fixed income markets fell.  The reasons for the volatility haven’t changed, only their order of importance.  Primary factors at play…

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Weekly Market Insights 04.25.22

The Fed at a Crossroads Financial Markets Investors must have felt there was nowhere to hide this past week.  Financial markets in the United States and across both the Atlantic and Pacific suffered large losses.  The market’s reaction was inspired by comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Powell, which were interpreted as an increased concern over…

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Weekly Market Insights 04.18.22

A Difficult Week Financial Markets Financial markets slumped during the holiday-shortened week.  The reasons will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the markets for the past few months—inflation, war, disease, and the Federal Reserve—the market version of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  Investors, at the moment, appear to be very risk…

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Weekly Market Insights 04.11.22

Inflation dominates the markets Financial Markets Analysts, investors, and financial journalists alike have been focused on inflation and what it means for the economy and financial markets.  The question has become paramount as more Federal Reserve officials make public their concerns about how they, the Fed, have gotten behind in trying to control price pressures. …

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Weekly Market Insights 04.04.22

A Directionless Market Financial Markets United States equity markets ended this past week almost unchanged, with the Dow down 0.12%, the S&P 500 up 0.06%, and the NASDAQ up 0.65%.  With so many market moving events at play, short-term traders are having a hard time finding a consistent theme to follow.  Utilities, Consumer Staples, and…

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Weekly Market Insights 03.28.22

Equities post a second straight weekly gain Financial Markets United States equity markets posted gains for the second week in a row.  The reason investors turned positive is not entirely clear.  Certainly, the Ukraine-Russia conflict does not appear to be coming to a close, and the path of interest rates is clearly higher.  Whatever the…

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Weekly Market Insights 03.21.22

A market reversal with mounting questions Financial Markets This past week, equity markets had their best performance since November 2020.  The advance came after the Federal Reserve raised their benchmark rate for the first time since 2018, while peace talks between Russia and Ukraine continued with mixed results.  The Dow rose 5.5%, S&P 500 increased…

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Weekly Market Insights 03.14.22

Confusion remains supreme Equity Markets As everyone in the investing world knows, volatility has been extraordinarily high.  It was elevated before the Ukraine crisis, but has now risen to levels seldom seen.  Not only are we experiencing large day to day fluctuations, but intraday volatility has been high as well.  Although it may seem like…

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Weekly Market Insights 03.07.22

The war is everything! Equities Of course, the title is an exaggeration, but not much of one. Oil supply and prices will continue to be an important factor for financial markets. Last week, one could follow the course of the conflict by following the path of the equity markets. The war clearly wasn’t everything. A…

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