Weekly Market Insights 12.05.22

An Encouraging but Confusing Week Financial Markets United States equity markets had a positive week.  Both large and small cap stocks ended the week in positive territory with smaller cap companies leading the pack.  The Dow gained 0.24%, the S&P 500 gained 1.13%, and the NASDAQ Composite gained 2.09%.  Within the S&P 500, the Communication…

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Weekly Market Insights 11.28.22

The Market Changes its Signals? Financial Markets Equity markets had a rather uneventful holiday-shortened week.  The Dow gained 1.78%, the S&P 500 gained 1.53%, while the NASDAQ gained 0.72%.  Investors appear to side with those Fed officials who argue it is time to consider a reduction in the size of interest rate increases.  This, of…

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Weekly Market Insights 11.14.22

A Red Wave Turned Mill Pond and a Market Roar! Financial Markets As readers know by now, this past week was filled with surprises.  Clever pollsters and analysts predicted a red wave of Trump-backed Republican candidates and looked forward to an interesting market reaction.  The former was a flop, while the latter occurred, but in…

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Weekly Market Insights 11.07.22

Markets Fall but Still No Real Message Financial Markets United States equity markets closed lower this past week.  Despite the decline, there should be some encouragement for equity investors.  The Dow Jones closed down 1.40%, the S&P 500 closed down 3.35%, while the NASDAQ closed down 5.65%.  Under very few circumstances would anyone feel comforted…

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Weekly Market Insights 10.31.22

Strong Market and a Changing World Financial Markets United States equity markets had their best week and month in a very long time. The Dow closed the week gaining 5.72%, the S&P 500 closed up 3.95%, while the NASDAQ closed up 2.24%.  Happy as that may make investors, it may not be the most encouraging. …

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Weekly Market Insights 10.24.22

A World Turned Upside Down Financial Markets Equity markets continued to be volatile this past week.  There were, of course, many reasons for this volatility, none of which have been relieved.  In fact, the reasons have increased.  There was talk by some Fed officials that perhaps the time is approaching for the Fed to reduce…

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Weekly Market Insights 10.17.22

Gloom from the IMF and a Wild Ride in the Markets Financial Markets U.S. financial markets took investors on a wild roller coaster ride this past week.  United States equity market performance finished mixed.  The Dow closed up 1.15%, the S&P 500 down 1.55%, while the NASDAQ closed down 3.11%. The end of the week…

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Weekly Market Insights 10.10.22

China, the Economy, and the Fed We would like to start this week’s update by extending a congratulations to former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on receiving the Nobel Prize in Economics.  Well deserved! Financial Markets United States financial markets continued to suffer from extreme volatility this past week.  Investors can be excused for creating…

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Weekly Market Insights 09.26.22

The War against Inflation Financial Markets The war against inflation went into high gear this past week.  The U.S. Federal Reserve continues to lead the fight, but central banks around the globe have joined the battle.  Chairman Powell announced a 75 basis point increase in interest rates on Wednesday, and, more importantly, the tone of…

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Weekly Market Insights 09.12.22

Farewell to a Queen, Long Live the King! Last week, the United Kingdom went through a remarkable sequence of events, a change in prime minister and in sovereign.  We wrote last week about the new prime minister.  This week, a much sadder report is the death of Queen Elizabeth II.  The Queen was 96 and…

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