Markets Stumble. What Does Data Say?

Last week, all four of the indexes we discuss in these market updates saw their performance stumble. The S&P 500 lost 1.44%, the Dow was down 1.52%, the NASDAQ gave back 1.22%, and the MSCI EAFE declined 0.07%. On Tuesday, March 21, the S&P 500 and Dow recorded 1% declines for the first time since [...]

March 27th, 2017|

Fed Raises Rates Again

Weekly Update – March 20, 2017 For the fifth time in six weeks, domestic stock indexes ended last week in positive territory. The S&P 500 gained 0.24%, the NASDAQ added 0.67%, and the Dow eked out a 0.06% increase. International equities in the MSCI EAFE grew by a sizable 1.99%. Over the week, we received [...]

March 20th, 2017|

What a Difference Eight Years Makes

Weekly Update – March 13, 2017 After at least four consecutive weeks of growth, the three major domestic indexes all lost ground this week. The S&P 500 was down 0.44%, the Dow lost 0.49%, and the NASDAQ declined 0.15%. Meanwhile, international stocks in the MSCI EAFE grew by 0.38%. This week, the Fed meets to [...]

March 13th, 2017|

Is a Rate Hike Coming?

Weekly Update – March 6, 2017 On Wednesday, March 1, the three major domestic indexes all had their best performance in 2017 and reached record highs yet again. In fact, the S&P 500 hit 2,400 for the first time ever on the same day the Dow went above 21,000 for the first time. While the [...]

March 6th, 2017|

Markets Up, New Data on the Horizon

Weekly Update – February 27, 2017 Once again, domestic markets reached record highs last week. The S&P 500 was up by 0.69% and the NASDAQ increased by 0.12%. With its 0.96% week-over-week growth, the Dow has posted gains for 11 straight days and is currently experiencing its longest record streak since 1987. On the other [...]

February 27th, 2017|

More Record Highs and New Data – Kansas City Financial Planner

Weekly Update – February 21, 2017 Another week, another round of record highs. Despite concerns about how France’s upcoming presidential election could affect the European Union’s stability, U.S. stocks ended the week up yet again. The S&P 500 gained 1.51%, the Dow added 1.75%, and the NASDAQ increased 1.82%—growth that represents record highs for all [...]

February 21st, 2017|

Taxes, Trade, and Record Highs | Kansas City Fee Only Financial Planner

Weekly Update – February 13, 2017 The political world has presented many topics of conversation lately. But one discussion has been relatively quiet: tax reform. Last week, however, the president announced that a “phenomenal” tax plan is forthcoming, and domestic markets responded by reaching record highs. In fact, we saw positive market performance even before [...]

February 13th, 2017|

Taking a Different Look at Labor | Kansas City Fee-only Financial Planner

Weekly Update – February 6, 2017 Political headlines continued to fill the news last week, and while domestic markets declined during mid-week trading, they rebounded on Friday, February 3. Overall, the week showed only modest movement, as the S&P 500 added 0.12%, the NASDAQ was up 0.11% to end at a record high, and the [...]

February 6th, 2017|

Stocks Up, GDP Down | Kansas City Fee-only Financial Planner

Weekly Update – January 30, 2017 After a brief pause during inauguration week, stocks continued to climb last week. The S&P 500 added 1.03%, the NASDAQ was up 1.90%, and the MSCI EAFE increased by 1.29%. The Dow also grew, adding 1.34%, ending the week above while hitting 20,000 for the first time ever. Consumer [...]

January 30th, 2017|

Markets Pause in Search for Clarity

Weekly Update – January 23, 2017 A new presidential era began last Friday with Donald Trump’s inauguration, and the market reaction was far more restrained than its response to his election. For weeks after the presidential election, we saw markets defy expectations and post significant gains. In fact, the Dow grew by over 1,500 points [...]

January 23rd, 2017|