A Mixed View

Weekly Update – December 5, 2016 After a three-week run where all major U.S. indexes posted significant gains, we saw more mixed results last week. The Dow was up 0.10%, but the S&P 500 lost 0.97% and the NASDAQ was down 2.65%. The MSCI EAFE’s measure of international developed markets also dropped 0.24%. Rallies such [...]

December 5th, 2016|

Many Reasons to Give Thanks

Weekly Update – November 28, 2016 During a week when many were thankful, the markets also gave us much to be thankful for. Through the four-day trading week, the Dow gained 1.51%, the S&P 500 was up 1.44%, the NASDAQ added 1.45%, and the MSCI EAFE increased 1.26%. What Happened This Week? The S&P 500, [...]

November 28th, 2016|

Stocks Up, Fed Increase Likely

Weekly Update – November 21, 2016 For the second straight week, the major domestic indexes all ended in positive territory: The S&P 500 was up 0.81%, the Dow increased 0.11%, and the NASDAQ added 1.61%. While American indexes performed well, MSCI EAFE’s international equities declined 1.58%. With the long, drawn-out presidential election behind us, investors [...]

November 21st, 2016|

A Week of Surprises

Weekly Update – November 14, 2016 Last Tuesday, many Americans watched in great surprise as Donald Trump won our presidential election. Just that day, the New York Times had placed Hillary Clinton’s odds of winning at 85%, based on a range of state and national polls. But, like the Brexit vote this past June, 2016 [...]

November 14th, 2016|

Stocks Down but Long-Term View Up

Weekly Update – November 7, 2016 I will get to the Market Commentary in a bit, but first: We owe all of you and big "Thank You!" We celebrated 7 years of business this past Friday, November 4th. We continue to be grateful for the trust you place in us and we renew our commitment [...]

November 7th, 2016|

Big Headlines Drive the Markets

Weekly Update – October 31, 2016 At first glance, last week’s headlines may lead you to think that the markets are fluctuating more than they actually are. Yes, Hillary Clinton’s emails are in the news again (more on that below)—but despite that surprise, the major indexes stuck to the same range-bound performance we’ve seen for [...]

October 31st, 2016|

A Quiet Week Ends With Indexes Up

Weekly Update – October 24, 2016 After a two-week losing streak, U.S. indexes ended in positive territory across the board. The S&P 500 increased by 0.38%, the Dow was up 0.04%, and the NASDAQ gained 0.83%. The MSCI EAFE, a measure of international developed nations’ performance, increased 0.93%. Of course, seeing positive weekly results is [...]

October 24th, 2016|

How Much Will Hurricane Matthew Cost?

Though stocks rose Friday after statements from Federal Reserve officials, the major indexes ended the week lower amid choppy trading. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.96%, the Dow fell 0.56%, the NASDAQ dropped 1.48% and the MSCI EAFE declined 1.40%. Counting the Cost of Hurricanes Whenever disaster strikes, people often wonder: What’s all [...]

October 17th, 2016|

Special Quarterly Update: Stocks See Strong Gains in Q3

Weekly Update – October 10, 2016 After a volatile September, stocks ended the third quarter of 2016 resoundingly in the black. In the third quarter, the S&P 500 gained 3.31%, the Dow grew 2.11%, the NASDAQ added 9.69%, and the MSCI EAFE gained 5.80%. What drove markets in Q3? After pulling back in late June [...]

October 10th, 2016|

Is Deutsche Bank the Next Lehman?

Though the final week of the third quarter ended positively for the major indexes, stocks took a rocky path to get there. A presidential debate, surging oil prices, and concerns about a global bank all took their toll on the market last week. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.17%, the Dow grew 0.26%, [...]

October 3rd, 2016|