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QUARTERLY MARKET REVIEW: JANUARY-MARCH 2017

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The Markets (as of market close March 31, 2017) Riding the momentum following the presidential election, stocks surged for much of the first quarter of 2017. Buoyed by the anticipation of tax cuts and policies favorable to domestic businesses, the benchmark indexes listed here reached historic highs throughout the quarter. At the end of January, […]

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MARKET MONTH: JANUARY 2017

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The Markets (as of market close January 31, 2017) Investors were cautious for much of the month, likely waiting to see what President Trump would do during his first few weeks in office. After a slow close to December, equities picked up the pace during the early part of January as each of the indexes […]

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MARKET WEEK: JANUARY 30, 2017

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The Markets (as of market close January 27, 2017) The Dow reached 20000 for the first time ever midweek, and each of the indexes listed here posted gains of at least 1.0% over the prior week. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq reached record highs as favorable earnings reports coupled with anticipated pro-business policies apparently […]

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MARKET WEEK: JANUARY 23, 2017

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The Markets (as of market close January 20, 2017) For most of last week, the market was fairly lackluster. By the close of the market last Thursday, the Dow had fallen to 19,732. However, equities rallied on Inauguration Day, recouping most of the value lost earlier in the week. Nevertheless, the Nasdaq and the large-cap […]

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ANNUAL MARKET REVIEW 2016

By on January 3, 2017 in Annual Market Review with 0 Comments

Overview The year 2016 likely will be remembered for the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States and the Brexit vote. This year also saw the Fed raise interest rates for the first time since last December, noting that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity […]

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MARKET WEEK: DECEMBER 26, 2016

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The Markets (as of market close December 23, 2016) The Dow reached its seventh consecutive week of gains as it nears 20000. As it stood at the close of last week, the Dow was about 66 points away from that milestone. During a slow week of trading leading up to the holidays, each of the […]

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MARKET WEEK: DECEMBER 19, 2016

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The Markets (as of market close December 16, 2016) The fallout from the increase in the federal funds rate saw bond yields rise, with the yield on 10-year Treasuries hitting a 2-year high. Bond prices tend to fall (and yields rise) when interest rates increase. Lender rates from financial institutions are also expected to climb, […]

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MARKET MONTH: NOVEMBER 2016

By on December 1, 2016 in Monthly Commentary with 0 Comments

The Markets (as of market close November 30, 2016) The economy picked up the pace in November, as did the stock market. After getting off to a sluggish start during the early part of the month, equities soared following the results of the presidential election. Each of the indexes listed here reached record highs during […]

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MARKET WEEK: NOVEMBER 28, 2016

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The Markets (as of market close November 25, 2016) Based on the performance of stock market indexes, it was another banner week for equities amidst slow trading volume. The Dow, S&P 500, Russell 2000, and Nasdaq each reached record highs, with the Dow eclipsing 19000 for the first time ever. Some analysts suggest the market […]

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MARKET WEEK: NOVEMBER 21, 2016

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The Markets (as of market close November 18, 2016) Treasury yields continue to climb as the 10-year rate jumped 20 basis points for the week while exceeding last year’s closing yield for the first time in 2016. The dollar has been keeping pace with rising bond yields, which is good for imports but not so […]

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