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November 22, 2014

By on November 24, 2014 in Radio Show with 0 Comments

Chris thanks Mike Burton for hosting the 11/15 show while he was at a business meeting with First Trust in Chicago. Chris goes on to share some of the things he learned at the meeting. Listen in to learn some interesting tidbits about sector weightings, manufacturing, energy, and correlation vs causality. Attorney Susan Huettner is in […]

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MARKET WEEK: NOVEMBER 17, 2014

By on November 17, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets Though trading remained within a relatively narrow range, especially compared with recent weeks, the S&P 500 nevertheless managed to hit a new record high, while the Nasdaq’s weekly gain kept it in the lead year-to-date. A fresh drop in oil prices brought the price of West Texas Intermediate crude to roughly $75 a […]

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MARKET WEEK: NOVEMBER 10, 2014

By on November 12, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets In the wake of the midterm election results that gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress, domestic equities took a break from their recent volatility. Though the S&P 500’s increase was relatively modest, it still managed to regain the 2,000 level and go on to set three fresh record highs in the […]

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MARKET MONTH: OCTOBER 2014

By on November 3, 2014 in Monthly Commentary with 0 Comments

The Markets October lived up to its reputation for volatility as triple-digit intraday swings in the Dow became almost commonplace. Despite being spooked for much of the month–at one point the S&P 500 was down almost 8% from its most recent high–both the S&P and the Dow industrials rallied strongly to end the month at […]

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MARKET WEEK: NOVEMBER 3, 2014

By on November 3, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets A robust U.S. GDP reading coupled with the prospect of greater economic stimulus in Japan and additional positive corporate earnings reports helped drive both the Dow industrials and the S&P 500 to new record highs. The small caps of the Russell 2000 saw their third straight week of solid gains, which gave the […]

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Market Commentary – November 1, 2014

By on November 1, 2014 in Quarterly Market Review with 0 Comments

YTD Review: Equity (Stock) Markets have generated mixed results so far in 2014.  The US markets continue to lead, but returns are much lower when compared to 2013.  Through September 30th, the S&P 500 Average has been one of the strongest indexes, up 8.3%. The Dow Jones Index is also in positive territory, up 4.6%.  […]

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MARKET WEEK: OCTOBER 27, 2014

By on October 27, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets Relief at last: Investors finally regained some appetite for risk as equities got a break from the recent wave of selling. After four straight weeks of losses, the S&P 500 saw a strong bounce. However, the Nasdaq’s rebound was even bigger and the small caps of the Russell 2000 saw their second consecutive […]

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MARKET WEEK: OCTOBER 20, 2014

By on October 20, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets The hits just kept on coming: Ongoing weak economic data abroad, disappointing domestic retail and wholesale inflation numbers, and fears about the global impact of the Ebola virus continued to take a toll. At one point on Wednesday, the Dow had shed 458 points, though it saw a partial recovery later in the […]

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MARKET WEEK: OCTOBER 13, 2014

By on October 14, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets Concerns about signs of weaker growth abroad seemed to outweigh domestic corporate earnings reports last week as volatility went extreme. The Dow industrials saw triple-digit swings four days in a row that wiped out all of the index’s year-to-date gains, and both the Dow and the S&P 500 had their worst weeks since May […]

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MARKET WEEK: OCTOBER 6, 2014

By on October 6, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets For the second straight week, a Friday rally after encouraging employment numbers couldn’t outweigh equities’ losses earlier in the week. However, it did manage to rescue the Russell 2000 from a brief dip into correction territory (a correction is generally considered to be 10% down from the most recent high). Once again, the Dow industrials […]

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