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Market Update November 2019

2018March-market-update

  My November market update has been a little slow to develop because, well, I’ve been waiting for things to develop. I really feel like I could photocopy last month’s update and send it back out. We’re still talking about politics and trade wars, but it seems as though the general sentiment is a bit…

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Market Update October 2019

2018June-Market-Update

  As the fourth quarter of 2019 began, volatility in financial markets has ticked up a little bit as worries seemed to intensify, then dissipate, only to have intensify again over a number of factors. Manufacturing has slowed, oil prices bounced around after the attack in Saudi Arabia, and impeachment talks have heated up. However,…

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Market Update September 2019

2018May-market-update

  August lived up to its historic reputation as one of the worst-performing months of the year for the stock market, as the S&P 500 index fell by about 1.5% last month, basically erasing July’s gains. Interestingly, for as great as 2019 has been for the S&P 500, the index is only up about 3%…

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Market Update August 2019

2018April-market-update

We got a break from tariff talk recently, but it was replaced by talk of the yield curve, unfortunately. The 2 are probably related, as concerns about tariffs, and Hong Kong, and Russia, have caused some stock owners to sell and reposition to bonds. When bonds are bought, their yields go down, helping to create…

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Market Update – July 2019

2018 October-market-update

  I hope you all had a nice time celebrating Independence Day last week. I suppose that’s sort of the unofficial “halftime” for summer, and for the year, too. With that in mind, I wanted to give you an update on the markets, as well as my outlook. According to Morningstar, the S&P 500 index…

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Market Update June 2019

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After a relatively tough month in May, with the S&P 500 index down about 6.5%, we’ve had a dramatic reversal in June, gaining about 5% as of June 13th. As always, there’s no shortage of headlines, with oil tankers, China trade, and Tweets being the popular ones right now.   Interestingly, the market has shrugged…

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Market Update May 2019

2018March-market-update

  As I write this, the market is all over the place due to uncertainty of our trade agreements with China.  Terms were not met as of last night’s deadline, so additional tariffs will be imposed on imports from China.  Right now, market participants are trying to figure out how to value stocks in that…

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Market Update March 2019

2018 October-market-update

Given the stock market (S&P 500) pullback over the past 2 weeks, I wanted to provide my thoughts on what might be happening.  First, I think this is just a fairly normal reaction to the very abnormal run higher we had from Christmas Eve through the end of February.  Stocks don’t typically move up like…

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Market Update February 2019

2018June-Market-Update

  What a nice rally we got in January!  Through February 12, the S&P 500 is up about 9.5% in 2019.  That’s a nice change following December.  There’s no sense belaboring the events of the end of 2018, but I do feel strongly that tax-loss selling had a lot to do with the pullback.  I…

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Market Update January 2019

2018May-market-update

  With this recent market rally, up about 12% on the S&P 500 since the December 24 close, I wanted to give an update on current market conditions. Since the 9/21/18 high of 2940 on the S&P 500, we are still down about 10% as of my writing this on January 17. That’s a fairly…

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