signature wealth strategies market update

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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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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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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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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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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2018April-market-update

The stock market, and its investors, have not found this to be the happ-, happiest time of the year. The mixed signals, heightened volatility, and terrible performance have left many of us guessing whether the top of the market has come and gone. I think this is a tale of two markets, the fundamental market…

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2018 October-market-update

In the wake of Hurricane Michael’s devastating blow to the Florida panhandle, I took some time to look back over the indicators that I track (for the stock market, not the weather).  The first half of this month has been a rough one for stocks and bonds both, with the S&P 500 down about 4.7%…

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signature wealth strategies market update

For as many headlines as there have been recently, whether it be tariffs, or Brexit, or tweets, not much has changed in my opinion of the stock market. The market seems very range-bound, reinforcing my belief that the summer could be fairly flat for the stock market, generally speaking. Since we have broken a little…

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2018June-Market-Update

Happy summer! Many of us take time off over the next few months, and the stock market often seems to do the same.It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the S&P 500 is about the same value on Labor Day as it was on Memorial Day, although there could be some rallies and pullbacks in…

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2018May-market-update

After the steady upward trend of 2017, this year has felt like a real roller coaster ride. We’ve been bouncing between the 2600-2800 level on that index for a while, with the exception of the quick run up in January, followed by the equally quick pullback in February.  That’s a lot of movement to end…

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