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Weekly Market Commentary February 20, 2018

Global stocks surged last week as concerns over inflation moderated. The S&P 500 soared 4.3% and produced gains every trading day. The MSCI ACWI also rose 4.3%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index gave up another 0.2% on higher inflation news and is now down 2.1% this year.

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Weekly Market Commentary February 12, 2018

It was a difficult week for investors. Stock markets continued to decline, and bonds also dropped slightly. The S&P 500 fell 5.2%. Global stocks fell slightly lower, with the MSCI ACWI falling 5.7%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index continued its decline, dropping 0.1%. The S&P 500 had reached correction levels by falling more than 10% from its high prior to Friday’s rally.

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Weekly Market Commentary February 5, 2018

Global stock market performance last week reminded us risk is an inherent part of investing. The S&P 500 dropped 3.9%. Global stocks dropped slightly less, as the MSCI ACWI fell 3.4%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index continued its decline by dropping 0.9%.

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Weekly Market Commentary January 29, 2018

Global stock markets kept charging higher last week. The S&P 500 soared 2.2% and is now up 7.5% for the year. Global stocks climbed as the MSCI ACWI rose 2.1%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index slid a negligible amount last week and is down 0.9% for the year. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced GDP rose 2.6% in the fourth quarter. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary January 22, 2018

Global stock markets kept climbing last week. The S&P 500 rose 0.9% and is now up 5.1% this year. Global stocks climbed even more as the MSCI ACWI rose 1.1%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index slid 0.4% last week and is down 0.9% this year. Concerns over higher rates pushed bonds lower.   As of this writing, the U.S. Senate was unable to muster enough Democratic votes to avoid a government shutdown. Whether or not it is resolved by publication, we are not overly concerned. Past government shutdowns have had little effect on the stock market, and we do not expect this one to be different. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary January 16, 2018

Global stock markets continued their blazing 2018 pace. The S&P 500 climbed another 1.6% and is now up 4.2% for the year. Global stocks participated in the rally as the MSCI ACWI rose 1.2%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index slid 0.2% last week and is down 0.5% for the year. The risk-on approach by investors and greater optimism about the economy have pushed rates higher. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary January 8, 2018

Global stock markets are moving along at a torrid pace. After a strong fourth quarter, the S&P 500 soared 2.6% last week. Global stocks did slightly better as the MSCI ACWI rose 2.7%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.3% last week. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary January 2, 2018

The S&P 500 completed the equivalent of bowling 300 by finishing all 12 months in positive territory, after accounting for dividends. U.S. stocks gave up some of their December gains last week as the S&P 500 fell 0.4%. The MSCI ACWI rose 0.4% on strong results from developed and emerging markets. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index climbed 0.5% last week, nearly making up for the previous week’s decline. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary December 26, 2017

 

Stocks continued their winning ways last week. The S&P 500 rose 0.3% and is now up 1.4% for the month. The MSCI ACWI rose 1.1% as global stocks rallied. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.6% on concerns that tax reform would push interest rates higher. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary December 18, 2017

Stocks moved higher again this week. The S&P 500 rose 0.9% last week and is now up 1.1% for the month. The MSCI ACWI rose 0.6% as global stocks slightly lagged the U.S. stock market. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index climbed 0.3%. Read more