Weekly Market Commentary, October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets After a week that left investors wondering what’s next – much like fishermen on a lake as the wind kicks up and the water gets choppy – the wind settled and the fish started biting. U.S. stock markets posted their best weekly returns in almost two years last week. When all was said and done, investors were $900 billion richer on paper, according to experts cited by Barron’s. One of the most interesting things about the week was … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets After a 21-month ride to mid-September highs, market volatility has returned and continued last week. Barron’s described it like this: “The Dow Jones Industrial Average endured dizzying swings each day, with a 460-point move midday on Wednesday. That’s when the market came closest to hitting a correction phase – that is, down 10 percent from the highs. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell to 1,820.66, or down 9.5 percent intraday from the all-time closing high of 2011.36, before closing … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Markets slid downward at the quickest pace seen since May 2012. The S&P 500 finished the week 3.14 percent lower as investors grappled with lower economic growth forecasts. They also fear upcoming third quarter corporate earnings reports will be significantly impacted by this slowing economic growth in addition to a recent run-up in value of the U.S. dollar versus foreign currencies. Slower economic growth could translate into delayed monetary policy tightening (lower interest rates for a longer period … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets During the third quarter of 2014, U.S. investors remained optimistic as all major U.S. indices pushed higher during the quarter despite mixed economic signals, monetary policy concerns, and geopolitical tensions. U.S. Treasury bond markets continued to confound investors and analysts during the quarter. Rates have remained low even with the end of quantitative easing in sight and the Federal Reserve preparing for the next step in unwinding monetary policy which is raising the Fed Fund’s rate. Although the … Read More