Weekly Market Commentary, January 26, 2016

January 26, 2016  | By Robare & Jones

  The Markets Investors breathed a sigh of relief last week when U.S. stock markets recovered from a tumble toward bear market territory with the grace of a Cirque du Soleil performer. Many stock markets around the world finished the week with gains, although national indices in Europe and the United States fared better, generally, than those in Asia. Bloomberg Business reported global stocks experienced their biggest gains in more than three years, while safe haven markets, including Treasuries, retreated. … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, January 19, 2016

January 19, 2016  | By Robare & Jones

  Market Table We all have our pet peeves, and if there is one thing markets do NOT like, it is uncertainty. Unfortunately, we entered 2016 with a lot of unanswered questions: How much has China’s growth slowed? How will the country’s slower growth affect companies and investments around the globe? How will the Federal Reserve’s changing monetary policy affect the U.S. economy? How many times will it raise rates during 2016? Will the Fed change course? Will oil prices … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, January 12, 2016

January 12, 2016  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) started the New Year with a downward currency adjustment and fireworks followed. Last week, three distinct issues affected China’s stock market. First, the PBOC’s devaluation of the yuan (a.k.a. the renminbi), along with the knowledge the central bank had been spending heavily to prop up its currency in recent months, led many analysts and investors to the conclusion China’s economy might not be as robust as official reports indicated, according to the … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, January 5, 2016

January 5, 2016  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Investing in U.S. stock markets during 2015 was a bit like riding a mechanical bull. Markets jolted up and down but, once the year ended, investors were almost where they had started. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) entered 2015 at about 2,058. It rose as high as 2,130 during May and fell to about 1,867 in August. As the year ended, the index was almost at 2,044. It would have finished in negative territory if … Read More