Weekly Market Commentary, January 30, 2018

January 30, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Global stock markets kept charging higher last week. The S&P 500 soared 2.2 percent and is now up 7.5 percent for the year. Global stocks climbed as the MSCI ACWI rose 2.1 percent. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index slid a negligible amount last week and is down 0.9 percent for the year. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced GDP rose 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter.     What Are We Reading? Below are some areas of … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, January 23, 2018

January 23, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Global stock markets kept climbing last week. The S&P 500 rose 0.9 percent and is now up 5.1 percent this year. Global stocks climbed even more as the MSCI ACWI rose 1.1 percent. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index slid 0.4 percent last week and is down 0.9 percent this year. Concerns over higher rates pushed bonds lower.     What Are We Reading? Below are some areas of the market we paid particularly close attention to this … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

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

Weekly Market Commentary, January 9, 2018

January 9, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Global stock markets are moving along at a torrid pace. After a strong fourth quarter, the S&P 500 soared 2.6 percent last week. Global stocks did slightly better as the MSCI ACWI rose 2.7 percent. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.3 percent last week. The S&P 500 is up nearly 9 percent since the beginning of the fourth quarter in 2017. Three quick thoughts to keep in mind: A full year’s price appreciation occurred in just … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, January 3, 2018

January 3, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets 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 percent. The MSCI ACWI rose 0.4 percent on strong results from developed and emerging markets. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index climbed 0.5 percent last week, nearly making up for the previous week’s decline. Technology was the top performing sector … Read More