Weekly Market Commentary, March 27, 2018

March 27, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets A sharp selloff in the latter part of last week caused the S&P 500 to post its worst weekly loss since early 2016. The S&P 500 dropped just less than 6 percent, the global MSCI ACWI slid 4.4 percent, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index was basically unchanged. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is down 3.2 percent.     Let’s Take a Good News Break After last week, we could all use some good news. Here are 10 … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, March 20, 2018

March 20, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets The S&P 500 slid 1.2 percent on increased concerns about political risk. The global MSCI ACWI dropped 0.6 percent, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index edged 0.2 percent higher. The S&P 500 is up 2.9 percent so far this year.     Risk Analysis February was a volatile month. As the chart below shows, there were 12 days when the S&P 500 rose or fell by more than 1 percent, tying it with 2009 as the most … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, March 13, 2018

March 13, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Stock markets returned to their winning ways last week after falling the previous week. The S&P 500 soared 3.5 percent, the global MSCI ACWI rose 2.8 percent, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index edged 0.1 percent lower. The moves higher in the S&P 500 and MSCI ACWI were both large enough to overcome last week’s losses. Stock prices fell on the announced resignation of President Trump’s economic advisor, Gary Cohn, a free-trade advocate in the administration. However, … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets As Yogi Berra once said: It’s déjà vu all over again. Last week, global stock markets took a bit of a dip after President Trump announced a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. Tariffs are taxes on goods imported from other countries. In general, governments impose tariffs to enhance revenue and/or protect domestic industries from competition abroad. Tariffs tend to spark fierce debate about protectionism and free trade. Proponents suggest tariffs may … Read More