Weekly Market Commentary, November 24, 2014

November 25, 2014  | By Robare & Jones

We will be closed at noon on Wednesday through Friday to spend time with our families for Thanksgiving. We wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! The Markets Pioneer. Trendsetter. Trailblazer. Whatever term you decide to use, there’s no debate about the fact central banks around the world are taking a page or two from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s playbook. The Fed may have ended quantitative easing (QE) – its program of buying government bonds to keep interest rates … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, November 17, 2014

November 18, 2014  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets “Is all this stock market optimism a red flag?” Contrarians – investors who bet against prevailing market trends – were probably nodding along as they read that headline in The Wall Street Journal back on January 18, 2013. The Journal cited the American Association of Individual Investor’s (AAII’s) Sentiment Survey, which showed about 46 percent of participants were feeling bullish. As it turned out, the bulls were right. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose from about 1486 … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, November 10, 2014

November 11, 2014  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Is it a melt-up? Everyone has experienced melt-downs, but how many of us have seen melt-ups? It’s possible markets may be experiencing a melt-up, according to Barron’s. Melt-up is a counterintuitive term which describes a sharp, emotion-driven improvement in market performance. Last June, The Wall Street Journal blog described the melt-up phenomenon like this: “Money managers and analysts are beginning to talk about an idea that dates from the roaring ’90s: a rapid stock gain known as a … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Are central banks throwing a progressive party? You know, the kind of party where folks travel from house to house feasting and drinking and enjoying the proffered hospitality. For years pundits have speculated about what will happen to the U.S. stock market party when the spiked punch bowl of quantitative easing is gone. Last week, they got an unexpected answer: Come on over to Japan’s house. On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced October marked the end of … Read More