Weekly Market Commentary, April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016  | By Robare & Jones

On Friday we prepared our office for construction which began over the weekend. We are now in a remote location and you can continue to reach us at our normal office number 281-374-0756. We are also able to receive regular mail to our office address. While this is a challenging time for us, we are able to continue business operations with minimal interruption. We are fortunate that a few years ago we began storing our data in the cloud so … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, April 18, 2016

April 18, 2016  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Isn’t it remarkable that China’s growth is so consistent? A columnist from The Washington Post once opined that China “produces an astonishing number of astonishing numbers.” Last week’s GDP announcement, which helped push markets higher, may fall into that category. China’s official statistics agency reported the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 6.7 percent during the first quarter of 2016. That didn’t come as a big surprise because it’s smack-dab-in-the-middle of the official Chinese government target of … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016  | By Robare & Jones

  The Markets The second quarter started off with a whimper. Global markets were relatively muted, unlike the start of the first quarter. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average were both down 1.2 percent while the NASDAQ Composite fell 1.3 percent. Japanese and Chinese markets were down with the Nikkei 225 Average and the Shanghai Composite down 2.1 percent and 0.82 percent, respectively. European stocks were relatively flat with the MSCI Europe Index up 0.22 percent.   … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets It’s like déjà vu all over again! This wasn’t the first quarter, or even the first year, that bond markets have not performed in the way Wall Street strategists have expected. During 2014, bond yields were expected to rise. They did not. During 2015, bonds were predicted to finish the year yielding about 2.8 percent to 3.3 percent. On December 31, they were at about 2.3 percent. During the first quarter of 2016, despite persistent predictions yields would … Read More