Weekly Market Commentary, September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Markets put in a strong performance last week as U.S. inflation came in below expectations, trade concerns temporarily abated, and technology stocks rallied. The S&P 500 climbed 1.2 percent. Global stocks rallied as Japanese stocks rose sharply, pushing the MSCI ACWI to a 1.3 percent gain. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.1 percent.   Economics Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/13/us-cpi-aug-2018.html   The most important data release last week was the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI). U.S. inflation reports remain a … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, September 11, 2018

September 11, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Markets dropped last week as concerns about inflation and trade disputes pushed stocks lower. Additional concerns about the government regulating technology companies pushed that sector down 2.8 percent. The S&P 500 slid 1 percent, the MSCI ACWI dropped 1.9 percent, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.4 percent.     Economics Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/07/heres-where-the-jobs-are-in-one-chart-august-2018.html August’s jobs report was released last week displaying strong U.S. jobs growth with 201,000 jobs added and unemployment staying at a low 3.9 … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, September 5, 2018

September 5, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Markets continue to produce positive results without much volatility. The S&P 500 edged up 0.2 percent last week. The MSCI ACWI climbed 0.6 percent, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.1 percent. The positive results were part of strong overall performance in August. The S&P 500 rose 3.0 percent, and the global MSCI ACWI rose 0.6 percent. Bonds also rose 0.6 percent. Strong months with little downside can create a desire to chase after returns. Keep … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets The S&P 500 reached an all-time high on Friday, surpassing the previous market high set in January of this year. Investors seemed to be reassured by the Fed’s minutes (see below) and hopeful the unproductive Chinese trade talks will be resolved before tariffs slow the economy. The S&P 500 climbed 0.9 percent for the week. Global stocks soared as the MSCI ACWI rose 1.3 percent higher. Even bonds benefited as the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index edged up … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, August 21, 2018

August 21, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets News of trade talks between the United States and China helped support a rally in U.S. stocks last week. The talks are scheduled for next week, and officials say the two nations hope to sign a compromise by November. U.S. stocks continued their upward trend while international stocks dropped slightly. The S&P 500 rose 0.6 percent, and the global MSCI ACWI dropped 0.5 percent. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index was basically unchanged from the previous week. The … Read More