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APR
2017

They Are Back: The Weekly Market Update

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Funding Deadline Congress is back in session. Not that we are 100% sure that anyone missed them, but certainly there is some unfinished business on the table. For the past few weeks, international news has dominated the markets. Syria,...
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17
APR
2017

World Events Dominate: The Weekly Market Update

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A Stark Reminder Actually, we have had a few stark reminders recently. The most recent was the escalation of our engagement in Syria and another, a show of force near the Korean peninsula. Since the election, much of America’s attention has been...
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10
APR
2017

Interesting Jobs Data: The Weekly Market Update

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What the Numbers Mean Every month the jobs numbers are of major interest to analysts who are looking for direction with regard to the economy. In essence, there is no up-to-date economic statistic which is more important, as job growth is the...
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03
APR
2017

Anticipation Meets Reality: The Weekly Market Update

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Change is Difficult We have used some rather broad terms regarding describing the mood of the markets over the past few months. Words such as “confidence” and “uncertainty.” Today we would like to use another word — “anticipation.” One reason...
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27
MAR
2017

What If The Fed Did Not? The Weekly Market Update

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Alternative Reality No, we are not delving into the world of science fiction. We can’t change what happened. But sometimes it is interesting to wonder what would have happened if an event did not take place. In this case, we are referring to the...
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20
MAR
2017

Rate Increase No Surprise: The Weekly Market Update

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The Fed Has Spoken Since we spent the past several weeks explaining why the Federal Reserve Board was likely to raise rates last week, we can definitely say that the Fed’s decision was not a surprise — especially since the increase was limited...
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13
MAR
2017

The Jobs Report and Fed Meeting: The Weekly Market Update

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Jobs, Stocks and More The data is in. The jobs report has been released and the Federal Reserve Board’s Open Market Committee is meeting as we release this publication. Keep in mind that the employment numbers are a major factor in affecting the...
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06
MAR
2017

Existing Home Sales React: The Weekly Market Update

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Jobs and Confidence In the past few weeks we have spoken a lot about confidence. Certainly, confidence has been the major influence behind the recent stock rally. It has also influenced the recent movements in rates and oil prices. If this...
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26
FEB
2017

Jobs and Rates: The Weekly Market Update

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Jobs Report This Week It has been a whirlwind start to the year with record stock prices and a new administration coming together. And the year could get a bit more interesting with an employment report due out at the end of next week. Of...
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21
FEB
2017

Optimism Versus Uncertainty: The Weekly Market Update

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Optimism Carries The Day During the past few months we have had a very solid rally in the stock market, which has been accompanied by higher interest rates. Certainly, the economic results that have been released have not changed that much...
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