Markets Experience Election Fatigue

Markets Experience Election Fatigue

“Verrrry interesting.” Arte Johnson’s catch phrase from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In may not have described U.S. stock markets last week, but there were some interesting economic, cyber-security, and consumer developments around the world. Major U.S. stock indices...
Calm(ish) Markets in Third Quarter

Calm(ish) Markets in Third Quarter

Markets were relatively calm during the third quarter of 2016 They were able to deliver some attractive returns overall and all eyes remain fixed on central banks. In the United States, all three major U.S. indices posted record highs twice during a single 7-day...
The Fed Resists Urge to Raise Rates

The Fed Resists Urge to Raise Rates

As expected… The dovish U.S. Federal Reserve left rates unchanged last week and markets celebrated. Across the globe, national stock market indices finished the week higher. In the United States, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and NASDAQ gained more than 1...
The Economic Cage Match: Softening Data Vs. Rising Inflation

The Economic Cage Match: Softening Data Vs. Rising Inflation

Potentially Soft Economic Data Vs. Inflation If it’s not one thing, it’s one other. Economic data released last week will factor into this week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decision on whether to push interest rates higher in the United States. Some of...
Brexit Means ‘Brexit’

Brexit Means ‘Brexit’

BUT… WHAT DOES ‘BREXIT’ MEAN? “We can never know about the days to come, but we think about them anyway…” –Carly Simon Economists and market analysts have been thinking a lot about the Federal Reserve and the actions it may take before the end...
Rates are DEFINITELY Going Up… at Some Point… in the Future

Rates are DEFINITELY Going Up… at Some Point… in the Future

Last week, Wall Street was speculating about monetary policy with the enthusiasm of commentators trying to predict who will bring home Olympic gold. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is expected to introduce another rate hike before the end of 2016, according...