What’s moving the markets?

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Earnings, earnings, earnings. Earnings expectations were high heading into this reporting season, and companies have not disappointed. Year-over-year comparable earnings were easy to beat but uncertainty still lingered. The markets are absorbing the positive earnings news with relief and trending higher. So far 84.6% of S&P 500 reporting companies have beaten their EPS estimates. More Read More

Risk vs. reward: Finding your comfort level as an investor

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People tend to harbor this notion that investing is all about stock picking, industry monitoring, and company analysis. What is so often left out is the human emotion side, which is arguably the biggest determinant of success in the investment world. Your investing comfort level is the key to productively putting your money to work Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Interest rates march higher. Rates have continued their upward climb through March, a trend leading to sustained volatility in investment markets. Investors keep adjusting their portfolios to account for the rising rate environment. Want to dive into the nitty gritty? Find out why the recently rising rate on the U.S. 10-year note is adding to market jitters here. Ultimately, Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Moving on up. Rates that is. Rates are on the rise. While not the end of the world, this shift has certainly reintroduced volatility into the investment market. Everyone is working to adjust their portfolios for a future with higher inflation, growth and interest rates. This rotation has hit the high-flying tech sector, which has been the Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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The COVID-19 story. The pandemic continues to dominate much of what is happening in our country. The feared holiday surge has come to be. More than 433,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 complications. The spread of disease has transformed consumption habits, driving ongoing weakness in the labor market. Most of the high unemployment stems from the ravaging of the leisure and hospitality industry. This trend will continue until vaccines are plentiful and consumers begin to resume their Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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The pandemic accelerates. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are continuing to skyrocket in the United States and around the globe. While help is coming with treatments and probable vaccine distributions, we have quite a ways to go. Three different vaccines have shown high levels of efficacy, which has led to a buoyant market over the past four weeks. Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Election turbulence. There really is no precedent for this election and the myriad of variables that could impact what happens on November 3rd and the days that follow. Are we looking at a certain winner in the presidential race who is generally accepted by Americans? Or will it be more muddled than that? This election might Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Presidential politics. The growing uncertainty as to whether the listed winner of our coming election will be accepted as such is starting to give the investment markets heartburn. This election is supercharging levels of unease that are going to manifest in U.S. equity markets. The potential for a challenge to the election results has grown substantially and Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Federal Reserve and interest rates. The Federal Reserve has changed the way it seeks to achieve its dual mandate of full employment and stable prices. The revision essentially translates to lower interest rates for longer than previously expected. The impact? Not much in the lives of most people. Potentially quite a profound one on inflation levels, Read More