Patience Pays Dividends

For months prior to the presidential election, investors remained in a holding pattern, poised to see how the domestic and global markets would react. Many international markets saw pullbacks, but U.S. stock markets surprised to the upside, rewarding investors after showing signs of volatility in pre-trading hours following Election Day. The domestic market rally after… Continue Reading: Patience Pays Dividends

October Proves a Banner Month for Equity Markets

After a tumultuous summer, the markets seemed to downplay worries in October about China’s economic slowdown and uncertainty over the Federal Reserve timing for raising short-term interest rates. In fact, it was a banner month for the major equity indices – the S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the NASDAQ – whose positive… Continue Reading: October Proves a Banner Month for Equity Markets

Third Quarter Marked by Mixed Data and Volatility

Last quarter, many investors watched closely as the Greek debt drama played out on a global stage. Three months later, investors once again are warily watching how international economic conditions impact domestic markets. Headwinds include worries over slower growth in Europe and Asia; the effects of lower commodity prices; uncertainty over the Federal Reserve’s rate… Continue Reading: Third Quarter Marked by Mixed Data and Volatility

The Second Half of the Year Holds Promise

August 5, 2015   The Second Half of the Year Holds Promise   The S&P 500 has been at a virtual standstill thus far this year, trading in a narrow range. July was not much different. The almost 2% rise was just enough to erase losses from June, but history suggests the broad-market index could… Continue Reading: The Second Half of the Year Holds Promise

Greek Drama Plays Out on Global Stage

  The second quarter ended with all eyes on Greece after the country failed to reach an agreement with its creditors. The impasse resulted in shuttered banks and imposed capital controls, at least until a July 5 referendum on whether to accept further austerity measures in exchange for a European bailout. The Mediterranean country also… Continue Reading: Greek Drama Plays Out on Global Stage

Markets Prove Resilient Despite Topsy-Turvy May

May brought a flurry of market and economic information for investors to mull. First-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) fell at a 0.7% annual rate, revised down from a lackluster 0.2% gain. Corporate profits also fell, reflecting a stronger dollar, weakness abroad, adverse winter weather and possibly some seasonal adjustment issues. Pending home sales, however, climbed… Continue Reading: Markets Prove Resilient Despite Topsy-Turvy May

New Year Rings With (Cautious) Optimism

January 9, 2015   New Year Rings With (Cautious) Optimism Investors who weathered the volatility of the domestic stock market in 2014 were rewarded come year-end. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 ended up more than 10% each, and the Dow Jones finished with a respectable 7.5% gain. The final three months were a boon, as… Continue Reading: New Year Rings With (Cautious) Optimism