Market Commentary

Economic data suggests slowing growth, possible recession

June 19th, 2019

Recession indicators point to end of 10-year economic expansion

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5 key geopolitical risks for investors

June 3rd, 2019

International waters are starting to heat up, as multiple
conflicts are testing the U.S. and global markets at once. While the countries
(and regions) below may look like the usual suspects, the conflicts are new and
the stakes are higher. Here are 5 areas that we think investors need to keep a
close eye on moving forward.[…]

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5 key themes for your summer portfolio review

June 3rd, 2019

For many families and investors across America, the summer
months are a time for vacations, having the kids and grandkids out of school, and
less stress at work (hopefully). For the markets, the summer months tend to follow
a somewhat similar path with historically low volumes – though volatility generally
likes to stick around.[…]

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Bullish or Bearish? Here is My View

May 28th, 2019

I’m Still Bullish
Until Proven Otherwise

On the surface, it looks like the bull market is hitting
resistance on multiple fronts. Just when many market participants thought a
trade deal with China was in the offing, talks broke down and tariffs went up –
the exact opposite of a ‘market friendly outcome,’ in my view.[…]

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S&P plunges, Small business jobs unfilled, Apple app fight

May 21st, 2019

The S&P 500 saw the biggest one day drop since January 3
while Apple gears up for a law suit and small businesses face a challenge in
the current labor market. How could these stories affect the markets? Read on
to get the details.[…]

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Are investors abandoning small-cap stocks?

May 21st, 2019

The stock
market has not responded well to indications that the U.S.–China trade dispute
is falling off course. I’ve written many times that Fed policy, corporate
earnings, and the China trade deal would be three key drivers of market returns
in 2019,[…]

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Is inflation a thing of the past?

May 13th, 2019

‘Inflation’ used to be a word that, when
discussed in economic circles, often dealt in worrisome implications – fear of
too much inflation or concern over not enough inflation (or at worst,
deflation). Rarely have we seen inflation running at subdued,[…]

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Is there anything to the “Sell in May” adage?

May 10th, 2019

W. from Santa Fe, NM asks: Hi there Mitch – I know the “Sell in May” adage
isn’t a real trading strategy, but I saw some of the statistics on it over the
weekend, and it looks to me like it actually works really well.[…]

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What Q1 earnings tell us about the year to come

April 29th, 2019

The Heartbeat of the
Stock Market: Earnings

There are a myriad of factors
influencing market movements right now: trade issues with China, the Federal
Reserve’s new approach to monetary policy, Brexit uncertainties, new
appointments to the Fed, and so on down the line.[…]

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Sky High Market, Sky High Market Risk?

April 23rd, 2019

In a Market Where
Everything Goes Up, I Believe Investors Should be Cautious

Investors may remember some bleak statistics from the end of
2018, when a Deutsche Bank analysis showed that 90% of investible asset classes
traded negative for the year.[…]

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