Market Monitor

Has the economic recovery peaked?
July 22, 2021

Has the economic recovery peaked?

July 2021 As the economic reopening gained steam, the second quarter of 2021 was another strong one for equities. Stocks again led most asset classes, with large-cap companies leading the…

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The Re-opening
April 22, 2021

The Re-opening

April 2021 The first quarter of 2021 was another strong one for equities, with stocks leading the performance tables vs. most other asset classes. Stocks continued to work their way…

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A Recovery Like No Other?
January 28, 2021

A Recovery Like No Other?

January 2021 The year 2020 will be one that no one will forget, but few would like to relive. Pandemics, lockdowns, unemployment, riots—there was a lot of craziness. If I…

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Election Uncertainty Lingers
October 22, 2020

Election Uncertainty Lingers

The third quarter of 2020 was another positive quarter for most financial assets.  Mega cap stocks led the way once again, which helped the market cap-weighted S&P 500 Index pull into…

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“Unprecedented”
July 22, 2020

“Unprecedented”

In the first quarter of this year, the stock market saw an unprecedented decline – in terms of the speed and magnitude with which it took place.  In the aftermath and…

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The Great Lockdown
April 24, 2020

The Great Lockdown

To say that investors just witnessed an historic quarter would be a huge understatement.  In mid-February, the stock market hit an all-time record high.  Just one month later people were asking if…

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Can Markets Repeat a Historic Year?
January 22, 2020

Can Markets Repeat a Historic Year?

Coming off such a horrible finish to 2018, not many investors were overly bullish last year.  Most breathed a sigh of relief when the markets started to bounce back, but…

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The Wall of Worry (Redux)
October 23, 2019

The Wall of Worry (Redux)

In more than a few client meetings, we have found ourselves saying that if you only looked at the headlines and what was going on in the media/politics/geopolitical front, you…

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A Tale of Two Markets
July 18, 2019

A Tale of Two Markets

While there is always a bull vs. bear debate in any market environment, the cross-currents in today’s financial markets are fairly stark. Recent stock market action is painting a rosy…

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The Central Bank Effect
April 24, 2019

The Central Bank Effect

As 2018 ended, it appeared as if the Federal Reserve was intent on further interest rate hikes (after 4 in 2018).  In addition to interest rate hikes, the Fed had…

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