Tag Archives: Market Commentary

  • The Only Thing To Fear Is Mild Anxiety Itself

    Wall Street is worried. But does it really have a reason to be? The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX)—the so-called “fear gauge”—has had some rough sledding lately. After 15 months circling in a holding pattern in the 10-to-15 range, the line rocketed straight up to 37. Since then, it settled into another range between 15 and […]

  • The New Protectionism: Who Does It Help? Who Does It Hurt?

    The United States recently imposed tariffs on solar panels and washing machines from China, a move likely to drive up the prices of these goods. Although their American manufacturers will probably see increased unit sales and revenues, U.S.-based makers of other products that ship around the world might not share that wealth because other countries […]

  • Fast Forward One Year

    What a difference a year makes.  Do you recall how 2016 started? The United States’ Federal Reserve announced the first interest rate hike in years in December of 2015, and the S&P 500 would then plummet almost 11% over the following 8 weeks.  At the same time, Japan and a number of European countries initiated […]

  • Are the Markets Waxing or Waning?

    Both a lunar eclipse and a super-moon made for a dramatic celestial show on the evening of the final Sunday of September. A super-moon occurs when the moon’s orbit brings it closest to Earth, and a lunar eclipse leaves the moon with a rusty, reddish color. It’s interesting that only theories explain the creation of […]

  • Ignore the Noise

    Did you know that 2014 was the warmest year on record? Most of the U.S. enjoyed a cooler start for the summer this year, but right now it’s pretty hot for us in North Texas. Still, it’s probably not a bad time to go somewhere even cooler in these last few weeks of the summer, […]

  • Drachmas, Dragons and Bears

    The summer is usually a time to relax. School lets out, and you don’t have to deal with as much traffic. You might have already squeezed in a vacation or hosted a cookout or two, but the markets have not been so relaxed. Over the past three years both temperatures and blood pressures rose on […]

  • The Markets Have Spring in their Step

    Spring has sprung across the U.S. and seems to have put some spring in the markets; with major stock markets across the globe enjoying positive returns for the month of April.  On April 23rd, the NASDAQ finally crossed past its previous high from March of 2000. It was a welcomed improvement from the sideways environment […]

  • March Madness in Full Swing

    March Madness is in full swing with over 60 games having already been played. People all over the world fill out their brackets in hopes that they can predict the future, including the surprise upsets that turn an “also ran” bracket into a money winner. Those who filled out their brackets by working from the […]

  • Concerns about Global Growth

    In January, U.S. stocks posted their biggest monthly losses in a year while bond prices traded higher and market volatility surged mostly due to concerns about the lack of global growth. February experienced almost the exact opposite with U.S. stock markets hitting new highs. The S&P 500 gained 5.49%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) […]

  • Deflate-gate and Mixed Signals

    A “deflate-gate” of sorts hit Wall Street during the final week of January. On Tuesday, January 27th, the U.S. Census Bureau reported durable goods orders, core capital goods orders, and inventories; and overall, the information disappointed. Durable goods were down -3.4%. Capital goods orders were down -0.6%. Inventories increased +0.5%. The following day, the Federal […]

  • A Bullish Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year! A new year offers us all the opportunity to look back and make some sense of the year behind us. In many ways, 2014 was a year dominated by headlines. Early in the year, a polar vortex swept across the U.S., and as a result, many expected slower economic growth. For the […]

  • Mid-December Outlook

    Since the beginning of December, U.S. stocks (S&P 500) are up more than 3%. The U.S. bond market is right at break even for the month and has shown only a fraction of the volatility. Foreign markets are down much more so far in December. Foreign developed markets are down more than 4.5%, and emerging […]