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Weekly Market Commentary September 17, 2018

Markets put in a strong performance last week as U.S. inflation came in below expectations, trade concerns temporarily abated and technology stocks rallied. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary September 10, 2018

Markets dropped last week as concerns about inflation and trade disputes pushed stocks lower. Additional concerns about the government regulating technology companies pushed that sector down 2.8%. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary September 4, 2018

Markets continue to produce positive results without much volatility. The S&P 500 edged up 0.2% last week. The MSCI ACWI climbed 0.6%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.1%. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary August 27, 2018

The S&P 500 reached an all-time high on Friday, surpassing the previous market high set in January of this year. Investors seemed to be reassured by the Fed’s minutes (see below) and hopeful the unproductive Chinese trade talks will be resolved before tariffs slow the economy. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary August 20, 2018

News of trade talks between the U.S. and China helped support a rally in U.S. stocks last week. The talks are scheduled for next week, and officials say the two nations hope to sign a compromise by November. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary August 13, 2018

Concerns over declines in the Turkish currency and the risk of a trade dispute between the U.S. and Turkey pushed stocks lower last week. Turkey and the U.S. are sparring over the jailing of a U.S. pastor by Turkey. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary August 6, 2018

U.S. stocks rallied, while global markets lagged. The S&P 500 rose 0.8%. Global stocks slipped as the MSCI ACWI fell 0.2%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.1%. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary July 30, 2018

Strong U.S. economic growth made additional interest rate hikes likely. The likelihood of additional hikes and weak earnings from a couple key technology companies was not enough to overcome positive news earlier in the week on trade between the Europe Union and U.S. Discussions are moving forward to rescind the announced metal tariffs and reduce tariffs on industrial goods. The S&P 500 rose 0.6% for the week. Global stocks, as measured by the MSCI ACWI, climbed 0.9% higher. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.2%.

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Weekly Market Commentary July 23, 2018

The stock market had a rather boring week. The S&P 500 stayed in a tight range throughout the week and finished basically unchanged. Global stocks performed a little better as the MSCI ACWI inched 0.1% higher. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.3%. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary July 16, 2018

Solid earnings and perhaps some potentially blissful ignorance on the ongoing risks over trade pushed stocks to a second straight week of strong gains. The S&P 500 soared 1.5% for the second week in a row. The MSCI ACWI climbed 1.0%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.2%. Read more