February 2019 Market Commentary

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Wow, what a difference a month can make! The 4th quarter ended on a sour note with domestic stocks down by -14% to -21% and international by -7% to -13%.  To put this into historical perspective, the S&P 500 has experienced 16 quarters of double digit losses dating back to 1968.  On average, these generated… Read more »

January 2019 Market Commentary

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Now that we have closed the book to 2018, let’s pause to review the year and potential outlook for 2019. The fourth quarter, and especially December, came under real pressure as the Federal Reserve continued increasing interest rates, trade frictions with China escalated and investors focused on global growth concerns.  Domestic stocks dropped by -14%… Read more »

December 2018 Market Commentary

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$1.99, $1.94, $1.98 gasoline prices at the pump!  Did we just flashback to the early 2000’s?  These low prices are the result of oil’s 33% plummet in just the past two months.  Nevertheless, this seems to be a nice early gift for this holiday season!  If these low prices persist, this could provide a boost… Read more »

November 2018 Market Commentary

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October was a brutal month for markets around the globe with concerns about global growth, escalating trade tensions, rising interest rates and the upcoming mid-term elections.  Domestic stocks faced pressure with the S&P 500 down almost -7%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average almost -5% and small cap stocks nearly -11% for the month.  International stock… Read more »

October 2018 Market Commentary

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Falling leaves, pumpkins, mums, harvest, pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider, postseason baseball (not for the Reds), and Big Ten football play are all signs of fall.  As the seasons change and the third quarter closes, we pause to review. Domestic stocks rallied with the strongest quarterly return in almost five years with a +7.2% gain. … Read more »