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 »

May 2017 Viewpoints

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  Economic and Investment News Bits One million more people will travel this Memorial Day weekend than last year (an increase of 2.7%). (Source: AAA) Unemployment decreased slightly to 4.4%, tying the lowest level from the last economic expansion. In the last 40 years, the only time unemployment has been lower was during the longest… Read more »

November Viewpoints

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Economic and Investment News Bits A sign of things to come? Long-term U.S. government bonds, which have held their value as well as any asset class over the last three years, took a hit last week. Vanguard’s Long-Term Treasury fund lost almost 7%. The overriding factor is the incoming president’s agenda that includes significant increases… Read more »

November 2016 Market Commentary

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  The PDS investment team recently met with colleagues and a knowledgeable investment company specialist.  Most of the discussion evolved around economics: inflation, interest rates, GDP, and global currencies. The specialist’s viewpoints: 1) Inflation is soon going to be easily above 2% and likely moving closer to 3%, 2) The 10-year Treasury (currently at 1.7%)… Read more »