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We aim to provide timely updates to our clients with salient commentary around current events in the economy, as well as a monthly feature about financial planning. Our weekly economic commentary Perspectives from Above the Noise will focus on what we feel to be important news from the global economy to your personal economy. Our 8 Wealth Issues monthly feature focusses on one specific topic within our financial planning framework. These topics include: Fiscal Fitness; Retirement Planning; Investment Strategies; Tax Efficiency; Insurance; Executive Compensation; Business & Succession Planning; & Estate.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

• Volatile Week Ends on a Brighter Note. U.S. equities rebounded from four days of selling on Friday, climbing the most in six months, but still posted sharp losses on the week. Investors had grown concerned over quickly rising...

 

Monday, October 8, 2018

• Worst Week in a Month. U.S. stocks fell in tandem with bonds on Friday, capping the S&P 500 with its worst week in a month, as a selloff in Treasuries sent yields to seven-year highs. Bond prices slid as fallout persisted over...

 

Monday, October 1, 2018

• Stocks End Mixed Week. U.S. stocks ended a two-week rally, while finishing September slightly positive and posted its strongest quarterly gain since 2013. Investors turned cautious amid jitters over political intrigue in...

 

Monday, September 24, 2018

S&P 500 Reaches New Record September 17 - 21, 2018 Recap • Second Weekly Gain. U.S. stocks finished mixed last Friday with the S&P 500 breaking a three-day rally, as declines in technology mega caps weighed on sentiment amid...

 

Monday, September 17, 2018

• Five for Five Daily Gains. U.S. stocks finished mixed on Friday, ending a positive week that sent the S&P 500 to its strongest weekly advance since mid-July. Equities reversed midday gains on reports President Trump wants to...

 

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Trade Tensions Spark Technology Reversal September 3 - 7, 2018 Recap • Week Long Tech Losses. U.S. stocks fell for a fourth day after President Trump threatened an additional $267B in tariffs on Chinese imports on top of $200B in...

 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Best August Performance Since 2014 August 27 - 31, 2018 Recap • Stocks Face Canadian Trade Challenge. U.S. stocks finished mixed in thin trading ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend, but the broader market held a weekly gain...

 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Stocks Advance on Trade Optimism August 13 - 17, 2018 Recap • Poised for Record Bull Market. U.S. stocks advanced for a second day on Friday, after the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. and Chinese negotiators agreed to meet...

 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Stocks Slump Amid Turkey Economic Crisis August 6-10, 2018 Recap • Global Equities Slump. U.S. stocks slumped on Friday, following foreign markets lower after President Trump doubled tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from...

 

Monday, July 9, 2018

• It’s all About Fundamentals. Wall Street largely overlooked the latest escalation in the U.S.- China trade dispute after a solid gain in June payrolls and a subdued YoY gain in hourly wages sparked optimism and eased...

 

Monday, June 11, 2018

• Best Week Since March. U.S. stocks climbed higher Friday, capping the week with solid gains as consumer staples rallied to a six-week high, offsetting concerns after President Trump criticized the trading practices of Canada and...

 

Monday, June 4, 2018

• More Americans at Work. Stocks broadly advanced last Friday, more than erasing a weekly loss, as May non-farm payrolls widely outpaced expectations and the unemployment rate fell from 3.9% to 3.8%, matching April 2000 at the...

 

Monday, May 28, 2018

• Equities Edge Higher Last Week. Stocks ended lightly mixed on Friday, paring modest weekly gains, as oil prices slumped the most in nearly a year after a Saudi Arabia oil minister said increased production will likely raise...

 

Monday, May 21, 2018

• Equities Ease. Stocks ended fractionally lower in light volume last week, as investors weighed conflicting signals on U.S.- China trade talks. Early last week, major media reported that China had offered to buy $200 billion in...

 

Monday, May 14, 2018

• Bullish Tone Takes Hold. Stocks ended mostly higher Friday, with the S&P 500 extending gains into a third day, capping its best week in two months as trade tensions eased and speculation mounted that inflation will remain tame....

 

Monday, May 7, 2018

• Stocks End Slightly Negative. U.S. stocks finished the week slightly negative, as sharp gains stemming from a tech rally overshadowed a lack of progress in U.S.-China trade talks and mixed takeaways within the April payrolls...

 

Monday, April 30, 2018

• Stocks End Slightly Negative. U.S. stocks finished the week slightly negative, as optimism over generally solid earnings was overshadowed by signs of economic cooling. All three major U.S. equity indices declined fractionally,...

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

he S&P 500 pared a weekly gain as a late-week selloff overshadowed what has so far been a solid earnings season. All three major U.S. equity indices fell at least 0.8% on Friday as inflation concerns mounted after the key 10-year...

 

Monday, April 16, 2018

U.S. stocks pared a weekly gain last Friday amid investor jitters ahead of a possible U.S-led military strike against Syria, following evidence of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime. Domestic equities had posted sharp gains...

 

Monday, March 26, 2018

U.S. stocks ended sharply lower last Friday, capping the three main domestic indices with their worst weekly decline in over two years amid uncertainty over a potential trade war with China. Investors were also vexed over by higher...

 

Monday, March 19, 2018

U.S. stocks posted modest gains on Friday, paring four days of declines, after investors cheered unexpectedly strong factory output and consumer sentiment data, overshadowing worries about potential trade wars. Earlier in the week,...

 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Stocks rose sharply last week, as investors welcomed a strong February payrolls report and were relieved that wage growth moderated. Wall Street was also pleased that North Korea has stated it is willing to conditionally denuclearize...

 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Stocks ended higher on Friday, as a late-day rally pared a weekly decline as investors’ fear over potential trade wars subsided amid speculation that President Trump’s pledged tariffs may not disrupt global growth....

 

Monday, February 26, 2018

All three major U.S. equity indices surged last Friday, erasing losses for the week with the biggest gains in nearly three weeks as Wall Street grew more confident that new Fed Chairman Jerome Powell may not rush to raise interest...

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

U.S. stocks advanced all five days to cap their strongest weekly performance in five years. The S&P 500 finished the week above its 50-day moving average for the first time since the 10.1% correction the prior week and is now down less...

 

Monday, February 12, 2018

U.S. stocks fell sharply last week, as the S&P 500 slumped over 5% for its largest weekly slide since January 2016, ending a record stretch of extremely low volatility. Investors’ inflation fears were the primary catalyst for the...

 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Equity markets fell sharply last week as Wall Street grew concerned over an accelerating rise in bond yields; the S&P 500 falling 2.12% on Friday, extending a 1.74% loss earlier in the week. Losses accelerated on Friday when the Labor...

 

Monday, January 29, 2018

All three major domestic equity averages marked their fourth weekly advance as investors remain upbeat on the economy despite a softer-than-expected preliminary reading of fourth quarter GDP. The 2.6% increase in 4Q GDP (down from 3.2%...

 

Monday, January 22, 2018

During the week, the prospect of a government shutdown was on the collective mind of Wall Street and appeared to limit the market’s gains. Federal spending authorizations were set to expire on Friday evening and congressional...

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

U.S. equity momentum accelerated to new heights entering 2018, with the S&P 500 posting new record-setting highs during eight of the first nine trading days of the year. Quite significantly, the S&P 500 broke its 200-day trend line...

 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Recently, Bitcoin has become an increasingly hot topic as its price has grown significantly in valuation. This price jump has caught a lot of investors’ attention, but many are struggling to understand what exactly Bitcoin is....

 

Monday, January 8, 2018

U.S. stocks posted strong gains the first week of the New Year, with all three major domestic indices rising to record-setting highs for three straight days, as Wall Street reveled in economic data that generally supported a...

 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

U.S. stocks declined the final week of the year, paring the best annual gain in four years, as investors cautiously positioned their portfolios ahead of the extended New Year’s weekend. Selling erased earlier gains with most of...

 

Monday, December 18, 2017

All three major U.S. equity averages advanced to new record-setting highs on Friday after Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Corker announced they would vote in favor of the GOP-led tax reform bill. The two senators were previous...

 

Monday, December 11, 2017

The S&P 500 Index extended gains for a third week, after a stronger-than-expected November jobs report on Friday provided relief to a host of uncertainties and struggles the markets experienced earlier in the week. Labor Department...

 

Monday, December 4, 2017

U.S. stocks finished lower last Friday; the S&P 500 and Dow Industrials opened on a high note, but then soured as political developments overshadowed positive tax news. Investors were worried that former National Security Advisor...

 

Monday, November 27, 2017

U.S. stocks pushed higher during the shortened Thanksgiving Day holiday week as investors embraced generally positive economic data and expressed optimism for stronger-than-expected holiday retail sales. Including Friday’s...

 

Monday, November 20, 2017

U.S. stocks finished lower on Friday, as investors failed to follow-through on Thursday’s outsized gains as nervousness about continued flattening of the Treasury yield curve overshadowed a stronger-than-forecast increase in...

 

Monday, November 13, 2017

U.S. stocks finished slightly mixed last Friday, with the S&P 500 and Dow Industrials posting their first weekly losses in more than two months and the NASDAQ Composite ended a run of six straight weekly gains. Investors turned...

 

Monday, November 6, 2017

U.S. stocks climbed higher Friday, sending the S&P 500 to its eighth weekly advance, its longest string of weekly gains since 2013. Investor sentiment was boosted following better-than-expected earnings and strong services sector...

 

Monday, October 30, 2017

U.S. stocks advanced on Friday after technology titans, particularly the giants of internet retail and search, announced stellar earnings that powered the NASDAQ Composite and S&P 500 to finish at record new highs, with the NASDAQ 100...

 

Monday, October 23, 2017

U.S. stocks continued to post new milestones and record highs last week, with the S&P 500 and Dow Industrials posting their sixth consecutive weekly gain. Friday marked the 24th time this year that all three major U.S. equity indices...

 

Monday, October 16, 2017

U.S. stocks edged slightly higher Friday, sending the S&P 500 to its fifth straight weekly gain, while the NASDAQ Composite finished the week at a new closing high. Trading was largely subdued as investors weighed increased consumer...

 

Monday, October 9, 2017

U.S. stocks ended mostly lower on Friday, slightly paring strong weekly gains as investors largely shook off disappointment over a weak September payrolls report that was distorted by the effects of the two major hurricanes at the...

 

Monday, October 2, 2017

U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, sending the S&P 500, NASDAQ Composite and Russell 2000 to new all-time highs, buoyed by strength in Financials after President Trump interviewed former Federal Reserve Governor Kevin Warsh as a potential...

 

Monday, September 25, 2017

U.S. stocks ended narrowly mixed on Friday and on the week as Wall Street stayed near the sidelines after North Korea intensified its threats against the United States. President Trump responded by authorizing sanctions against...

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

U.S. stocks advanced last Friday, finishing a strong week with yet another trifecta of all-time closing highs for all three major domestic equity indices. The S&P 500 rallied to end above the 2,500 milestone for the first time, as the...

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

U.S. stocks finished the holiday-shortened trading week modestly lower, as Wall Street investors remained cautious ahead of a possible North Korean ballistic missile test and the weekend arrival of Hurricane Irma in southern Florida....

 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

U.S. stocks advanced for a sixth straight day on Friday, as investors took solace that a weak August payrolls report would likely prompt the Federal Reserve to hold off raising interest rates in September. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 156...

 

Monday, August 28, 2017

U.S. stocks rebounded from two days of selling on Friday, but still recorded the strongest weekly performance in over a month. Friday’s rebound was sparked by comments within Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s Jackson Hole, Wyoming...

 

Monday, August 21, 2017

U.S. stocks erased intra-day gains on Friday, capping a second straight weekly loss for the S&P 500. Wall Street was beset by a return of volatility, stemming largely from political drama out of Washington D.C. and a series of...

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

U.S. stocks ended with small gains last Friday, slightly paring a three-day slide to finish a volatile week lower amid North Korean threatened missile attacks and reprisal warnings by President Trump. However, Friday’s return to...

 

Monday, August 7, 2017

U.S. stocks advanced on Friday following a stronger-than-expected July payrolls report with non-farm jobs up 209,000 last month, topping economists’ consensus forecast by 29,000. The U.S. dollar strengthened as wage growth rose 0...

 

Monday, July 31, 2017

U.S. stocks ended mostly lower Friday, as an outsized earnings miss by a leading online retailer rattled global investors, offsetting optimism from an in-line second quarter GDP report. Only the Dow Industrials ended positive on Friday...

 

Monday, July 24, 2017

The S&P 500 ended lower on Friday, closing within two points of its all-time high set last Wednesday, as Wall Street investors turned cautious over mixed earnings data and a shake-up in the White House Communications staff. While still...

 

Monday, July 10, 2017

U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, rebounding from Thursday’s biggest selloff since May as Wall Street cheered a solid June payrolls report. Labor Department officials said the economy added 222,000 new jobs last month, topping...

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The S&P 500 and Dow Industrials edged higher last Friday, but pared intra-day gains during the final few minutes of trade as investors locked in profits for the month and second quarter. The S&P 500 was unable to extend back-to-back...

 

Monday, June 26, 2017

U.S. stocks extended gains into a second week amid a rebound in technology stocks and a rally in biotech which, together, more than offset a slump in telecom and energy companies. After tech companies within the S&P 500 posted a 3.8%...

 

Monday, June 19, 2017

U.S. stocks ended little changed on Friday and for the week as investors were mostly relieved that a selloff in technology during the week had not spread to become a broader market pullback. The S&P 500 gained under two-points last...

 

Monday, June 12, 2017

U.S. stocks ended mostly lower on Friday and for the week, as investors sold a key group of highly-appreciated NASDAQ technology shares after a Goldman Sachs report warned that low volatility momentum in the group may have blinded...

 

Monday, June 5, 2017

U.S. stocks rallied Friday, finishing a holiday-shortened trading week with all three major domestic equity indices reaching new all-time highs on June 1 and 2. Yet the U.S. dollar weakened and Treasury securities advanced along with...

 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

U.S. stocks edged mostly higher last Friday, with less than a point gain on the S&P 500. But that was enough for the benchmark index to register its seventh consecutive daily gain and finish at a fresh record high, posting its...

 

Monday, May 22, 2017

U.S. stocks ended a volatile week little changed, with most global equity markets stabilizing after being rocked by dual political debacles this week in Washington and Brazil. After falling 1.8% on Wednesday, the S&P 500 pared...

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

U.S. stocks slipped lower Friday, causing the S&P 500 to end the week with its first back-to-back decline in almost a month and snapped a three-week stretch of gains. Investor sentiment edged lower after consumer prices rebounded last...

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

U.S. stocks climbed to a new all-time high last Friday, topping its prior record from March 1st by three points, as energy producers rallied and oil prices rebounded after a three-week slide. April non-farm payroll data on Friday was...

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

U.S. stocks ended slightly lower on Friday, paring gains for the week as disappointing economic growth data overshadowed strong earnings from several leading technology companies. The Commerce Department reported that the economy...

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

U.S. stocks finished lower on Friday, paring gains for the week as investors turned cautious ahead of Sunday’s French presidential election. Equities ended two weeks of declines and closed Friday above the lows of the day after...

 

Monday, April 17, 2017

U.S. stocks retreated for a third day last Thursday, ending a holiday-shortened trading week lower as geopolitical risks escalated for a second straight week. Following last week’s U.S. cruise missile strike against a Syrian air...

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

U.S. stocks flipped between small daily gains and losses before ending the week fractionally lower as markets proved resilient amid rising geopolitical tensions. Bond prices advanced for a fourth week and gold and oil futures rallied...

 

Monday, April 3, 2017

U.S. stocks ended lower on Friday, as the S&P 500 erased a gain during the session’s final ½-hour. The broad market’s move repeated a pattern that has been in place for over a month in which a week’s final hour...

 

Monday, March 27, 2017

The S&P 500 and Dow Industrials closed Friday with small losses while the NASDAQ Composite eked out a gain after House Republicans, fearing insufficient numbers to pass a healthcare replacement plan, withdrew their legislation shortly...

 

Monday, March 20, 2017

All three major domestic averages finished the week with fractional gains, returning to a seven week upward trend with just one interruption during the week ending March 10th. Last week’s gain was due, in most part, to Wall...

 

Monday, March 13, 2017

U.S. equity averages posted their first weekly loss in the past seven weeks as gains on Thursday and Friday failed to overcome the effects of the worst pullback in oil prices since November. Crude oil prices slumped 9.1% last week to...

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

U.S. stocks posted modest gains on Friday, resulting in a sixth weekly advance. The bulk of equity gains came on Wednesday, following President Trump’s well-received Tuesday evening address to a joint session of Congress. While...

 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Equities staged a late day rally during Friday’s final 30 minutes of trade, more than fully erasing earlier losses in the session. Investors remain hopeful that President Trump’s first address before a joint session of...

 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Stocks rose to new record highs last Friday, capping the benchmark S&P 500’s fourth weekly advance, the longest stretch of gains since July. Investor sentiment got a boost following a pledge from President Trump that his tax...

 

Monday, February 13, 2017

U.S. stocks advanced for a third straight week, with all three major domestic equity indices finishing the week at all-time highs. Investors’ bullish appetites were sparked after President Trump announced that he will be...

 

Monday, February 6, 2017

U.S. stocks finished solidly higher Friday, with a rally in financials pushing most domestic equity indices to a small weekly gain. Investor optimism was renewed after President Trump signed executive orders to delay the April...

 

Monday, January 30, 2017

U.S. stocks finished little changed near all-time highs on Friday, as Wall Street bemoaned a slower pace of economic growth during the final quarter of 2016. The gross domestic product (GDP) growth rose at a 1.9% annualized pace during...

 

Monday, January 23, 2017

U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday, retracing most intra-day gyrations associated with Donald Trump’s presidential Inauguration Day speech, which many investors noted as overly protectionist. Yet Trump’s first speech as...

 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Most stocks advanced on Friday, with the S&P 500 paring a modest weekly decline, while the NASDAQ Composite posted a near 1% gain last week, finishing at a fresh record high. Investor confidence in the economy was bolstered by...

 

Monday, January 9, 2017

The S&P 500 extended gains on Friday, closing at a fresh all-time high after investors welcomed a December payrolls report that featured a 2.9% year-over-year gain in wages, the strongest 12-month increase since 2013. Meanwhile, the...

 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The S&P 500 ended a solid year with a third weekly loss in the past five, trimming its 2016 total return to 11.96%, its strongest annual performance in two years. Also inclusive of dividends, the Dow Industrials surged 16.50% in 2016,...

 

Monday, December 19, 2016

U.S. stocks slipped on Friday on concerns regarding China’s navy seizing a U.S. underwater drone in international waters in the South China Sea. Equities ended the week narrowly mixed with the Dow Industrials climbing within 0.5%...

 

Monday, December 12, 2016

U.S. stocks rose for a second week with the S&P 500 extending its rally into a sixth day, its longest daily winning streak since June 2014, as the post-election rally continues to expand. Bank shares are continuing to outperform,...

 

Monday, December 5, 2016

U.S. stocks ended lower last week, snapping three straight weekly gains, as a surge in oil and energy producers was insufficient to offset weakness in Technology and uncertainty about Sunday’s referendum vote in Italy. Energy...

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

U.S. stocks rose for a third straight week, and for the first time since 1999 all four major benchmark indices, including the Russell 2000, simultaneously reached new all-time highs. Strong economic data and the prospects of tax cuts...

 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

U.S. stocks rose for a second week, extending the rally resulting from Donald Trump's surprise election as investors speculate the president-elect’s developing policies will encourage faster-paced growth. The S&P 500 has added...

 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Some materials are chosen by the Cetera Investment Management team and summarized by Jason Vitucci who is not affiliated or registered with Cetera. Cetera Investment Management provides investment management and...

 

Monday, October 31, 2016

U.S. stocks ended lower four out of the five trading session last week, culminating in Friday’s reversal after the FBI was rumored to be reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of an unauthorized email server...

 

Monday, October 24, 2016

U.S. stocks gained fractionally last week, despite challenges from mixed corporate earnings reports and soft economic data. Of the 116 S&P 500 companies that have so far reported third quarter results, per share profits have grown by 3...

 

Monday, October 17, 2016

U.S. stocks gained fractionally on Friday, but not enough to finish positive last week as investors remain cautious about interest rates and hopeful on corporate earnings. Earlier in the week, Wall Street saw the 10-year Treasury...

 

Monday, October 10, 2016

U.S. stocks slipped on Friday, adding to the S&P 500’s first weekly decline in the past four weeks as nervousness about September’s payrolls report culminated in the smallest monthly jobs gains since May. The economy added...

 

Monday, October 3, 2016

U.S. stocks rebounded on Friday, recovering most of Thursday’s near 1% decline. The reason? Beleaguered Deutsche Bank AG is reportedly poised to settle the U.S. Department of Justice claim for $5.4B, less than half of their...

 

Monday, September 26, 2016

U.S. stocks finished moderately lower on Friday, as investors were put off by a sharp decline in oil; yet following three days of gains, the S&P 500 posted its strongest weekly gain in two months. Oil prices fell nearly 4% on Friday...

 

Monday, September 19, 2016

U.S. equities closed lower Friday, but preserved gains for the week, as oil prices dropped and investors worried about upcoming central bank policy meetings. Oil prices fell on the combination of a stronger US dollar and an expected...

 

Monday, September 12, 2016

U.S. stocks slumped on Friday, falling the most since the U.K. voted to leave the EU, as a two-day bond market rout sent government debt yields to their highest levels since late June. German 10-year bond yields rose above zero for the...

 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Stocks advanced on Friday, with a lackluster August payrolls report signaling reduced odds for a September rate hike, but still adequate to preserve investor optimism for a growing economy. The Labor Department said employers added 151...

 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

U.S. stocks mostly stalled near record highs last week amid signs that investors are losing patience awaiting a rebound in corporate profits. After digesting second quarter results, Wall Street analysts now forecast that S&P 500...

 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

U.S. stocks edged lower on Friday after an unexpected stall-out on last month’s retail sales, but the S&P 500 eked out its sixth weekly gain in the past seven weeks. The NASDAQ Composite finished at a new all-time high for a...

 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

U.S. stocks surged last Friday as strong July jobs data, the second consecutive payrolls report that widely exceeded economists’ forecasts, eased concerns that economic growth is slowing. Employers added 255,000 jobs last month,...

 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Despite ending Friday within two points of its 2,175.03 historical high, the S&P 500 posted a small loss last week, snapping four consecutive weekly gains. The benchmark equity index advanced 3.69% in July, its fifth monthly gain, and...

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Equities sold off globally last Friday, giving back most of the gains of the prior week, on news that the U.K. referendum on European Union (E.U.) membership ended with a vote to leave the union. The Dow Jones Industrial Average...

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stocks finished lower last Friday, with the S&P 500 in retreat for a fourth day in the past five sessions. The S&P 500 ended with its worst weekly performance since April. Investors grew increasingly concerned about global growth ahead...

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Stocks closed lower on Friday, sending the S&P 500 down the most in three weeks after sharp declines in global bond yields triggered renewed concerns over sustained world growth. Friday's declines more than erased an earlier weekly...

 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

U.S. stocks ended a holiday-shortened four-day trading week essentially where it began. The S&P 500 finished lower on Friday, ending at 2,099.13 versus 2,099.06 a week earlier, after a disappointing May payrolls report showed the...

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

U.S. stocks rose last Friday, sending the S&P 500 to a five-week high and its strongest weekly gain since March 4th. Equities recovered from a Friday dip sparked by a speech from Fed Chair Janet Yellen signaling a rate hike may be...

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Dow Industrials and S&P 500 declined Friday, extending losses into a third week, their longest losing streak since January. Investors were primarily put off by weak first quarter earnings announcements within retail, particularly...

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Stocks extended declines into a second week on continued signs of slowing global growth. Predominately negative economic data weighed on investor sentiment last week, culminating in Friday's weak payrolls report. The U.S. economy added...

 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The largest two-day loss in nearly three months sealed the S&P 500 with a second weekly decline and capped the index with its weakest April performance since 2012, up just 0.39%. Stocks broadly declined Friday, hurt by continued US...

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

U.S. equity markets ended mixed on Friday, as disappointing earnings from technology and internet companies drove the NASDAQ 100 Index to its largest weekly decline since February 5th. While earnings for S&P 500 companies are so far...

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

U.S. stocks slipped lower on Friday, but this did little to reduce strong gains for the week. Equities rallied as the first quarter earnings season moved into high gear, with investors relieved that banks reduced expenses enough to...

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

The S&P 500 advanced last week, completing its sixth weekly gain in the past seven weeks and finishing at its highest closing level of the year. The week was defined by a market-friendly speech delivered by Federal Reserve Chair Janet...

 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Stocks finished lower during the Good Friday holiday-shortened week, with the S&P 500 breaking its five-week winning streak after previously recovering all of its 2016 losses. Investors' appetites began to fade after several Federal...

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Stocks advanced on Friday, pushing all three major U.S. equity indices to a fifth straight weekly gain, their longest stretch of gains in five months. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 each completed one of the largest...

 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The S&P 500 rose 0.33% on Friday, capping the first four-day gain since last October, after February's non-farm payrolls exceeded forecasts and the Energy Department said domestic crude oil production is trending lower. The U.S. added...

 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

U.S. stocks slipped on Friday, slightly trimming a second straight weekly gain, after a pickup on the Fed's preferred measure of inflation overshadowed a surprise upward revision on fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth....

 

Friday, February 26, 2016

How the Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2015 Created 3 Classes of Social Security Beneficiaries for Couples Claiming Strategies Let's face it, retirement planning is difficult. There are so many different pieces of the puzzle, and each one...

 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

U.S. equity markets concluded the holiday-shortened week sharply higher as investors embraced signs that the market may be stabilizing. Data from Bloomberg showed that thirty-day correlations between the S&P 500 and ten other asset...

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

U.S. stocks slumped last week, snapping two weeks of gains, as a mixed January jobs report and disappointing earnings sent consumer and technology shares sharply lower. The NASDAQ Composite Index finished at its lowest level since...

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The S&P 500 surged 2.5% last Friday, its best one-day gain in more than four months, as investors cheered Japan's surprise new stimulus measure and better-than-forecast manufacturing data in the Chicago area. The Bank of Japan said it...

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 25, 2016 U.S. stocks surged on Friday, capping the S&P 500 with its best two-day rally in three months on speculation that central banks in Europe and China may expand stimulus measures to support their respective economies....

 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Understanding your Retirement Spending—Yet another reason the 15 minute retirement plan fails. I am continually amazed at the amount of “generic” financial advice that is available to the average surfer of the internet. While some...

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Clearly, the markets have seen a rocky start to 2016. With most major equity indices firmly in the negative, investor anxiety is at levels not seen in some time. In this environment, it is very easy to forget the market positives that...

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Week of January 11, 2016 Optimism over Friday's better-than-forecast jobs report gave way to anxiety over sliding oil prices, global growth concerns and the timing of future Federal Reserve rate increases. The S&P 500 fell 1.08% on...

 

Monday, October 5, 2015

U.S. equities bounced back twice last week after the S&P 500 had approached its August 25th low of 1,867. The benchmark index had fallen as much as 2.6% last Monday after Glencore Plc, one of the world's largest commodities export firm...

 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

U.S. stocks finished at session highs on Friday, pushing the S&P 500 higher for a second day, to cap its best week since July 17th. Equity markets ended a volatile week, with wide swings, as investors wrestle with uncertainty ahead of...

 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

U.S. stocks ended sharply lower last week due to continuing concerns over China's slowing economy and uncertainty with the Federal Reserve as to when it will begin raising interest rates. Volatility was again the watchword for Wall...

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

After the S&P 500 sank 5.7% the week prior, this past week's tumultuous trading experience ended favorably higher. Triggered by an 8.5% overnight plunge on China's Shanghai Composite, U.S. stocks plunged on Monday, with the Dow...

 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Last week, equity markets posted their worst week since September 2011. Concerns about the slowdown in Chinese growth and uncertainty surrounding the Federal Open Market Committee’s upcoming potential rate move brought out the bears....