Midterm Elections

Is it Really The Death of Equities?

David B. Armstrong, CFA Weekly Market Commentary

For some reason the markets just do not seem to care much about headlines – President Trump ending ACA cost-sharing payments…U.S. maybe leaving NAFTA…ending the Iran nuclear agreement…Rocket Man…the tax reform debate raging on. But the S&P 500 just made it a 5th positive week on some earnings optimism. So yes, it’s earnings season again, but the peak period for …

It's not a bubble

Why This Market is Not a Bubble

David B. Armstrong, CFA Weekly Market Commentary

Last week’s trading was pretty volatile. One needs to look no further than Thursday’s broad sell-off followed by Friday’s rebound which left the major domestic indexes slightly higher for the week. On the economic front, the ISM Manufacturing and Services data came in very strong last month (more later). The June jobs report indicated economic strength with nonfarm payrolls climbing …

Comey Leak

Summer, Summer, Summertime

David B. Armstrong, CFA Weekly Market Commentary

Last week saw a big drop for tech, which dragged the Nasdaq down 1.8%…its third worst day of the year, and worst week year-to-date (-1.5%). What made this big drop so distinctive? It came the day after setting a new all-time high. Other than a 2.6% drop in May, (yes, the year is almost half over…) you have to go …

Pick the Perfect Bracket

Investing Lessons and March Madness

David B. Armstrong, CFA Weekly Market Commentary

Oh boy…March Madness. It started last week and it’s what everyone seems to be talking about at work. Most people feel great on “Selection Sunday”, which is when the NCAA selection committee announces “The Bracket”. The bracket is the group of 64 teams (okay, I know it’s technically 68, but I’m asking for some artistic license for the sake of …

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Economic Review Video: First Quarter, 2016

Brittany Dewberry Weekly Market Commentary

Hi everyone, thanks for tuning in to hear our thoughts on the current U.S. economy.  In our July, 2015 and January, 2016 videos, I spent some time discussing how the recovery still has room to run.  This video will give you a detailed look into how the economy has evolved since then. Important Disclosure Information for “Economic Review Video: First Quarter, 2016” …