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Monthly Economic Update: 3/18/19

The Markets (as of market close March 15, 2019) Tech shares were bullish last week, leading the way for what turned out to be a very strong performance in the market. The tech-heavy Nasdaq outperformed each of the other benchmark indexes listed here, and leads in overall year-to-date performance. Bond yields sank to their lowest…

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Market Month: February 2019

The Markets (as of market close February 28, 2019) Each of the benchmark indexes listed here posted positive monthly gains, led by the Russell 2000, which lapped the field after gaining over 5.0% for the month. The small-cap index is almost 17.0% ahead of its 2018 closing value. Signs that a trade accord with China…

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Monthly Economic Update 2/4/19

The Markets (as of market close February 1, 2019) The benchmark indexes listed here rose for the week, particularly last Wednesday and Thursday. Strong corporate earnings reports, especially in the communication services sector, helped push stock prices higher. However, the biggest boost to the market may have come following the Federal Reserve’s meeting last Wednesday.…

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Monthly Economic Update 1/31/19

The Markets (as of market close January 31, 2019) Investors celebrated a month in which several indexes posted their best January performance in three decades. A strong labor market, low inflation, and a more “patient” Federal Reserve Board all sent encouraging messages to investors who were hungry for good news after last December’s precipitous plunge.…

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Monthly Economic Update 1/22/19

The Markets (as of market close January 18, 2019) Rhetoric that trade tensions between the United States and China may be easing helped quell investors’ concerns, prompting a stock market rally last week. The large caps of the S&P 500 and the Dow led the way, followed by the Nasdaq, the Russell 2000, and the…

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Monthly Economic Update 11/05/18

The Markets (as of market close November 2, 2018) Stocks posted a solid week of returns for the first time in several weeks, pulling all but one of the major benchmark indexes listed here into positive territory for the year to date. A strong labor report helped push stocks higher at the end of last…

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Monthly Economic Update 10/31/18

The Markets (as of market close October 31, 2018) October truly was a scary month as stocks closed the month well below their end-of-September values. The tech-heavy Nasdaq lost over 9.0% by the end of October, while the small caps of the Russell 2000 fared even worse, losing almost 11.0%. The S&P 500 fell close…

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Monthly Economic Update 10/08/18

The Markets (as of market close October 5, 2018) Another tough week on Wall Street as stocks and long-term bond prices fell, pushing yields higher. While each of the benchmark indexes listed here lost value last week, the large caps of the Dow and S&P 500 held up better than the tech stocks of the…

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Quarterly Market Review July-September 2018

The Markets (as of market close September 28, 2018) The third quarter proved to be very strong for domestic stocks. July saw the major benchmark indexes listed here enjoy robust gains, led by the large caps of the Dow and S&P 500. Global stocks also rebounded in July, with the Global Dow surging 3.76% by…

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Monthly Economic Update 09/07/2018

The Markets (as of market close September 7, 2018) Apparently a strong labor report, which included increasing wages, wasn’t enough to quell investors’ fears as stocks plummeted last week. President Trump’s threat to raise tariffs on an additional $267 billion in Chinese imports heightened trade war rhetoric and frightened investors. Each of the benchmark indexes…

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