Weekly Market Update – February 16, 2024

Weekly Market Update – February 16, 2024

Quick Takes Inflation reports surprised investors with higher-than-expected consumer and wholesale prices. As a result, traders are now pricing a March rate cut by the Fed at just an 11% probability, down sharply from the 90% odds coming into the year.   With...
Weekly Market Update – February 16, 2024

Weekly Market Update – February 09, 2024

Quick Takes After starting the week on a down note, the S&P 500 Index rallied for four straight days to cross the 5,000 level for the first time and set a new record high. The index has now risen in 14 of the last 15 weeks, something it hasn’t done since 1972.  ...
Monthly Market Update – January 2024

Monthly Market Update – January 2024

Key Points About Those Rate Cuts At this time last month, traders were betting (via Fed Funds futures trading) that there was an 80% chance the Federal Reserve would cut their short-term discount rate at the March policy meeting. But on February 2, the Labor...
Weekly Market Update – February 16, 2024

Weekly Market Update – February 02, 2024

Quick Takes After starting on a down note in the first week of the year, the S&P 500 Index has now risen for four straight weeks and for 13 of the last 14 weeks. It closed last week up +1.4% at a new record high. However, the gains continue to be dominated by the...
Peek Behind The Curtain

Peek Behind The Curtain

As we kick off 2024, it’s likely going to be another interesting year – elections, geopolitical issues, and investment trends. I’d like to spend the balance of this focusing on the latter, as technology has led the way over the last four months.  There are two...
Weekly Market Update – February 16, 2024

Weekly Market Update – January 26, 2024

Quick Takes After starting on a down note in the first week of the year, U.S. stocks have rallied for three straight weeks, propelling the S&P 500 Index up another +1.0% to yet more all-time highs. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was up +0.9%, and the small cap...
Weekly Market Update – February 16, 2024

Weekly Market Update – January 19, 2024

Quick Takes After starting on a down note in the first week of the year, U.S. stocks rallied for a second straight week, propelling the S&P 500 Index up +1.2% to a new all-time high. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was up +2.3%, but small caps lagged again as the...
Weekly Market Update – February 16, 2024

Weekly Market Update – January 12, 2024

Quick Takes After starting on a down note in the first week of the year, U.S. stocks and bonds rebounded in the second. The S&P 500 Index was up +1.8% while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was up +3.1%. However, small caps lagged, with the Russell 2000 Index...
Monthly Market Update – January 2024

Monthly Market Update – December 2023

Key Points Risk Matters Virtually all asset classes were up for the month, quarter, and year ending Dec. 31, 2023. Yet most are still negative on a two-year basis because of a basic principle that shapes investing: market returns are not symmetrical. It’s not very...
Weekly Market Update – February 16, 2024

Weekly Market Update – January 05, 2024

Quick Takes Stocks and bonds started the new year on a down note. The S&P 500 Index was off -1.5% in the first week of 2024, while the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index fell -1.2%. The losses extended overseas, with the MSCI EAFE Index losing -1.3% and the...