Third Quarter 2019 – U.S. GDP: Still Standing

Key TakeAways: U.S. economy has been resilient despite challenging headlinesInvestors may have to readjust U.S. GDP growth expectationsAverage 12-month U.S. GDP growth has been slower post-2008 vs. prior two business cyclesSlow growth doesn’t mean ‘broken’ economic growth Apple recently released a new marketing...

Yield Curve Inversion: Clarity Through the Sound Bites

Financial news is buzzing this morning as a result of the 10-year Treasury yield briefly trading below that of the 2-year treasury, a phenomenon, known as ‘inversion’. A sustained inversion is often considered an early warning signal around the strength of the economy...

August 2019 Market Update

The U.S. - China trade dispute has developed into something akin to a bad cold- lingering and remediless.The folks at Statista, a statistics database, put together a great chart illustrating the key dates of tariffs imposed since 2018. We looked at how markets...

Second Quarter 2019 – Market Tug of War

KEY TAKEAWAYS: Financial markets experiencing ‘tug of war’ over path of monetary policyMonetary policy influences many parts of the economy, including stock prices, mortgages and spendingOver the past 18 months, we believe we’ve seen competing monetary policy views play out in real timeThe...

First Quarter 2019 – The Market Pendulum Swings

The Franklin Institute, a science and technology museum in Philadelphia, exhibits a replica four-story Foucault’s Pendulum. This giant pendulum, set in motion every morning, swings methodically throughout the day. Over time, the rhythmic back and forth gradually slows and the pendulum eventually comes...

Market Update – Cautious Optimism

What a stark contrast 2018 has been compared to the impervious market investors enjoyed last year. No matter the news or how high valuations seemed in 2017, markets found a way to move ahead. Frankly, at one point, it seemed stock markets forgot...

A Note About the Market

Last year markets experienced mostly sunny skies, calm seas and had plenty of wind in its sails. As we move further into 2018, many have been reminded that such tranquility doesn’t persist forever and waters, from time to time, do get choppy. When...

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

It’s an unseasonably warm sunny day in mid-November and the frenzy in the air is palpable. With the ring of a bell an onslaught of haggling, trading and price discovery begins, lasting until the final bell concludes the madness. These ‘traders’ walk through...

Nomination for the New Federal Reserve Chairman

Jerome Powell was officially nominated as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, bringing clarity to at least one uncertainty that has hung over financial markets. Below are some key points about the nominee: Powell was first nominated to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors...

Presidential Elections and Stock Returns

Mid-October in the Northeast is often accompanied by colorful panoramic displays of fall foliage, crisp morning air that gives way to warm afternoons and the occasional smell of an evening fire stoking in a hearth. However, every four years the senses are often...

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