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Weekly Market Commentary – August 19, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – August 19, 2019

Volatility continued to rise last week as the markets swung sharply in both directions. Markets moved more than 1% on four days. The most impactful event was the two-year yield temporarily rising above the 10-year yield, a move that has coincided with the last seven recessions.

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Weekly Market Commentary – August 12, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – August 12, 2019

Like some employees, the stock market had a great week, if you don’t count Monday. After falling nearly 3% on Monday, the market steadied as the back-and-forth between China and the U.S. calmed.

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Weekly Market Commentary May 13, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary May 13, 2019

The S&P 500 dropped 2.1% last week as optimism that the U.S. and China will reach a trade deal was beaten down by additional tariffs and accusations of backing away from agreed-on compromises. The global MSCI ACWI slid 2.5%.

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Weekly Market Commentary May 6, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary May 6, 2019

The news in the last seven days has challenged the hopes and assumptions of some investors. Many hoped the Federal Reserve would signal an interest rate cut this year to combat weak inflation reports. The Fed signaled a cut is unlikely if growth remains decent in the press conference following the meeting.

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Weekly Market Commentary April 29, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary April 29, 2019

The S&P 500 climbed 1.2% last week, and the index rallied to an all-time high even when dividends are excluded. Continued optimism the U.S. and China will reach a new trade deal and solid earnings helped support the move to new highs.

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Weekly Market Commentary April 22, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary April 22, 2019

It was a quiet week for investors, as none of the three major indexes we track moved significantly. The S&P 500 eased 0.1% lower during the holiday-shortened trading week.

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Weekly Market Commentary April 8, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary April 8, 2019

The S&P 500 soared 2.1% last week. Better-than-expected economic data from the U.S. and China reduced the risk of a global recession. The global MSCI ACWI gained 2.1% as the rally was broad-based. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.3% as interest rates rose on the positive economic news. Bond prices move in the opposite direction as interest rates.

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Weekly Market Commentary April 1, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary April 1, 2019

The S&P 500 rallied 1.2% last week as optimism about U.S.-China trade talks buoyed markets. The global MSCI ACWI gained 0.6%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index climbed 0.3%.

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Weekly Market Commentary December 24, 2018

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Weekly Market Commentary December 24, 2018

Stock markets continued to decline last week in response to the Fed’s modest shift in its interest rate outlook. The core issues of slowing growth, how the Fed will respond, U.S. and China trade, and Brexit have introduced a high level of uncertainty in the markets.

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Weekly Market Commentary October 29, 2018

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Weekly Market Commentary October 29, 2018

The S&P 500 briefly declined more than 10% from its high, set on September 21, 2018, before rallying slightly. The “correction” has come during a period of economic strength and healthy profit margins. A number of other major indexes are now in a “correction,” as they have declined more than 10%.

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