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  • Are We There Yet?

    May 3, 2018

    Within the capital markets, the month of April was nothing short of busy. The major equity markets oscillated as investors were barraged with a deluge of corporate earnings releases. Of the half of S&P 500 companies that reported Q1 earnings through the end of April, 80% saw earnings earnings-per-share (EPS) numbers come in above analyst estimates – the highest rate in 20 years.

  • Trade Wars and Tech

    April 3, 2018

    The second quarter has gotten under way with equity investors decidely playing the defensive. As of Monday morning, selling pressure across the board is being observed in reaction to retaliatory tariffs from China and the recent decline is continuing in tech shares that have led the markets over the last year.

  • Fickle Financial Markets

    March 1, 2018

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits recently registered the lowest level since December of 1969. Employee wage growth is finally starting to pick up some steam after stagnating for years. Corporate America is in the early innings of a favorable new tax environment that should save them countless dollars. At surface level, the fair assumption is that these are all good things… but does the stock market always react favorably to what most view as inherently good news?

  • What a Week

    February 9, 2018

    The long wait for an uptick in volatility came to a close this week with the major U.S. stock market benchmarks entering the first technical correction since early 2016. Most investors we’ve talked to this week have had one fundamental concern around the recent market activity - “Is this a signal of a larger downtrend?” We don’t believe so.

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