Market Commentary

Are Index Funds Distorting Prices?

Over the last several years, index funds have received increased attention from investors and the financial media. Some have even made claims that the increased usage of index funds may be distorting market prices. Continue reading

April 5, 2019 Weekly Market Recap

The stock market rally carried over into the second quarter, with the S&P 500 gaining 2.1% this week, extending its winning streak to seven straight sessions and setting a new closing high for the year. Investor sentiment was boosted by positive manufacturing data, progressing U.S.-China trade talks, and a Goldilocks Employment Situation Report for March. Continue reading

On to the Second Quarter

The stock market has rebounded significantly in 2019 despite on-going economic and political uncertainty. As always, as we begin Q2 it’s important for long-term investors to stay disciplined and maintain perspective. Continue reading

An Inverted Yield Curve

Last week, the Fed announced that it will pause its policy of interest rate hikes and end its balance sheet reductions. This reversal in policy was fully expected by the market, which is also anticipating rate cuts beginning in 2020. Even though the market saw this coming, there were significant moves in interest rates and the stock market. Continue reading

Should You “Take a Flyer” on Boeing Stock?

We’ve received a handful of phone calls from clients asking if they should purchase some Boeing stock in the wake of the recent grounding of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The stock price declined nearly 12% over a two-day period from Monday, March 11th through Tuesday, March 12th, falling from $422.54/share to $375.41/share. Continue reading

March 22, 2019 Weekly Market Recap

It definitely got ugly on Friday. The S&P 500 lost 0.8% this week in a tale of two trading narratives. The first narrative lifted the S&P 500 to a new 2019 high on the notion that low U.S. Treasury yields and a dovish Fed were a boon for risk assets. Continue reading

Why Are Rates Still Low?

Interest rates have been a conundrum for investors, economists and policymakers over the past ten years. Despite steady U.S. economic growth and an unemployment rate near historic lows, long-term interest rates have remained anchored. Continue reading

March 15, 2019 Weekly Market Recap

The S&P 500 gained 2.9% this week, supported by a sidelined Federal Reserve, persistently low U.S. Treasury yields, and a weakening dollar. In addition, key leadership from Apple (AAPL) and semiconductor stocks helped the S&P 500 set a new high for 2019 and closed at its highest level since Oct. 10. Continue reading

“The Point” of Major Stock Indices

A quick online search for “Dow rallies 500 points” yields a cascade of news stories with similar titles, as does a similar search for “Dow drops 500 points.” Continue reading

March 8, 2019 Weekly Market Recap

The S&P 500 lost 2.2% this week, as concerns about global growth underpinned a risk-off mindset. With a confluence of discouraging data, news, and technical drivers, the market succumbed to profit-taking interest after its strong start to the year. Continue reading