[Infographic] Confusion Amidst Covid-19: Understanding the Difference Between the Stock Market & the Economy

2021-06-07T13:37:52+00:00September 29, 2020|Blog, Investments, Market Commentary|

When we think of our own (and the nation's) financial health, we tend to lump a variety of characteristics together - investments, unemployment levels, the Dow Jones Industrial Average performance, etc. It's important to recognize, however, that these benchmarks are not one in the same - and they do not always indicate the status of one another.   Chladek Wealth Management is a fee-only financial planning and investment management firm, in Overland Park, Kansas, serving [...]

Client Letter: Weathering the Storm

2020-04-05T13:06:01+00:00April 5, 2020|Blog, Market Commentary|

I sent the below letter out last week to my clients. After re-reading it today, I decided to post it here for everyone to read.  In difficult times, America’s greatest strength has come from pulling together – working shoulder to shoulder – to generate the ingenuity, resilience and tenacity that solves problems and creates opportunities. We’ll overcome this crisis, too, I have no doubt. From six feet apart, if necessary. One thing I want you [...]

Markets Start Second-Half Slow

2017-07-10T21:53:10+00:00July 10, 2017|Market Commentary|

Weekly Update — July 10, 2017 As the country celebrated the Fourth of July last week, the markets experienced some volatility, though they finished a bit flat overall. The Dow fell then rose to close the week up 0.30%. The S&P 500 climbed a modest 0.07% for the week, and the NASDAQ finished the week up 0.21%. The MSCI EAFE fell 0.48%. Internationally, European markets posted soft gains on Friday, though emerging markets fell for [...]

Mixed Markets Continue

2017-06-20T11:50:35+00:00June 20, 2017|Market Commentary|

Weekly Update — June 19, 2017 Markets remained mixed last week as the Dow closed at another record high, while the NASDAQ fell and the S&P 500 held steady. By Friday, the Dow gained 0.52%, the NASDAQ fell -0.92%, and the S&P 500 gained a slight 0.05%. Meanwhile, the MSCI EAFE remained virtually unchanged from last week, down only -0.002%. In other markets, oil closed at $44.74 a barrel, down 2.4% on the week—its fourth [...]

Strong and Steady Markets

2017-05-30T15:27:28+00:00May 30, 2017|Market Commentary|

Weekly Update — May 30, 2017 The markets marched ahead last week with the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ reporting all-time records, albeit just slightly above previous highs. The S&P rose 1.43% over last week, while the NASDAQ was up 2.08%. The Dow gained 1.32% and the MSCI EAFE gained 0.14% for the week. Volatility subsided as the CBOE Volatility Index, which gauges fear in the market, fell to 9.8 at the end of the [...]

Volatility Returns to Markets

2017-05-22T19:14:58+00:00May 22, 2017|Market Commentary|

Weekly Update – May 22, 2017 Early last week, both the S&P and NASDAQ recorded all-time highs before tumbling along with the Dow as political concerns rose. By Friday, though, the markets had largely rebounded and steadied. The S&P 500 closed the week down 0.38%, the Dow saw a 0.44% loss, and the NASDAQ reported a 0.61% decline. The MSCI EAFE reported up 0.79% for the week. The CBOE VIX is designed to measure market [...]

Markets Ignore Politics

2017-05-15T14:52:56+00:00May 15, 2017|Market Commentary|

Weekly Update – May 15, 2017 Markets tuned out noise from Washington last week and continued to focus on economic fundamentals. Mildly rebounding retail sales and strong consumer sentiment seem to point toward a modestly stronger second quarter. After a three-week winning streak, both the Dow and S&P 500 reported slight losses. The Dow closed with a 0.53% loss, and the S&P 500 reported a 0.35% decline for the week. The NASDAQ, however, rose 0.34% [...]

Markets Stay Steady

2017-05-08T16:31:44+00:00May 8, 2017|Market Commentary|

Weekly Update – May 8, 2017 Last week, stocks rose but floated within a narrow trading range. By Friday, however, both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ reached record highs. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.63%, the Dow finished up 0.32%, and the NASDAQ rose 0.88%. The MSCI EAFE added 1.7%. Overall, we experienced another week of generally positive, but somewhat mixed, economic signals. Soft auto sales and tumbling oil prices offset increased [...]

Markets Remain Strong and Slow GDP

2017-05-01T14:59:07+00:00May 1, 2017|Market Commentary|

Weekly Update – May 1, 2017 Stocks continued their advance on generally strong earnings reports this week despite the GDP report showing a slow first quarter economy. The S&P 500 rose 1.51%, the Dow gained 1.91%, and the NASDAQ added 2.32%. On Tuesday, the NASDAQ posted record highs as it closed over 6,000 for the first time. Internationally, the MSCI EAFE was up 2.97%. On Friday, April 28, we learned that first quarter GDP increased [...]

Stocks Gain and Questions Remain

2017-04-24T15:33:05+00:00April 24, 2017|Market Commentary|

Weekly Update – April 24, 2017 Domestic stocks posted losses on Friday, April 21, largely due to investor concerns about the French election. Despite these daily losses, U.S. indexes broke their two-week losing streak, with the S&P 500 adding 0.85%, the Dow gaining 0.46%, and the NASDAQ increasing 1.82%. International stocks in the MSCI EAFE grew by 0.18%. What Did We Learn Last Week? The French Election Is Concerning Investors Uncertainty surrounding France’s presidential election [...]

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