Market Commentary: Week Ending 12-02-11

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving, and that you have finally recovered from all the food!  I’m sending this week’s market commentary from sunny Orlando.  I was asked by the CFP Board to serve as a Subject Matter Expert to assist in determining the cut score for the upcoming CFP exam in [...]

December 6th, 2011|

Market Commentary: 10-7-2011

Surprisingly, we saw a positive week in the markets, though there was little volume.  The returns were surprising because of all the continued bad news coming out of Europe.  Belgium’s biggest bank, Dexia, is going to be bailed out and partly nationalized by the French and Belgium governments, Italy and Spain were both downgraded, and [...]

October 10th, 2011|

Market Commentary: 9-23-2011

This past week could not have ended sooner.  The big news of the week was the Fed's announcement of the much anticipated “Operation Twist II.”  The Fed will be selling $400 billion in short-term treasuries and buying the same amount in long-term treasuries.  This left the market sour as investors were looking for more purchasing [...]

September 26th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 9/16/11

This past week the markets rose considerably on rumor, after rumor, after rumor.  It seems investors are dying of thirst for anything that might kick the “European banking/sovereign debt crisis can” down the road further.  It is very hard to imagine that any gains in the market are not going to be very short-term in [...]

September 19th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 9/9/11

This past week was a rocky week that ended in a sharp selloff over Thursday and Friday.  The sharp decline in global stocks was mostly precipitated by the ongoing nightmare that is Europe. One very notable event this past week was the fall of the last safe haven - the Swiss Franc.  The Swiss National [...]

September 12th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 8/26/2011

What an interesting week we had on many fronts- an earthquake and hurricane on the east coast, Buffett bailing out another bank, and Bernanke’s speech.  The first two didn’t have much bearing on those of us in the Midwest, but the effects of the second two remain to be seen as trading opens on Monday.  [...]

August 29th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 7/22/2011

Global markets got a burst of energy this past week from the prospects of relief to the extreme stress in Europe.  It is likely we will see some agreement from our fearful leaders on the debt ceiling debate in the very near future, which will likely be greeted with some short-term market upturn.  I believe any [...]

July 25th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 7/15/2011

It was almost a good week.  The market slid into Wednesday, and then got a pop from the Federal Reserve.  On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was testifying before Congress and indicated that the door on additional stimulus, via bond purchases, was still open.  The stock market briefly took off on this news, but [...]

July 18th, 2011|

Should You Refinance? Low Rates Aren’t Necessarily A Green Light

There is a lot of hype about refinancing your mortgage and you’ll often hear statements like, “Rates have never been lower!”  The truth is, interest rates are low right now (and Ben Bernanke stated in late June that he expects they’ll stay low for a while). However, even when they’re at their lowest, refinancing depends [...]

July 12th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 4/29/2011

Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average +2.43% +10.65% NASDAQ Composite +1.89% +8.32% S&P 500 Index +1.96% +8.43% Russell 2000 +2.32% +10.42% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index +0.66% +0.67% MSCI All Country World +2.47% +8.29% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 4-29-11 The final week of April finished on a high note, making April [...]

May 2nd, 2011|