How Much Will Hurricane Matthew Cost?

2016-10-17T15:11:46+00:00October 17, 2016|Market Commentary|

Though stocks rose Friday after statements from Federal Reserve officials, the major indexes ended the week lower amid choppy trading. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.96%, the Dow fell 0.56%, the NASDAQ dropped 1.48% and the MSCI EAFE declined 1.40%. Counting the Cost of Hurricanes Whenever disaster strikes, people often wonder: What’s all this going to cost? Though the human toll of injury and death may be incalculable, experts have gotten pretty good [...]

Market Commentary: August 2012

2012-08-08T17:10:35+00:00August 8, 2012|Market Commentary|

The month of July started with global economic indicators continuing to weaken, and the markets still looking for another shot of economic stimulus from the Fed.  The early part of the holiday-shortened 1st week of the month was met with very low trading volume while the market gravitated higher in the face of a poor Institute of Supply Management (ISM) manufacturing report. After the July 4th holiday, news broke that the European Central Bank lowered [...]

Investment Strategy Video

2012-08-08T16:13:37+00:00August 8, 2012|Blog, Investments|

[embedplusvideo height="344" width="560" standard="" vars="ytid=P7Y8HchniH4&width=450&height=281&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&react=0&chapters=&notes=" id="ep2313" /] John discusses how our unique, time-tested, research-based investment strategy can benefit you.  To learn more about our strategy, click here.  Call us today at 913.402.6099 to schedule your free consultation.

Market Commentary: July 2012

2012-07-08T19:27:51+00:00July 8, 2012|Market Commentary|

This past month the Dow experienced its best June gain since 1997, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq had their best June since 1999 and 2000, respectively.  Did it seem like a strong economic month to you?  Probably not since the underlying global economic fundamentals are still weak, and continue to weaken.  However, the weakening data is paving the way for more bailouts and money printing which would likely be a short-term positive for stocks. [...]

Monthly Market Update: June 2012

2012-06-11T16:40:01+00:00June 11, 2012|Market Commentary|

There’s a popular stock market adage that says “Sell in May and go away,” due to the belief that the months of November-April have significantly stronger growth on average than the months of May-October.  This May sure didn’t do anything to disprove that theory.  The past month was arguably the worst the markets have seen in two years with losses over 6%. May started with a disappointing non-farm payrolls report to cap the first week [...]

Market Commentary: May 2012

2012-05-02T23:26:43+00:00May 2, 2012|Market Commentary|

Despite a strong last week to the month, April marked the first loss for the S&P 500 since last November. The S&P 500 lost 0.75%, though it was down as much as 4% earlier in the month.  Recent economic data suggests that the U.S. economy may be slowing, and Spain has officially entered a recession as the troubles in Europe continue.  Defensive sectors were the top performers in April. The utilities sector (XLU) rose more [...]

Market Commentary: Week Ending 03-30-12

2012-04-02T19:42:01+00:00April 2, 2012|Market Commentary|

This will be CWM’s last weekly market commentary as we are changing our communication strategy.  Going forward, we will be sending a monthly market commentary, as well as a quarterly financial planning newsletter.  For all of our clients that have questions or concerns about the markets, feel free to give us a call or send an email; you don’t need to wait for the monthly market commentary to have your questions answered or to know [...]

Market Commentary: Week Ending 03-02-12

2012-03-05T21:45:44+00:00March 5, 2012|Market Commentary|

For the most part, global markets posted very modest gains for the week. Yet again, the big market driving news of the week came from a central bank. This week it was the European Central Bank (ECB) and their most recent lifeline to the banks in Europe. On Wednesday we awoke to the news that Europe opened a second tranche of its Long-Term Refinancing Operation (LTRO) to European banks. Simplistically, the LTRO is an offer [...]

Market Commentary: Week Ending 02-17-12

2012-02-20T18:37:35+00:00February 20, 2012|Market Commentary|

Global markets were jostled around and settle into gains for the week. The driver this past week was the same as it has been in the past few weeks, and that is the ongoing hope/rumors that Europe is getting its arms around the most immediate problem child - Greece. Recall that not too many days ago it appeared that all the ills in Europe had been pushed down that road with the Greek politicians’ approval [...]

Top 3 Investment Myths

2012-02-10T13:00:41+00:00February 10, 2012|Blog, Investments|

When talking to potential clients about my investment strategy, it’s common to hear a lot of the same arguments for the ‘buy and hold’ strategy that their current investment advisor is utilizing.  Below are the top 3 “investment myths” I hear the big investment advisory firms telling their clients: 1.  Your portfolio will be just fine as long as you sit tight and ride it out.  Historically, the markets have had more positive years than [...]

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