Market Commentary: Week Ending 12-09-11

Global markets bounced around pretty good last week while waiting to receive the “all clear” signal from Europe that never came.  As has been for weeks now, headlines in Europe are driving the markets; so much so that I’m struggling to come up with something new to say each week!  In light of my writer’s [...]

December 13th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 11-11-11

Markets registered what appeared to be a relatively tame week; Friday saw a melt up in stocks.  I would attribute most of the melt up in stocks to the bond market being closed for Veterans Day.  The last time we had bond markets closed (October 10th), we saw a very similar occurrence of the market [...]

November 14th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 3/11/2011

Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average -1.03% +4.03% NASDAQ Composite -2.48% +2.36% S&P 500 Index -1.28% +3.71% Russell 2000 -2.69% +2.45% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index +0.58% -0.11% MSCI All Country World -2.18% +1.79% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 3-11-11 This past week was bad across the board for global markets.  In [...]

March 14th, 2011|

How to Invest in Emerging Markets Without Investing in Emerging Market Stocks

There are many approaches to gaining exposure to an investment area of interest.  A common, often over-looked or under-utilized approach is through the backdoor.  As an example, people that want to ride the Apple computer company tidal wave could invest in the companies that supply the “guts” of Apple’s products.  Or, investors that want exposure [...]

March 2nd, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 2/11/2011

Global markets held up well this past week in the face of the whirlwind in Egypt, and continued inflationary pressures in China and other emerging markets.

February 14th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 2/4/2011

Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average +2.27% +4.45% NASDAQ Composite +3.07% +4.39% S&P 500 Index +2.71% +4.23% Russell 2000 +3.19% +2.10% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index -1.51% -1.41% MSCI All Country World +2.95% +2.99% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 2-4-11 Global markets rebounded last week in spite of the unrest in Egypt. [...]

February 7th, 2011|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 1/21/2011

  Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average +0.72% +2.54% NASDAQ Composite -2.39% +1.38% S&P 500 Index -0.76% +2.04% Russell 2000 -4.26% -1.34% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index -0.11% -0.13% MSCI All Country World -0.90% +1.13% Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 1-21-11 Global markets softened up a bit this week on news of [...]

January 24th, 2011|

Weekly Market Commentary: Week Ending 1/14/2011

Total Returns % 1 Week YTD Dow Jones Industrial Average +0.96% +1.81% NASDAQ Composite +1.93% +3.86% S&P 500 Index +1.71% +2.83% Russell 2000 +2.51% +3.05% U.S. Aggregate Bond Index +0.21% -0.02% MSCI All Country World +2.42% +2.05% Source: Morningstar, Inc.  Data through 1-14-11 Global markets enjoyed a nice rise this week.  The market drivers for [...]

January 24th, 2011|