Why We’re Still Bullish on Gold

This past week has been a good reminder of how volatile precious metals can be.  For that very reason, I choose not to buy and sell based on the 200-day EMA like I do with equity investments.  When the precious metals market rebounds, it can shoot up just as quickly as it came down, making [...]

April 17th, 2013|

Market Commentary: May 2012

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 [...]

May 2nd, 2012|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 02-24-12

Global markets put in a mild week.  The news of the week was gas prices.  If you have not filled up lately, you’re in for a shocker.   This week also saw the beginning of our fearless leaders already blaming those darn speculators for driving up the cost of black gold. higher upon hearing I [...]

February 27th, 2012|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 02-17-12

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 [...]

February 20th, 2012|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 02-03-12

The Global stock markets fared well for the week and were finished off with a non-farms payroll report on Friday that was, frankly, unbelievable – literally, unbelievable. Many economists do not rely too much on the Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS) data for a plethora of reasons such as: BLS is a government entity and [...]

February 6th, 2012|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 01-27-12

The big news this past week was the Fed’s statement on Wednesday that they would maintain “exceptionally low rates through at least late 2014.” In layman’s terms, this means the Fed will be printing money to purchase treasury bonds to keep interest rates down.  Keep in mind that interest rates are not supposed to be [...]

February 3rd, 2012|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 01-13-12

While the markets were up for the week, we saw the return of Europe in the crosshairs of the rating agencies as many countries received downgrades after the markets closed Friday.  Of equally high concern is the rapidly deteriorating situation with Iran.  It appears that something bad is brewing there.  Consider that a second aircraft [...]

January 18th, 2012|

Current Environment – CWM Investment Outlook for 2012

I have my suspicions that the New Year is going to bring some interesting dynamics to the stock market.  I’ve attempted to address the Current Environment that we are in by discussing where we’ve been historically, why I continue to maintain a large cash position in my clients’ portfolios, and where I think we’re headed [...]

January 8th, 2012|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 11-04-11

What makes the money world go around? Confidence and trust makes the money world go around.  The market tension, and eventual rout in 2007-2008, had very much to do with a breakdown in confidence and trust.  The global banking system is dependent upon banks working with one another.  This cooperation between banks is one way [...]

November 7th, 2011|

Market Commentary: 10-14-2011

We saw a major jump in the markets this past week.  The two big stories were the start of earnings season, and Europe.  In earnings news, Alcoa and JP Morgan Chase both disappointed.  However, Google reported far better-than-expected as a result of increasing demand for its search engine platform.  Stocks also rose on positive news [...]

October 15th, 2011|