New Year Starts with Record Highs

Weekly Update – January 9, 2017 The first trading week of 2017 is over, and during this time, all three major domestic indexes hit record highs. The DOW reached 19,999.63 in intra-day trading on Friday, January 6 —just 0.37 away from achieving 20,000 for the first time. On the same day, the S&P 500 and [...]

January 9th, 2017|

17 Financial Resolutions for 2017

With the start of the new year, now is the time to start thinking about how you’ll make 2017 fulfilling and fruitful for you and your loved ones. For more than 4,000 years, many people have celebrated the start of their new year by making promises to change their behavior or improve themselves. And it’s [...]

January 5th, 2017|

Understanding the Election and Market Surprises

As the end of 2016 grows closer, we have to say that this has certainly been an eventful year. A long presidential election campaign left many Americans feeling bruised and more divided than ever. And many people were surprised when Donald Trump emerged as the victor. Similar to Brexit’s unexpected win in June, election polling [...]

December 12th, 2016|

S&P 500 Closes at Another New Record

Weekly Update – July 25, 2016 Stocks ended a fourth straight week of gains, sending the S&P 500 index to another record high. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.61%, the Dow grew 0.29%, the NASDAQ added 1.40%, and the MSCI EAFE closed flat. Second-quarter earnings season is in full swing, and the picture [...]

July 25th, 2016|

Weekly Market Recap – November 15, 2013

It was a relatively quiet week on the U.S. data front, with the only notable releases being September international trade and the wholesale inventory report. International trade surprised to the downside – with the trade deficit widening to $41.8 billion – while inventories posted a sizeable monthly gain of 0.4%. Weaker third quarter economic growth [...]

November 15th, 2013|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 03-23-12

This past week saw weakness in stocks mostly driven by realizations that both the European economy and Chinese economy are both slowing down. The embarrassing story of the week was the attempt to take BATS Global Markets (headquarters in Lenexa, KS) into an initial public offering (IPO). BATS, which stands for Better Alternative Trading System, [...]

March 26th, 2012|

Top 3 Investment Myths

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 [...]

February 10th, 2012|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 01-20-12

This past week was kicked-off on Tuesday with news that China's economy is slowing.  Normally, news that China's high-growth economy is slowing would precipitate a sell-off in stocks.  But, this past week the slowdown news also came with suspicion that a China slowdown would usher in more intervention to stimulate the Chinese economy.  Intervention, stimulus, [...]

January 23rd, 2012|

Market Commentary: Week Ending 01-06-12

The markets put in a quiet first week of the year.  There was not very much in the way of big news this past week other than continued bank problems in Europe and saber rattling from Iran.  Granted both of these are concerns to the global economy, but not new headlines. One of T. Rowe [...]

January 9th, 2012|

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|