Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged AGAIN and Stocks Bump Higher

The widely anticipated Federal Reserve (“Fed”) meeting ended last Wednesday with the non-earth shattering news that rates would be left unchanged again by the Fed. Stocks rallied around the world in response, which was somewhat surprising given that the probability for a rate hike was quite low. ... Read More

Volatility Continues as Stocks Register Minor Gains

Day-to-day volatility continued last week with the S&P 500 Index gaining or losing more than 1.0% on three of five trading days. Investors had a wide variety of economic data to digest including an inflation measure, Industrial Production, and Retail Sales while also considering comments from Federal Reserve Bank Presidents and Governors in advance of this week’s much anticipated Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. ... Read More

The Return of Market Volatility

After 43 trading days without a change in value of greater than 1.0%, the S&P 500 Index dropped 2.5% on Friday, reminding investors that prices can move quickly and without much warning. After the close on Friday, the market had lost 2.4% for the week - the worst 5 day performance for U.S. stocks since February. ... Read More

A Bumpy Start and Quiet End to the Summer of 2016

U.S. Stocks churned last week again trading minor daily gains with losses but ultimately finished the week higher by 0.6% following a weaker than expected Employment Report that prompted some to believe a September rate hike is now off the table. International stocks posted mixed results with the MSCI EAFE Index, which measures international developed markets, gaining 0.5% while the MSCI EM Index, which measures international emerging markets, fell 0.1%. ... Read More