Market Commentary

Market Commentary – A Look Back at Q3

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:50+00:00 October 21, 2015|Categories: White Papers|Tags: |

After a correction of almost 10% in late August, the S&P 500 has rebounded and now stands down approximately 1.5% for the year. Fueled by weakening global economies and a strong dollar, the US has and will continue to face significant headwinds in the months ahead. This is despite continued improvement in the domestic economy [...]

Market Commentary: Economic Outlook

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:52+00:00 July 20, 2015|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , |

After achieving a record high in May, the S&P 500 has retreated, but remains up approximately 3% for the year. The retreat was largely fueled by macroeconomic events, including Greece’s continuing debt crisis and the dramatic slowing of China’s economy. Domestic weakness has also cast doubt on the U.S. economy’s short-term prospects. This includes a [...]

Market Commentary: A Slow Start to 2015

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:52+00:00 April 20, 2015|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , |

With Q1 (first quarter) in the books, the S&P 500 is off to a slow start, up approximately 1% for the year. Underperforming previous expectations, a weaker economic environment materialized during the quarter. Like last year, some reasons for this were transitory, such as the brutal cold weather and labor strikes at the west coast [...]

Market Commentary: Accelerating Growth for US Economy

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:54+00:00 January 20, 2015|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , |

Now in the rearview mirror, 2014 was a seminal year for the US economy, offering signs that growth is accelerating for the world’s largest economy. Forecasted to end the year up 2.5% (actual figures not yet reported), the US is coming off a robust third quarter, posting annualized GDP growth of 5%, one of its [...]

Market Commentary: Optimism Despite Recent Volatility

By | 2016-12-06T15:47:54+00:00 October 20, 2014|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , |

Volatility has returned in recent weeks with the S&P 500 giving up much of its 2014 gains. The sell-off was driven by concerns over slowing global growth, particularly in Europe, as well as concerns of an expanding Ebola outbreak, further Middle East instability, and continued tensions in Ukraine. Further exasperating the sell-off was an unexpected [...]

Market Commentary: Optimism for the Months Ahead

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:00+00:00 July 20, 2014|Categories: White Papers|Tags: , |

The S&P 500 is continuing its strong performance in 2014, up 14% from its low set in February. The year started off poorly with GDP declining 2.9% in the first quarter, but this was attributed to the unprecedented cold weather that swept the country this past winter. Early second quarter data showed growth rebounding with [...]

Market Commentary: A Slow Path to Improvement

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:02+00:00 April 22, 2014|Categories: White Papers|Tags: |

A Positive Outlook for the Market Year-to-date, the S&P 500 Index performance has been flat, after rebounding 6.5% off a February low of 1,749. The late January/early February sell-off was driven by a weaker than expected domestic economy, but as data later revealed, this was primarily driven by extreme weather experienced throughout the U.S. and [...]

Market Commentary: Brighter Prospects in 2014

By | 2016-12-06T15:48:03+00:00 January 12, 2014|Categories: White Papers|Tags: |

Economic Improvement in 2013 The S&P 500 had a stunning performance in 2013, posting a 29% gain for the year. While not without drama, many companies saw stable or improved financial performance and many key economic indicators demonstrated continued improvement. As an example, the 2013 GDP growth is forecasted to be 2.3%, after strong third [...]