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January 02, 2013 | Market Commentary

Market Forces Never a Dull Moment To say it was an “eventful” quarter might be a bit of an understatement. There was the quadrennial Presidential election. The nation, and the world for that matter, became fixated on Washington and the politicking surrounding the “fiscal cliff”. Super-storm …

Library » October 2012 Update

October 03, 2012 | Market Commentary

Market Forces Equity Markets March On A review of the investment landscape during the third quarter yielded a litany of troublesome items. Domestically, the labor markets appeared to stall and profit growth slowed. The oft mentioned “fiscal cliff”, a bevy of tax increases and spending cuts that …

Library » July 2012 Update

July 03, 2012 | Market Commentary

Market Forces Second Quarter Pendulums and Pitfalls Almost everyone is familiar with the writer, Edgar Allan Poe. A tortured soul who lived during the early 1800s, he was an early practitioner of the short story. His more well known stories tend to be dark, foreboding, and often macabre. One …

Library » April 2012 Update

April 04, 2012 | Market Commentary

Market Forces Climbing a Wall of Worry The first quarter of 2012 was a textbook example of the markets climbing a “wall of worry,” which is defined as the financial markets’ tendency to surmount a host of negative factors and keep ascending. During the fourth quarter of 2011, the Dow Jones …

Library » January 2012 Update

January 06, 2012 | Market Commentary

Market Forces A “Risk On, Risk Off” Environment While not even close to being included on the American Film Institute’s list of top 100 films, most have seen, or at least heard of “The Karate Kid”. For those that haven’t, it’s an underdog martial arts story released in 1984 that included one …

Library » October 2011 Update

October 01, 2011 | Market Commentary

Market Forces Finding Opportunities Amid the World’s Economic Woes Leadership can be defined as “the ability to successfully integrate and maximize available resources within the internal and external environment for the attainment of organizational or societal goals.” When it comes to the …

Library » July 2011 Update

July 01, 2011 | Market Commentary

A Slow Growth Environment Continues The second quarter of the year is chock full of sporting events. The NCAA® holds its Final Four® basketball games. The baseball season begins. Both the Masters® Golf Tournament and the U.S. Open Golf Championship are second quarter events. The playoffs that …

Library » April 2011 Update

April 01, 2011 | Market Commentary

Contributing Factors to First Quarter Market Movements There are two types of factors that move the financial markets: endogenous factors, those that develop from within, that can be modeled, and to a certain extent that can be forecasted and exogenous factors, those that develop from …

Library » January 2011 Update

January 01, 2011 | Market Commentary

Initial Impacts of QE2 The financial markets are full of pithy sayings. Some, like “buy low, sell high” and “more buyers than sellers” sound insightful, but ultimately tell you nothing. Others, such as “every cycle is different” and “bulls make money, bears make money, and pigs get stuck,” aren’ …


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