Weekly Updates

22
Jan

Stocks Up as Shutdown Looms

Weekly Update – January 22, 2018 We’re only a few weeks into 2018, and stocks are showing quite a strong performance so far. Last week, major domestic indexes posted gains yet again, with all 3 up at least 5% this year. By Friday, the S&P 500 had added another 0.86%, and both the Dow and NASDAQ were up 1.04%.[i] All

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16
Jan

Equities and Inflation Climb

Weekly Update – January 16, 2018 Domestic markets continued their strong start to 2018, posting gains across the board for their 2nd week. The S&P 500 added 1.57% and closed at a new record high on Friday. The index just posted its best 10-day beginning to a year since 2003, with a 4.2% gain so far this year.[i] The Dow

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8
Jan

Stocks Start 2018 With Jump

Weekly Update – January 8, 2018 The first week of 2018 is behind us, and across the globe, stocks experienced a strong start to the year. International stocks in the MSCI EAFE gained 2.44% last week.[i] In the U.S., our major indexes also leapt forward, hitting a number of records and milestones.[ii]   Domestic Index Performance for the First Week

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2
Jan

Special Update: 2017 In Review

Weekly Update – January 2, 2018 In the final trading days of a strong 2017, U.S. indexes lost some ground. During the holiday-shortened week, the S&P 500 dropped by 0.36%, the Dow lost 0.14%, and the NASDAQ gave back 0.81%.[i] A selloff toward the end of the day on Friday contributed to the domestic indexes’ weekly losses.[ii] International stocks in

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2
Jan

What Does the New Tax Plan Mean for Investing?

While much of the political fire and fury from Congress’ tax plan debate has settled, some of the economic smoke still lingers as financial analysts and private investors plot their way through the new $1.4 trillion law’s long-range ramifications.[i]   President Donald Trump signed the historic tax bill into law December 22 following a firestorm of partisan exchanges in the

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26
Dec

A Tax Bill Before the Holiday

Weekly Update – December 26, 2017 As we headed into the long holiday weekend, the markets continued to climb as tax reform moved forward.[i] For the week, the S&P 500 closed up 0.29%, the Dow rose 0.43%, and the NASDAQ gained 0.35%.[ii] International stocks in the MSCI EAFE increased by 1.23%.[iii]   Before leaving for his holiday vacation, President Trump

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18
Dec

Tax Plan Boosts Stocks

Weekly Update – December 18, 2017 Domestic markets were up last week as tax reform became more likely. On Friday, multiple previously undecided Senators announced they would back the combined House and Senate bill, and stocks reacted by hitting new record highs.[i] For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.92%, the Dow added 1.33%, and the NASDAQ grew by 1.41%.[ii]

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11
Dec

Strong Markets for the Holidays

Weekly Update – December 11, 2017 As the holiday season progresses, the markets continue to impress. Last week, many energy, financial, and industrial sector stocks helped drive performance.[i] Hitting record highs yet again, the S&P gained 0.35%, and the Dow jumped 0.40% for the week.[ii] Meanwhile, the NASDAQ fell slightly by 0.11%, and the MSCI EAFE rose 0.08%.[iii]   Solid

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4
Dec

Looking Beyond Politics

Weekly Update – December 4, 2017 Markets went for a wild ride last week—especially on Friday. In fact, on December 1, the S&P 500 had its largest fluctuations since the day after the 2016 presidential election.[i]   Nonetheless, two of the major domestic markets hit new record highs on Thursday and ended the week with sizable gains. The S&P 500

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27
Nov

Black Friday Brings Gains

Weekly Update – November 27, 2017 Last week was a relatively quiet time in the domestic markets. We did not receive a tremendous amount of economic data, and trading halted Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Nonetheless, all 3 of the major domestic indexes experienced sizable gains in only 4 trading days.[i] By Friday, the S&P 500 added 0.91% and closed

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