Posts Tagged: Monthly Market Commentary

June 2017 Recap

The dominant news for the month centered on the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates by 0.25%, an action that was widely anticipated. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Treasury bond yields remained largely unaffected and even managed to drop following the announcement. Comments from Janet Yellen indicated the Fed remains convinced that broad economic growth…

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May 2017 Recap

Economic activity throughout May yielded a relatively upbeat environment alongside rising equity markets. International exposure proved widely beneficial for the month and continues to post strong gains when compared to domestic indices. Foreign developed equities outpaced the S&P 500 by nearly 2.5% for the month and widened the year-to-date spread to an impressive 4.90%. Click…

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January 2017 Recap

The battle of domestic protectionism relative to increased globalization took center stage during the month following the inauguration of President Trump. Campaign promises from the administration were met with new executive orders despite criticism from the public and, in some cases, the media. Repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) remained at the top of the…

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December 2016 Recap

The Federal Reserve’s anticipated interest rate increase dominated the news cycle in December and led to an eventual market reaction that was anticlimactic, at best. Our initial commentary of the Fed’s announcement pointed to a textbook reaction of how asset classes behaved. Once it was official that the Federal Reserve increased short-term interest rates by…

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