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The Market Week in Review

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  Major U.S. stock indices finished the week higher with the tech heavy Nasdaq jumping over 2.00% as Amazon, Alphabet, and Apple rallied.  Interest rates were little changed with the 10-year treasury yield rising 2 basis points to 2.85%.  The spread between the 10-year treasury yield and the 2-year treasury yield remained unchanged, settling at a narrow 0.22%.  Commodity prices…

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The Market Week in Review

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  Major stock indices finished the week higher amid strong earnings and economic data, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq finishing at record highs.  Interest rates came back down with the 10-year treasury yield dropping 3 basis points to 2.83%.  Short-term interest rates were virtually unchanged, resulting in the spread between the 2-year treasury yield and the 10-year treasury…

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The Market Week in Review

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  Stocks finished the week mostly higher despite steep losses earlier in the week.  Officials from both China and the U.S. announced Thursday that talks are scheduled next week in hopes of resolving ongoing trade disputes.  Officials are hoping that the two countries can come to an agreement by November.  Treasury yields managed to pare loses from earlier in the…

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The Market Week in Review

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  Stocks finished the week mostly lower amid a financial crisis in Turkey rattling the global stock market.  However, the tech heavy Nasdaq index managed to keep its head above water as tech stocks rally.  The Russell 2000 also finished higher as small and mid-cap stocks tend to have less ties overseas.  Underwhelming inflation data pulled interest rates lower, with…

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Responding to Risk

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Synopsis: Consistently predicting the direction of the stock market over the short term with a high degree of certainty is unlikely.  By comparison, market risk and economic risk are quantifiable.   If an investor does not need to tolerate significant risk to achieve his or her investment objectives, has a short investment horizon, or is unwilling to tolerate significant fluctuations…

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The Market Week in Review

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  The stock market finished the week higher as a bounty of positive earnings reports and economic data drove major stock indices higher.  Interest rates were virtually unchanged from the week prior with the 10-year treasury yield dropping 1 basis point to 2.95%.  The spread between the 10-year treasury yield and the 2-year treasury yield widened by 3 basis points…

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The Market Week in Review

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  The stock market finished the week mixed as investors continue to digest earnings reports and conflicting economic data.  The tech-heavy Nasdaq index dropped over 1.0% largely due to Facebook stock dropping nearly 20% on lower than expected revenue and a poor outlook.  Interest rates rose with the 10-year treasury yield rising 7 basis points to 2.96%.  Yet, the spread…

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The Market Week in Review

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  Stocks finished the week mixed as investors digest earnings reports resulting in major indices finishing the week virtually flat.  Interest rates moved higher with the 10-year treasury yield reaching 2.89%, 6 basis points higher than the week prior.  The spread between the 10-year treasury yield and the 2-year treasury yield widened by 3 basis points, yet still is at…

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The Market Week in Review

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  The overall stock market finished significantly higher on the week as trade fears eased and earnings season kicked off.  Interest rates were unchanged from the week prior with the 10-year treasury yield holding its position at 2.83%.  However, the spread between the 2-year treasury yield and the 10-year treasury yield continues to flatten, dropping 4 basis points to a…

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The Market Week in Review

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  Stocks finished the week higher with small/mid-cap stocks, as measured by the Russell 2000, outpacing the other major indices as they saw less headwinds from international trade concerns.  The 10-year treasury yield continues to drop, falling 2 basis points on the week to 2.83%.  The spread between the 2-year treasury yield and the 10-year treasury yield also dropped by…