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Earnings Heat Up This Week

By David O'Malley | July 17, 2017

Second quarter earnings will receive significant attention this week, as stocks pushed to new highs on the S&P 500 Index last week. Expectations for solid earnings reports have been growing over the past few weeks and are necessary to keep stocks grinding higher.

Stay Defensive on Asset Valuations Due to Uncertainty

By David O'Malley | October 17, 2016

Both stocks and bonds lost ground last week as significant uncertainty remains ever present in market dialog. The week ahead holds more potentially negative headlines for asset prices.

Central Banks to the Rescue Again

By David O'Malley | July 5, 2016

Last week started with risk markets around the globe continuing the plunge that began with the Brexit vote. However, as central banks around the globe indicated they stood ready to combat any negative impacts from Brexit, risk markets rallied and ended the week higher.

Waiting for the Brexit Vote

By David O'Malley | June 20, 2016

After last week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, in which the Fed lowered its longer-term expectation for interest rates, we now await the upcoming vote in the U.K. on Brexit.

Global Trade Outlook: A Tale of Two Vessels

By Jason Merrill | February 11, 2016

Weakening coal demand from China remains a drag on global trade. However, crude oil tankers have stayed quite busy and full.

The Challenge of Constructing a Defensive Portfolio in the Current Market

By Zhiwei Ren | January 28, 2016

As of last Friday, 1/22/16, the S&P 500 Index was down almost 7%, German Dax down 7%, Japan Nikkei down 10%, and the Shanghai stock exchange index down 17%. These are extreme moves in a very short time frame. What is market trying to tell us? And how should we navigate this market?

2016 Off to a Shaky Start

By David O'Malley | January 11, 2016

The first few trading days of 2016 have seen U.S. equities put in their worst performance to start a year ever and their worst week since 2011.

Equity Market Still Likes Monetary Stimulus

By David O'Malley | October 26, 2015

Despite weak economic data and mediocre earnings, stocks have rallied sharply on expected additional monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank (ECB).

The Top 6 Concerns for the Remainder of 2015

By David O'Malley | September 16, 2015

I recently invited a portfolio manager from one of our sub-advisers, David Giroux of T. Rowe Price Associates, to share his perspective on the markets and the economy. As you will see, David and I have similar concerns on many of the issues facing investors today, but we each have our own perspective.

So What Happens Next in the Market and the Economy?

By David O'Malley | August 31, 2015

As expected, last week we saw tremendous volatility in the markets. The Dow was down over 1,000 points at market open on Monday and had recovered significantly during the remainder of the week.

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