Market Perspective for September 19, 2016

Both the Bank of Japan (BoJ) and Federal Reserve are scheduled to meet on Wednesday. Negative interest rates have failed to spur on the world’s third-largest economy and Japanese policymakers believe that further easing is necessary, but they are uncertain

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Market Perspective for September 17, 2016

Policymakers alleviated apprehensions regarding a potential interest rate following a volatile trading week. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard and Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari both warned against raising rates too soon. While the SPDR Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 index

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Market Perspective for September 12, 2016

After trading in a narrow range for several weeks, the major indexes broke to the downside Friday as investor expectations for a September interest rate hike increased along with global interest rates. Asian and European markets played catch-up overnight and

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Market Perspective for September 9, 2016

The Nasdaq achieved another record high during this shortened trading week and the Russell 2000 pushed to a new 52-week high. Shifting interest rate expectations sent most shares sharply lower on Friday, but sparked a financials rally even as the

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Market Perspective for September 6, 2016

Most equities opened higher on Tuesday following the long weekend, despite Friday’s less than stellar jobs report and mixed signals from the Federal Reserve. The European Central Bank (ECB) is scheduled to announce rate decisions this week. Pressure to increase

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Market Perspective for September 2, 2016

As expected, the markets traded within a narrow range and closed the week relatively unchanged. Investors continued their cautious stance ahead of the monthly unemployment report this week. It was also another week of mixed economic reports and conflicting signals

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Market Perspective for August 29, 2016

The quiet summer trading season has been marked by exceptionally tight trading ranges; the S&P 500 Index has traded between 2160 and 2190 on all but a handful of days. The low volatility trend should continue this week ahead of

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Market Perspective for August 26, 2016

Markets have remained predictably quiet amid the late summer vacation season. Stocks traded lower following Fed officials’ statements at the Jackson Hole symposium, pulling the S&P 500 Index down on the week. While the Fed failed to indicate an exact

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Market Perspective for August 22, 2016

The U.S. Federal Reserve will host its annual Jackson Hole economic symposium in Wyoming this week, highlighted by Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s remarks scheduled for Friday.  This year’s conference theme is titled “Designing Resilient Monetary Policy Frameworks for the Future.”

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Market Perspective for August 19, 2016

The late-summer slow season is upon us as traders and investors vacation in the run-up to Labor Day. Indexes hit new all-time highs during the week, though performance was largely flat following the release of the Fed’s July meeting minutes.

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