Weekly Market Commentary 7/27/2015

Weekly Market Commentary 7/27/2015

The Markets There was a spate of bad news last week, and it drove U.S. markets lower. China’s wild ride isn’t over yet. The Purchasing Managers’ Index, a private measure of Chinese manufacturing, came in below expectations at 48.2, according to BloombergBusiness. Results below 50 indicate the sector is contracting. That doesn’t bode well for … Read more

Weekly Market Commentary 7/20/2015

Weekly Market Commentary 7/20/2015

The Markets Investors around the world breathed a sigh of relief last week. It wafted many markets higher. The NASDAQ jumped by more than 4 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 2.4 percent. France’s national benchmark index rose 4.5 percent, Germany’s was up 3.2 percent, Italy’s increased by 3.6 percent, and China’s Shanghai … Read more

Last Week Greece – Now China

Greece Now China

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” -Marie Curie Many people have asked me about the recent news out of China. “What’s happening to their stock market?” they want to know. “Will it affect us? Should I be worried?” I offer the above quote as a response. Nothing in … Read more

Weekly Market Commentary 7/13/2015

Weekly Market Commentary 7/13/2015

The Markets It’s a cautionary tale… Many Chinese investors were so optimistic about the prospects for Chinese stock markets they bought on margin, meaning they borrowed money to buy stocks. Borrowing to invest has been so popular that the amount of margin loans doubled in just six months to about $320 billion, according to Barron’s. … Read more

Weekly Market Commentary 7/6/2015

et Commentary 7/6/2015

The Markets It’s been a wild, wild quarter. In early April, stock markets were doing so well (14 of 47 national benchmark indices hit all-time highs) that global market capitalization — the value of stocks trading on exchanges throughout the world — pushed past $70 trillion, according to Bloomberg Business. The publication attributed the climb … Read more

Weekly Market Commentary 6/29/2015

Weekly Market Commentary 6/29/2015

The Markets Not quite as popular as Branjelina and Kimye, ‘Grexit’ (short for Greek Exit) has gained traction as a nickname during the past few months. The British press appropriated a variation, Brexit, when they discovered that the Bank of England was researching the potential risks of renegotiating membership in the European Union, or possibly … Read more