Global Stocks, Bank of England, and Government Shutdown Information

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through February 10th

Global stocks saw volatility return in a big way with huge day to day market swings.  Global markets ended down significantly over the week.  The S&P 500 and Dow both plunged 5.2% for the worst week in over two years.  Internationally, Japan plummeted 8.1% and Europe sank 5.0% for the week.  The yield on the 10 year Treasury eased slightly ending the week at 2.83%.  Oil fell 9.5% to $59.20 a barrel for its worst week in over two years.

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Ep. 23 – Founder Transition – Insights from a Founder

Tom Adams, Director at Raffa, discusses his personal journey throughout his career as well as the insight he has gained in this episode of the Lead. Learn. Thrive. Podcast. Moderated by Karen Schuler, Managing Director at Raffa, the two discuss the critical value of leadership development and transition.

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Jerome Powell, New Tariffs, and Home Sales

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through January 29th

US Stocks closed the week once again at new record highs driven by strong corporate earnings and economic data. The S&P 500 jumped 2.2% and the Dow surged 2.1% for the week. Internationally, Japan fell 0.7% and Europe % for the week. The yield on the 10 year Treasury finished the week at 2.66%, continuing its recent trend higher. It’s risen 26 basis points since the start of 2018.

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China’s Growth, Government Shutdown, and US Oil

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through January 22nd

US Stocks hit new record highs as fourth quarter corporate earnings have topped expectations and companies have issued optimistic outlooks. The Dow rose above 26,000 on the week and gained 1.0%. The S&P 500 climbed 0.9%. Internationally, Japan gained 0.7% and Europe rose 0.6% for the week. The yield on the 10 year Treasury finished the week at 2.64% its highest level since July 2014, while the dollar hit its lowest level in more than three years. Oil was down 1.4% for the week closing at $63.37 a barrel.

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Industrial Production, Retail, and Inflation

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through January 13th

US Stocks ended the week at new record highs driven by high expectations for 4Q earnings season. The S&P 500 rose 1.6% and the Dow climbed 2% for the week. Abroad, Europe edged up 0.3% and Japan edged down 0.3% for the week. The yield on the 10 year Treasury bond rose to 2.55%, the highest level since March as inflation expectations have risen over recent weeks.

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Stocks, Hiring, Auto Sales and More

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through January 6th

US stocks got off to a strong start to the year ending at record highs on optimism about global growth. The S&P 500 rose 2.6% and the Dow rose above 25,000 to gain 2.3% for the week. Internationally, Europe rose 2.1% and Japan posted a new 26 year high surging 4.2% for the week. The yield on the 10 year Treasury rose from 2.40% to 2.49%.

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Fed’s Last Meeting of the Year, Westfield, Teva and Other News

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through December 16th

US stocks ended the week at new record highs as it became clearer that tax reform would be passed. The S&P 500 gained 0.9% and the Dow rose 1.3% for the week. Internationally, Europe edged down 0.3% and Japan fell 1.1% for the week. The yield on the 10 year Treasury finished the week at 2.35% down from the previous week.

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