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US Stocks, Worker Productivity, US Inflation, and Worldpay

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through August 12th US stocks posted their worst week since May on weak earnings from retailers and North Korea tensions. The S&P 500 fell 1.4% and the Dow dropped 1.1% for the week. Abroad, … Continue reading

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Recent Oil Prices, Unemployment, and Acquisitions

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through July 8th US stocks edged up over the week aided by bank stocks. The S&P 500 ticked up just under 0.1% and the Dow gained 0.3% for the week. Internationally, Europe rose 0.2%, … Continue reading

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Fed Funds Raised Rate a Quarter Percent

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through June 17th US stocks rose slightly over the week as the outcome of the Fed meeting was in line with expectations. The S&P 500 edged up 0.1% and the Dow rose 0.5% for … Continue reading

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Global Stocks Hit Fresh Record Highs

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through June 3rd Global stocks hit fresh record highs to end a strong week for world markets. Stock price gains were driven by corporate profits and signs of economic strength. The US, South Korea … Continue reading

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Consumer Confidence Hit Highest Level in 16 Years

US stocks had their best quarterly performance since the end of 2015 as investors moved from expecting changes in US policy to expecting stronger economy growth. For the week, the S&P 500 was up 0.8% and the Dow rose 0.3%.  … Continue reading

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Fed to Increase Funds Rate for 2nd Time in a Decade

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through December 17th US stocks were relatively flat over the week as the Fed’s projections on future interest rate increases weighed on markets. The S&P 500 edged down 0.1% and the Dow rose 0.4% … Continue reading

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Unemployment Claims Falls to Lowest Since 1973

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through November 19th US stocks continued to gain in the week following the election on positive expectations for the new administration, particularly the financial sector. The S&P 500 gained 0.8%, while the Dow ticked … Continue reading

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