Tag Archives: S&P 500

S&P Is Not GDP

U.S. economic growth has been subpar — right around 2% — during much of the ongoing economic expansion. Yet, the S&P 500 has returned nearly 230% cumulatively since the bear market low on March 9, 2009. How did that happen … Continue reading

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Is the Party Over?

Consumers are the most confident they have been in over six years, according to last week’s widely watched consumer confidence report from the Conference Board. Investors have been feeling confident too. The high valuations of stocks in some industries have … Continue reading

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March Madness in the Markets

With the exception of last year’s steady rise, March has been maddening for investors. In three of the past four years the S&P 500 raced higher in March only to reverse all of those gains in a pullback of about … Continue reading

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Here we go again….

Another Great Year Ahead for Stocks… Stock market investors should be rooting for low single-digit economic growth next year – and the reason why has nothing to do with the Federal Reserve (Fed). We forecast a low double-digit gain of … Continue reading

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Chasing returns…don’t get crazy!

Chasing Returns Decades of behavioral research suggest investors chase returns. In other words, they sell one investment to buy another that has performed better on the hope that it will continue to do so. Although this behavior is known to … Continue reading

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How sweet it is….

The Earnings Season Sweet Spot Last week marked that special time of year when the World Series brings together two great teams. A three-run double on a hit to the Green Monster off the sweet spot of the bat of … Continue reading

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Work, work, work…work

Weekly Market Commentary: Back to Work The budget crisis in Washington is over – for now. The 11th hour deal lifts the debt ceiling through February 7, 2014, and funds the government though January 15, 2014, returning furloughed government workers … Continue reading

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That can’s been kicked…..

The “Kick-the-Can” Pattern Keeps Giving to Investors in September The Federal Reserve (Fed) “kicked the can” on tapering by unexpectedly postponing any reduction in the $85 billion pace of monthly bond buying at its policy meeting last week (see this … Continue reading

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Emerging Markets and the Fed – What’s Attractive and What to Avoid

Emerging Markets and the Fed – What’s Attractive and What to Avoid While the Federal Reserve (Fed) could surprise investors this week, the Fed has been careful to communicate its intentions to the markets ahead of this week’s meeting. Most … Continue reading

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