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WEEKLY MARKET COMMENTARY

 

Weekly Market Commentary

February 18, 2020

 

The Markets

 

Many stock markets around the world moved higher last week.

 

Investors’ optimism in the face of economic headwinds has confounded some in the financial services industry. Laurence Fletcher and Jennifer Ablan of Financial Times cited several money managers who believe investors have become complacent. One theory is investors’ buy-the-dip mentality has become so firmly ingrained that any price drop is seen as a buying opportunity, regardless of share price valuation.

 

Another theory is investors remain confident in the face of declining economic growth expectations because they expect central bankers to save the day:

 

“Key stock markets are hovering close to record highs even while the death count from the China-centered virus rises and travel in, out, and around the country remains heavily restricted, hurting the outlook for domestic and international companies. Regardless, stumbles in stocks are quickly reversed. To some traders, this is proof that investors believe major central banks will pump more stimulus into the financial system.”

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Weekly Market Commentary

February 10, 2020

 

The Markets

 

Last week, major U.S. indices posted strong gains. That’s welcome news, but the drivers behind share price appreciation appear to have little to do with company fundamentals.

 

Fourth quarter earnings season is underway. During earnings season, companies let investors know how profitable they were during the previous quarter. With 45 percent of companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) Index reporting, earnings are slightly down. If the trend continues, this will be the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year earnings declines, according to FactSet.

 

Falling company profits, in tandem with rising share prices, have made U.S. stocks relatively expensive. The price-to-earnings ratio of the S&P 500 Index was 25.04 on Friday. That’s significantly higher than its long-term average of 15.78.

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Weekly Market Commentary

February 3, 2020

 

The Markets

 

Prepare yourself. There is a good chance markets will be volatile in the coming weeks.

 

Precautions designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus may also slow Chinese economic growth and, by extension, global economic growth.

 

On Thursday, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus to be an international health emergency. The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for China, and major U.S. airlines suspended flights to the nation, reported Forbes.

 

In six Chinese provinces, factories and businesses are shuttered until at least February 10. The closures have created issues for global supply chains, and Financial Times reported, “Companies from luxury retailers to airlines and banks are reeling as the disease accelerates.”

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Weekly Market Commentary

January 27, 2020

 

The Markets

 

Markets hunkered down last week.

 

News of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China unsettled investors around the world. The respiratory infection is related to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), reported WebMD.

 

Previous virus outbreaks have affected global economic growth. Research into pandemic preparedness suggests extreme events can reduce global annual income by 0.6 percent per year (including mortality and income loss). Lower income often is equated with slower economic growth.

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ARTICLES

 

February 12, 2020

How do your retirement savings compare to savings by other people in your age group? Are you keeping up? Are you ahead or are you behind?

February 05, 2020

"A financial plan will help you by creating a timeline for you to follow for your goals. It helps you focus the way you manage your money and your time on reaching your financial goals so that you can do the things you want to in your life."

January 22, 2020

"If you haven’t contributed the maximum amount to a qualified retirement plan at work throughout 2019, consider adding money before it is too late."

January 09, 2020

Five Financial Goals for the New Year

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