Weekly Market Commentary



Earnings releases and election impact on the minds of investors

Focus will be on corporate earnings releases, the presidential election and direction of growth in the domestic economy.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • October 24, 2016


Investors weigh manufacturing, consumer pricing and housing outlooks

The week ahead in global financial markets will see a rash of first-tier data published from the major developed economies.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • October 17, 2016


Yellen and retail sales could set the tone this week

Forward-looking investors will be interpreting a spate of Federal Reserve rhetoric as well as data on inflation, labor and retail sales.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • October 10, 2016


Labor data to drive asset pricing

Eyes on auto and service sales, manufacturing and labor data as the market assesses a possible Federal Reserve rate hike to close out 2016.

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  • October 03, 2016



New and pending home sales remain sluggish

A modest week of data is expected, primarily consisting of housing, durables income, spending and employment reporting.

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  • September 26, 2016


Fed and Bank of Japan expected to issue rate decisions

Investors weigh policy and risk management this week as both the Bank of Japan and Federal Open Market Committee issue rate decisions.

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  • September 19, 2016


Investors get a variety of domestic and global economic data to digest

Top-tier economic data will be released on retail sales, inflation, consumer sentiment, regional manufacturing and the global economy.

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  • September 12, 2016



Hints of a rate hike as well as plenty of first-tier data to mull over

Investors mull over hints of a rate hike and fresh data on consumer spending, auto sales, inflation, housing, manufacturing and employment.

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  • August 29, 2016


Fed Jackson Hole symposium could shape investor sentiment

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is expected to discuss what a slower path of growth and a lower neutral interest rate means for policy.

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  • August 22, 2016


Rate hike on the horizon?

Investors focus on the Federal Open Market Committee minutes and other economic discussions for indicators of an upcoming rate hike.

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  • August 15, 2016


Investors look to data to confirm robust July job gains

Investors may place renewed emphasis on U.S. economic data after July’s nonfarm payrolls report showed the economy generated 257,000 jobs.

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  • August 08, 2016


Global investors will get a chance to ponder major policy decisions

Bank of England rate decision and July jobs report among key events.

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  • August 01, 2016



Investors await corporate earnings releases and FOMC rate decision

Quarterly corporate earnings releases on tap and the latest Federal Reserve Open Market Committee rate decision.

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  • July 25, 2016


Earnings to set tone in week ahead

First-tier corporate earnings featuring U.S. financials will set the tone in pricing across asset classes.

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  • July 18, 2016


Investors will see a variety of economic data this week

Investor focus will be on a solid spate of first-tier data and earnings reports this week.

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  • July 11, 2016



Brexit fallout to dominate week ahead

Given the general uncertainty over how the Brexit process will proceed, markets are likely to remain volatile across asset classes.

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  • June 27, 2016


Brexit to drive asset pricing in week ahead

Britain votes this week whether to remain in the European Union.

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  • June 20, 2016


US economy set up for growth rebound

The economy is set up for a solid second quarterly rebound in growth, likely near 3 percent.

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  • June 13, 2016


Investors assess the impact of sluggish hiring numbers

With the weak 38,000 increase in May hiring, investors will be closely watching for hints about rate path.

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  • June 06, 2016



ECB and OPEC outcomes, plus employment stats, set week's economic pace

The week will be defined by the rate decision out of the European Central Bank meeting, the OPEC meeting and the U.S. employment estimate.

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  • May 31, 2016


Will Brexit affect rate hike timing?

Risks around the Brexit vote are substantial and will likely push back any prospective rate hike into July or September.

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  • May 23, 2016


Retailers, home building and inflation to define the week ahead

Investors will get a heavy dose of first-tier economic data amidst an equally busy slate of corporate earnings.

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  • May 16, 2016


Noises and signals: Where’s the economy heading this week?

A light week of economic data and policy rhetoric will probably set the stage for a choppy week for investors.

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  • May 09, 2016


Will weak global growth cause investor uncertainty?

Weak earnings reports from financials across the globe and soft manufacturing numbers out of China may dampen risk taking among investors.

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  • May 02, 2016



Soft consumer spending and growth may signal a slight economic decline

A slight downgrade in the economic outlook is expected on the back of a weak first quarter of growth and softer consumer spending.

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  • April 25, 2016


Corporate earnings take focus amid light data week

Corporate earnings announcements are on tap as investors weigh the inability of oil-producing countries to reach a production agreement.

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  • April 18, 2016


Inflation, customer sentiment and retail sales on tap for week ahead

Fresh information on inflation, regional manufacturing, jobless claims, consumer sentiment and retail round out the economic calendar.

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  • April 11, 2016


Markets to digest strong job gains in light data week

Data this week include factory and durable goods orders, the trade balance, weekly jobless claims, wholesale trade and inventories.

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  • April 04, 2016



Investors will get a variety of data this week to mull over

Investors returned from a holiday-shortened week to observe an extraordinarily large number of first-tier economic data.

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  • March 28, 2016


Growth this quarter helps reduce recession fears

Concerns about an imminent recession have faded as fundamental data points show roughly 2 percent growth in the current quarter.

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  • March 21, 2016


Eyes turn to Fed rate decision, housing, inflation data

Investors will see top-tier data including a policy rate decision and new information on the housing sector, inflation and retail sales.

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  • March 14, 2016


Investor eyes turn to China’s worsening slowdown

Investors mull over the impact of another strong U.S. jobs report in contrast with the deteriorating situation in China.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • March 07, 2016



Crisis or correction for asset markets

Investors will see a heavy slate of first-tier economic data amidst the aftermath of the G20 and the Super Tuesday primary elections.

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  • February 29, 2016


Could market volatility be calming?

Market volatility has calmed and both equities and oil look to be finding a bottom.

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  • February 22, 2016


Investors await FOMC minutes amid increased market volatility

After continued volatility in global asset markets, investors look for any hint of additional risk emanating from the European banking system.

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  • February 15, 2016


Investors expect news on global financial stress and policy rhetoric

Investors anticipate likely another bout of volatility in asset markets and policy rhetoric this week.

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  • February 08, 2016


Indicators point to a challenging year for manufacturing sector

Investors monitor January manufacturing and employment reports to confirm the general slowing of economic activity.

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  • February 01, 2016



Possible rate hikes on the horizon

The focus this week will turn to the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee rate decision.

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  • January 25, 2016


Light week for economic data

Light economic releases this week, thus the trend of asset markets following the direction of the U.S. dollar and oil will likely remain in place.

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  • January 18, 2016


Eyes turn to China as market turmoil spreads globally

Investors continue to monitor policy decisions and market action in China after a poor start to the year in U.S. equity markets.

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  • January 11, 2016



Global growth and policy among the major economic trends in 2016

Economic growth, policy and the inevitable rate increase on the minds of investors.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • December 14, 2015


Is a rate hike inevitable?

The federal funds market currently implies a 70 percent probability of a rate hike. Could it happen this month?

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • December 07, 2015



Policy announcements may outweigh fundamental economic data this week

As investors look to close their books for 2015, the major market-moving event this week will likely be the European Central Bank meeting.

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  • November 30, 2015


Third quarter growth, durable goods orders, housing data on tap

Investors will see a holiday-shortened economic calendar this week.

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  • November 23, 2015


Market momentum fades as investors price in December rate hike

The first two weeks of November have not been kind to equity investors as the momentum generated in October has dissipated.

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  • November 16, 2015


Strong October jobs report sets tone for week ahead

The October jobs report will likely set the tone for the next few weeks as investors move to price in a December rate increase.

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  • November 09, 2015


First-tier economic data and policy talk expected this week

A large spate of first-tier economic data is on tap for this week.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • November 02, 2015

October 2015

Investors ponder US economic data and PBOC rate cut

Investors consider a bevy of U.S. economic data and the impact of another rate cut by the People’s Bank of China.

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  • October 26, 2015

Reports from abroad likely to set the economic tone

Financial markets this week will largely be influenced by data and policy decisions from abroad.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • October 19, 2015

Focus turns to corporate earnings as third quarter gets under way

Top-tier economic data releases are on tap for the week. It’s also the kickoff to earnings seasons.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • October 12, 2015

Weak jobs report links U.S. economy to global growth slowdown

After the disappointing September employment report, investors look for further evidence of linking the U.S. economy to the global growth slowdown.

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  • October 05, 2015

September 2015

Focus shifts to budget agreement as deadline nears

Investor focus will likely shift away from data to Washington D.C. where the budget agreement deadline is rapidly nearing.

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  • September 28, 2015

Rate hike postponed: What’s next?

While the possible rate hike has been postponed, investors will likely turn to central bank policy statements rather than economic data releases.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • September 21, 2015

All eyes on Fed as policy decision looms

Focus will return to the U.S. economy as results of the Federal Reserve meeting may mark the beginning of the central bank’s long-awaited rate hike.

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  • September 14, 2015

Oil prices dollar movements to dominate weekly narrative

Markets will remain focused on movements in oil, the U.S. dollar, eurozone gross domestic product and the Bank of Canada interest rate decision.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • September 07, 2015

August 2015

Bust data week as the end of summer nears

While wary investors will keep one eye focused on the deteriorating situation in China, the other will be directed toward the U.S. employment report.

  • August 31, 2015

Fed’s Jackson Hole symposium takes spotlight amid market turmoil

The Federal Reserve gathers for its annual symposium against a backdrop of turmoil in global financial markets.

  • August 24, 2015

China looks to stimulate their growth

China may initiate more aggressive policy action to prop up their growth.

  • August 17, 2015

Dog days of summer mean light data week on tap

Look for reporting on sales, labor, industrial production, wholesale inflation and consumer confidence.

  • August 10, 2015

Global issues continue to overshadow U.S. economic data

This week’s data calendar includes a heavy slate of first-tier data that will be published.

  • August 03, 2015

July 2015

Eyes on U.S. growth, employment and monetary policy

This week’s data calendar includes a bevy of first-tier economic releases.

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  • July 27, 2015

Global events continue to dominate economic landscape

Global themes are likely to influence investor risk appetite in the week ahead.

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  • July 20, 2015

Temporary reprieve for Greece as U.S. investors face busy data week

With the risk of a Greek sovereign default at least temporarily taken off the table, focus turns to corporate earnings and top-tier U.S. economic data.

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  • July 13, 2015

Greek “no” vote sets stage for possible Euro exit

The “no” vote by the Greek electorate has increased the probability of a systemic financial event in the euro zone.

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  • July 06, 2015

June 2015

European crisis takes precedence over U.S. data

The economic and financial brinksmanship between Greece and its creditors appears to be reaching its denouement.

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  • June 29, 2015

Top-tier data expected this week

Reporting is expected on home sales, new bookings for durable goods, income and spending, and the final estimate of first-quarter growth.

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  • June 22, 2015

Central banks take center stage during week ahead

An unusually large number of top-tier monetary policy decisions are on tap for this week.

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  • June 15, 2015

Eyes turn to potential Greece default ahead of key repayment date

A possible Greece default could drive price action across most of the international economy.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • June 08, 2015

Solid economic growth, but Greece’s default looms

Reports indicating strong job growth, a rebound in manufacturing, robust auto sales and solid consumer spending expected this week.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • June 01, 2015

May 2015

Investor focus turns to economic growth estimates

During the past week, investors have been drawn to increasing questions about the veracity of the quarterly gross domestic product guesstimates.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • May 25, 2015

A modest economic growth rebound may be on the horizon

Investors will get a look at an array of housing-related data this week, which will shape expectations about the direction of growth.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • May 18, 2015

Economic reports this week may reflect improving outlook

Improving economy bolstered by labor market, retail sales, consumer sentiment and manufacturing reports.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • May 11, 2015

Gloomy outlook will be put to test by key economic data

Investors remain unconvinced that the U.S. economy will pick up steam in the current quarter.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • May 04, 2015

April 2015

Fed meeting, housing, manufacturing data on tap for week ahead

Heavy slate of data expected this week for investors.

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  • April 27, 2015

Looking for signs of economic rebound

Investors are looking for signs that the economy is ready to rebound.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • April 20, 2015

Global policy decisions, heavy U.S. data week on tap

Possible foreshadowing of a spring rebound in economic activity as well as challenges for Europe.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • April 13, 2015

Focus turns to Greece as time is running short

Investor focus shifts back to Europe as creditors attempt to find an equitable compromise that will provide funds for Greece.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • April 06, 2015

March 2015

Fresh information on the U.S. labor market expected

Investors will be focusing on fresh information on the U.S. labor market, which may determine the start date for a looming rate hike.

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  • March 30, 2015

Focus returns to Europe as U.S. mulls timing of rate hikes

Investors focus on European Union leaders meeting this week that will determine if Greece moves toward defaulting on its massive debt.

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  • March 23, 2015

Fed meeting to take center stage as investors await policy clues

The major-market moving event this week will likely be the publication of the Federal Open Market Committee policy communiqué.

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  • March 16, 2015

Light data week ahead of March 17-18 FOMC meeting

Price action across asset classes will likely revolve around shifting investor expectations.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • March 10, 2015

Central bank policy and employment data among week’s key data releases

Key economic data includes an employment update in the United States and central bank policy decisions.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • March 02, 2015

february 2015

U.S. and global week ahead

Investors should get a sense this week on whether Greece will remain in the euro zone or seek to exit the common currency economy.

  • Joe Brusuelas
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  • February 23, 2015

Investor focus turns to "Grexit," Ukraine cease fire

Risk appetite among global investors will likely remain focused on negotiations between Berlin and Athens on a renegotiation of the terms with Greece.

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  • February 16, 2015

Potential default by Greece, European economic data main focus

Movements in global asset prices will probably revolve around fears of another potential default by Greece.

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  • February 09, 2015

January jobs report; Fed speakers take center stage this week

Reports on U.S. employment, manufacturing and service sector, construction activity, trade, and personal income and spending expected this week.

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  • February 02, 2015

January 2015

U.S. economic growth, wages among week’s key data reports

Critical answers expected for investors on U.S. growth, wages and salaries.

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  • January 26, 2015

European Central Bank meeting main focus of week ahead

Mario Draghi is expected to announce a plan for the ECB to begin purchasing sovereign bonds.

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  • January 19, 2015

Oil and eurozone fears to continue driving global asset prices

Falling oil prices, risks surrounding the Greek election, economic weakness and deflation in the eurozone are likely to drive asset prices this week.

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  • January 12, 2015

Week ahead in U.S. financial markets

The U.S. December employment estimate will be the major economics-related event of the week.

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  • January 05, 2015

December 2014

Fed: Patience
December 22, 2014

Retail Sales Surge, Again
December 15, 2014

2014: Strongest Year for Jobs Growth Since 1999
December 8, 2014

November 2014

China Aims for 7.5% Growth Target
November 24, 2014

Retail Sales Jump
November 17, 2014

ECB Remains Ready
November 10, 2014

Third Quarter GDP Exceeds Expectations
November 3, 2014

October 2014

Housing Market Questions Remain
October 27, 2014

Fed’s Beige Book Pulls Markets Back Up
October 20, 2014

Consumer Credit Falters
October 13, 2014

Unemployment Falls but Wages Remain Stagnant
October 6, 2014

September 2014

Will Risk Parity Performance Persist?
September 29, 2014

Does Calpers’ Capitulation Signal The End of Hedge Fund Underperformance?
September 22, 2014

Stocks Slip on Quiet Data Week
September 15, 2014

Hiring Flounders In August Amid Extreme Seasonal Distortions
September 8, 2014

S&P 500 Hits the 2,000 Mark
September 2, 2014

August 2014

Event Driven Managers Encounter a Short-Term Hiccup
August 25, 2014

Europe Taking a Negative Turn
August 18, 2014

Service Sector Hits High
August 11, 2014

Banco Espirito Santo: Opportunity for the ECB?
August 4, 2014

July 2014

Corporate Earnings Season Update
July 28, 2014

2014 Another Ho Hum Year for Hedge Funds
July 21, 2014

The Fed Announces Its Intentions
July 14, 2014

Will Latest Jobs Report Force the Fed to Act?
July 7, 2014

June 2014

Fixed Income Markets Cruise – What’s Next?
June 23, 2014

Equities Rally on Surprise-Free Fed
June 23, 2014

Oil Spikes on Iraqi Strife
June 16, 2014

Jobs Return To Pre-Recession Peak
June 9, 2014

Corporate Activity Flourishes
June 2, 2014

May 2014

Home Sales Gain: Now Where?
May 27, 2014

Inflation Becomes the Latest Topic Du Jour
May 19, 2014

Dollar Bulls Drop Their Heads in Frustration
May 12, 2014

Labor Markets Bounce Back From Winter Hibernation
May 5, 2014

April 2014

Why Are Hedge Funds Struggling in 2014?
April 28, 2014


Stocks Gain on Earnings, Fed
April 21, 2014

Complacency Makes Volatility Markets A Dangerous Place
April 14, 2014

Labor Markets Looking For A Spring Blossom
April 7, 2014

March 2014

A Look at First Quarter Market Performance
March 31, 2014

Janet Yellen Enters the Picture
March 24, 2014

Currency Markets Heat Back Up, and Will Likely Remain That Way
March 17, 2014

Tech Bubble 2.0?
March 10, 2014

A Consumer Releveraging Renaissance?
March 3, 2014

February 2014

Time to Worry About Europe Again?
February 25, 2014

Checking In On Earnings
February 18, 2014

Was the Labor Report Positive, or Negative, Anyone?
February 10, 2014

Investors Should Focus on Wages, Not Jobs
February 3, 2014

January 2014

Equities Fall Amid Emerging Market Fears
January 27, 2014

Commodities Remain a Source of Frustration
January 21, 2014

The Diversification Obituary
January 13, 2014

Is 2014 the Year that Alternatives Matter Again?
January 6, 2014

December 2013

Will 2014 Bring An End to Central Bank Intervention?
December 16, 2013

Gauging Tapering Post November Jobs Report
December 9, 2013

Fixed Income Markets Slog Forward
December 2, 2013

November 2013

While You Were Sleeping: Asian Developments Loom For Financial Markets
November 25, 2013

Where Will the Holiday Shopping Season Lead Us This Year?
November 18, 2013

Currency Markets Show Signs of Reversal
November 11, 2013

Ex-US Property Bubble Peaking?
November 5, 2013

October 2013

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
October 28, 2013

Earning Season Hides in Government Shadow
October 21, 2013


US Default: How Bad Would It Be?
October 14, 2013


A Reason For Bullishness On the Domestic Economy
October 7, 2013


September 2013

Europe Pokes its Head Out From The Shadows
September 30, 2013


Markets Confused By Ongoing Fed Uncertainty
September 23, 2013

Consumers Face an Economy at a Crossroads
September 16, 2013

Market Technical’s Signal Trouble Ahead
September 9, 2013

Fixed Income - Where to Now?
September 3, 2013

August 2013

Will Rate Rise Derail Housing Recovery
August 26, 2013

Change is Coming
August 19, 2013

China Struggles to Fight the Trend
August 12, 2013

Low Quality Jobs Recovery Continues in July
August 5, 2013

July 2013

Earnings Take a Back Seat to Policy
July 29, 2013

Emerging Markets: Undervalued or Value Trap?
July 22, 2013

Hedge Funds Can Advertise...But Should They?
July 15, 2013

High Yield Munis: Risky Business
July 8, 2013

Investors Gear Up For Earnings Post-Taper
July 1, 2013


June 2013

Is Fixed Income The New Equity
June 24, 2013

Uncontained Bond Funds Fail to Deliver
June 17, 2013

Risk Parity - New Thinking or New Packaging?
June 10, 2013

Does Sector Shift Spell a Continued Rally?
June 3, 2013


May 2013

Is the Fed in the Home Stretch?
May 28, 2013

Why the Lack of Inflation Is A Problem
May 20, 2013

Housing Finally Breaks Free
May 13, 2013


April 2013

Markets Rise Despite Economic Data
April 29, 2013

Q1 Earnings Leave Much to be Desired
April 22, 2013

Tax Day as Polarizing as Ever
April 15, 2013

Labor Markets Stumble in March
April 8, 2013

Is The VIX Still An Adequate Measures of Risk?
April 2, 2013


March 2013

Currencies in a race to debase
March 25, 2013

Why are emerging markets struggling in 2013?
March 18, 2013

Finally a Jobs Report Worth Reading
March 11, 2013

Is Now The Time To Diversify?
March 5, 2013


February 2013

Potential Threats to Equity Rally
February 25, 2013

Event Driven Investors Receive Their Wish
February 19, 2013

Consumers Less Enthused to Bail Out the Economy
February 11, 2013

In Uncertain Environment, Jobs Grow Tepidly
February 4, 2013


January 2013

In Japan We Trust
January 28, 2013

Is the European Crisis Over?
January 22, 2013

Are Investors Buying into the Equity Story?
January 14, 2013

Another Lost Year For Active Management
January 7, 2013

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