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The New Year’s flop: What’s up with stocks?

The New Year has begun badly for stock market investors just about everywhere. In the U.S., the S&P 500 has fallen about 5% in the first 4 trading days of 2016. In China, the Shanghai Composite Index is down more than 11% from year end, after several days of stop-and-start trading. European and Emerging Market… Continue reading →

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What does a Fed rate increase mean?

  The Federal Reserve raises or lowers the Fed funds rate in order to either increase or slow down the rate of growth in the U.S. economy. The Fed funds rate is the rate member banks charge each other for the use of excess reserves. This rate trickles down to what banks then charge for… Continue reading →

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Closing out 2015…and a glance at 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, we wanted to remind investors of a key December event and preview our 2016 outlook. Here are a few things to keep an eye on: The Fed Investors should be aware of the 2-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, beginning on Tuesday, December 15, with a policy announcement… Continue reading →

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The Fed’s decision dissected

The Federal Reserve has decided to keep interest rate levels at near zero, for now. There has been some question as to why the Fed has left rates unchanged when the U.S. economy seems stable. Below our Chief Investment Officer, Charlie Smith, participates in a brief Q&A on the Fed’s decision and what we can… Continue reading →

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Keep calm and invest on…

The recent correction in the U.S. equity market has sparked some concern among investors. We want to offer our clients and blog readers some words of advice and some calming insight to consider. Below is a short Q&A with our vice president and senior equity analyst Kim Caughey Forrest: Q. The U.S. equity market has… Continue reading →

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