Holiday cheer fades as markets deliver a reality check

The first real stock and bond market tumult since the fourth quarter of 2015 has grabbed media attention and put investors on edge. After rising nearly 10% through September, the S&P 500 entered “correction” territory, ultimately returning a negative 4.4% for the year 2018. There are numerous rationales for the swoon, with number one being fear that the U.S.[...] Continue reading
2 January, 2019

Market volatility is not as spooky as it sounds

Even though Halloween is right around the corner, investors shouldn’t let the market spook them. When the market is on a slight downturn, it’s common for some investors to become nervous or scared. However, these ebbs and flows are the nature of the market and it’s crucial for investors to not let the bumps along the way distract them from their savings goals.[...] Continue reading
30 October, 2018

Sectors making a splash this summer

Summer is an interesting season for the stock market because we often see individuals putting their portfolio on the back-burner, opting to instead dedicate their focus on vacation, or spending time with family and friends. When it comes to the market, the number of participants determines how accurate prices are. Although Fort Pitt is committed to long-term performance,[...] Continue reading
26 June, 2018

What you should know about the Italian bond market

There’s been a lot of news coming out about Italian bonds lately. Political turmoil and debt are scary and intimidating words to see in headlines. But, how serious is it all? I’d like to share some thoughts on this issue and how the news may affect our bond market. Although the Italian debt situation is noteworthy, it isn’t a situation that will result in the[...] Continue reading
31 May, 2018

A record first quarter for earnings

Thanks partly to tax reform, the first quarter of 2018 was good for the economy, and stupendous for corporate profits - particularly for large companies that make up the S&P 500 Index. As of May 7, 87 percent of the S&P 500 had reported first quarter results. All 11 sectors within the index reported earnings above expectations, led by technology, financials and[...] Continue reading
10 May, 2018

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