Weekly Market Commentary July 28, 2015

Weekly Market Commentary July 28, 2015

There was a spate of bad news last week, and it drove U.S. markets lower. China’s wild ride isn’t over yet. The Purchasing Managers’ Index, a private measure of Chinese manufacturing, came in below expectations at 48.2, according to BloombergBusiness. Results below 50...
Weekly Market Commentary July 21, 2015

Weekly Market Commentary July 21, 2015

Investors around the world breathed a sigh of relief last week. It wafted many markets higher. The NASDAQ jumped by more than 4 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 2.4 percent. France’s national benchmark index rose 4.5 percent, Germany’s was up 3.2...
Monthly Investment Commentary – July 2015

Monthly Investment Commentary – July 2015

June 2015 Recap The month of June brought the second quarter and the first half of 2015 to a close, and so far this year has been a tale of two markets. The first quarter was marked with a rising dollar, a soaring Chinese stock market, GDP contraction in the U.S. and...
Weekly Market Commentary July 14, 2015

Weekly Market Commentary July 14, 2015

It’s a cautionary tale… Many Chinese investors were so optimistic about the prospects for Chinese stock markets they bought on margin, meaning they borrowed money to buy stocks. Borrowing to invest has been so popular that the amount of margin loans doubled in just...
Weekly Market Commentary July 7, 2015

Weekly Market Commentary July 7, 2015

It’s been a wild, wild quarter. In early April, stock markets were doing so well (14 of 47 national benchmark indices hit all-time highs) that global market capitalization — the value of stocks trading on exchanges throughout the world — pushed past $70 trillion,...