January brings the annual tradition of envisioning the year ahead. In financial markets, this means attempting to predict what can not be controlled.
Q3 2021 Market Commentary
Investor sentiment is slowly shifting from the optimism of early-2021 when investors believed ‘when this pandemic is over, things will be better,’ to a more pragmatic outlook that acknowledges the pandemic is not over and may linger.
Q2 2021 Market Commentary
Global economic activity has picked up over the last three months, reflecting pent-up demand but still faces several road bumps as the pace of recovery varies between nations.
Q1 2021 Market Commentary
In the current pattern of growth, interest rates are likely to be volatile while both production and employment are recovering, and equity prices are likely to behave in kind.
Q3 2020 Market Commentary
A "K" shaped pattern recognizes the dramatic variation in recovery among different industries, demographics, and individuals, and highlights the current inequality in our economy.
Q1 2020 Market Commentary
Our world is moving at breakneck speed as we ramp up the production of essential items, medical equipment, and vaccines to tackle the current health crisis. The financial markets fluctuate like a roller-coaster in time with the news cycle as they try to respond to each new development.
Q1 2020 - Mid-quarter Commentary
The Coronavirus leads most news headlines with effects spreading across the globe. Partners Kate Campbell King, CFP® and Brian Kozel, CFP® sat down to discuss the current state of the financial markets and how a sudden and unexpected risk is reflected in our investment strategies.
Q4 2019 Market Commentary
Is the stock market 'super-saturated'? What happens next? We explore how current policy conditions create risk, and, counterintuitively, how feelings of concern about market, social, and environmental risks can pave the way to a stronger economy and future growth.
Partners Kate Campbell King, CFP® and Brian Kozel, CFP® sat down to discuss the current state of the financial markets, the difference between trading and investing, and the power of donor-advised funds.
Q3 2019 Market Commentary
Today, there is a growing consensus that the short term in the market is becoming riskier. We don't disagree. In our latest market commentary, we look at the "lend and spend" strategy of lowering interest rates to promote economic growth.
For our Q3 mid-quarter commentary, partners Kate Campbell King, CFP® and Brian Kozel, CFP® sat down to discuss the current state of the financial markets and the firm's approach to managing client portfolios.
Q2 2019 Market Commentary
Today’s economy has been sending signals that it is in its final innings. The stock market goes up and down in price trying to discern the direction of the game.
Q1 2019 Market Commentary
FOMO is the new version of greed, and it has developed amazing velocity in our hyper-connected world of hyper-productivity. Our latest market commentary explores how instinctive thinking is affecting our financial markets.
Q4 2018 Market Commentary
Winter is often used in literature as a metaphor for difficult times and right now feels like just one of those times. The recent declines in stock prices are unsettling and lead to worry about the future.
Q3 2018 Market Commentary
We all know that risks exist, but our feeling about a particular risk is driven by our recent experience. Many investors have fallen into a false sense of diminished investment risk because of prolonged calm in the markets.
Q2 2018 Market Commentary
Trade tensions have proven quite real over the last three months and continue to dominate headlines. Market price volatility continues apace as well, affected by concerns not only about trade but also rising interest rates and energy prices.
Q1 2018 Market Commentary
Like the ebb and flow of the tide, we saw markets rush upward in January only to see them retreat back in February and March. We have also seen a few historically large single-day declines, only to see a big rebound a few days later. The primary reason given for this volatility has been broad concern about tariffs and a looming trade war with China.
Q4 2017 Market Commentary
Annually in January market predictions for the future abound. Reading the news in January is thus an exercise in incredulity – about the certainty the prognosticators declare about an inherently uncertain future.