Financial News for the Week of May 12, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK Markets started the week off on a good note on French presidential election results and fairly constructive earnings and economic data. The S&P 500 flirted with record highs, and the VIX fell to its lowest level in more…


Financial News for the Week of May 5, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK The past week was action packed with economic data and events in Washington. Data largely supported the view that the U.S. economy will bounce back from its winter weakness. The job market sprang back into action in April,…


Financial News for the Week of April 28, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK First quarter GDP growth came in at just 0.7% (annualized) - slightly weaker than consensus. The main culprit behind the slowdown was consumer spending, which barely grew. Much of the drag on growth appears to be temporary…


Financial News for the Week of April 21, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK Investor sentiment remained relatively upbeat this week on constructive economic data, positive earnings reports, and hopes for near-term pro-growth policies. Still, safe-haven assets remained in demand, supported by rising…


Financial News for the Week of April 14, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK Economic data this week remained consistent with the theme of an economy nearing full employment. Headlines were dominated this week by rising tensions with North Korea and the increased odds that the French Presidential…


Financial News for the Week of April 7, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK U.S. economic data disappointed on a variety of fronts this week, but much can be chalked up to weather-related disruptions to the data. A paltry 89k payrolls gain was the biggest disappointment, but we are inclined to look…


Financial News for the Week of March 31, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK Following the failure to repeal and replace the ACA, market participants questioned the new administration’s ability to move forward with pro-growth policies. As such, major indicators opened lower on Monday, but risk…


Financial News for the Week of March 17, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK The Fed carried out its well-telegraphed rate hike this week. Despite the Fed’s hawkish messaging in advance of the decision, its expectations for rate increases were unchanged, leading bond yields to dip. The Fed edged up…


Financial News for the Week of March 10, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK Markets continued to price in lofty odds for a Fed hike next week, putting further upward pressure on the 2 year treasury yield – which remained near a nine-year high. The U.S. dollar also remained relatively well supported…


Financial News for the Week of March 3, 2017

FINANCIAL NEWS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK It was an exciting week in markets this week, with plenty of domestic and international first-tier data, central bank communication, and the inaugural presidential address to Congress. International data has…