June 17, 2019
After a bruising May, the first half of June brought good news to investors as equity prices climbed backtoward their early May highs. Hints from the Federal Reserve that interest rate reductions may be in place as soon as July cheered markets in the US and deflated recession expectations among the pundit class.
The past two weeks have not been kind to worldwide equity investors. After the most recent peak for broad domestic equity indexes at the beginning of May, prices have trended generally lower dragging International indexes lower as well. Trade tensions, including newly announced Mexico specific tariff threats, and worries about the health of the US economy have combined to unsettle equity markets. The chart below details the DJTMI over the past 12 months.
January 10, 2019
A new year lies before investors. Most were happy to see the end of 2018 with its staggering volatility and almost commonplace 1-2% intraday swings. In this essay, we attempt to identify economic and political trends across the globe that can be expected to be among the key components of decisions to buy or sell equities in 2019.
Equity prices reflect the collective opinions, hopes, fears and experiences of market participants. News is disseminated virtually instantaneously and reflected in prices without delay. While we cannot foresee how, or which future developments will most affect the equity markets this year, it is useful to be aware of trends that could be germane to investor decisions.
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