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First Quarter 2019 Market & Economic Commentary

Posted by Byron Sanders on Apr 12, 2019 11:44:02 AM

First Quarter Market Comment

April 8, 2019

After a disappointing final quarter of 2018, global equity prices extended their post-Christmas

rally and posted very strong gains in the first quarter of 2019. Broad domestic benchmark indexes were standouts, but International and Emerging Market equities also delivered solidly positive numbers. US investors, especially, were cheered by the Federal Reserve’s decision, announced in late January, to suspend the program of scheduled ¼% increases in their Fed Funds rate that had through 2018.

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Topics: Investments, mutual funds, Economics, stocks, markets, interest rates

January Market & Economic Commentary

Posted by Byron Sanders on Feb 5, 2019 1:19:51 PM

The Fed Blinks

January 31, 2019

 

World equity prices have extended their January uptrend over the past two weeks. Most broad-based indexes have recovered more than 50% of the declines that ended on December 24, 2018. Progress on resolution of trade disputes with China and reduced anxiety over the course of short-term interest rates appear to have flipped investor sentiment 180° from late December.

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Topics: Investments, mutual funds, Economics, stocks, markets, interest rates

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