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Weekly Market Commentary August 20, 2018

News of trade talks between the U.S. and China helped support a rally in U.S. stocks last week. The talks are scheduled for next week, and officials say the two nations hope to sign a compromise by November. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary August 13, 2018

Concerns over declines in the Turkish currency and the risk of a trade dispute between the U.S. and Turkey pushed stocks lower last week. Turkey and the U.S. are sparring over the jailing of a U.S. pastor by Turkey. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary August 6, 2018

U.S. stocks rallied, while global markets lagged. The S&P 500 rose 0.8%. Global stocks slipped as the MSCI ACWI fell 0.2%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.1%. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary July 30, 2018

Strong U.S. economic growth made additional interest rate hikes likely. The likelihood of additional hikes and weak earnings from a couple key technology companies was not enough to overcome positive news earlier in the week on trade between the Europe Union and U.S. Discussions are moving forward to rescind the announced metal tariffs and reduce tariffs on industrial goods. The S&P 500 rose 0.6% for the week. Global stocks, as measured by the MSCI ACWI, climbed 0.9% higher. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.2%.

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Weekly Market Commentary July 23, 2018

The stock market had a rather boring week. The S&P 500 stayed in a tight range throughout the week and finished basically unchanged. Global stocks performed a little better as the MSCI ACWI inched 0.1% higher. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.3%. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary July 16, 2018

Solid earnings and perhaps some potentially blissful ignorance on the ongoing risks over trade pushed stocks to a second straight week of strong gains. The S&P 500 soared 1.5% for the second week in a row. The MSCI ACWI climbed 1.0%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.2%. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary July 9, 2018

The positive U.S. jobs report released Friday contributed to a strong week for global stocks and bonds. The S&P 500 soared 1.5%, the MSCI ACWI climbed 0.9%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.2%. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary July 2, 2018

Stock markets finished the quarter on a down note. The S&P 500 and the global MSCI ACWI both dropped 1.3%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index shrugged off higher inflation and rose 0.3% last week. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary June 25, 2018

Global stocks declined last week as the Trump administration’s rhetoric and proposals regarding global trade continued to concern investors. OPEC indicated it would increase oil production less than expected, and oil prices climbed between 3% and 5% depending on the market. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary June 18, 2018

Announcements by government officials led market news last week. The Fed announced another rate hike, a judge approved the AT&T-Time Warner merger, and the Trump administration announced sanctions against Chinese goods. The net impact on markets was minimal. The S&P 500 was basically unchanged. The global MSCI ACWI dropped 0.4%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.1%.

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