Weekly Commentary December 22, 2008

The Markets It’s “Helicopter Ben” to the rescue. For people who follow the financial markets, last Tuesday’s announcement by the Federal Reserve was a watershed event that historians, pundits, and investors will talk about for years to come. The Fed essentially opened...

Weekly Commentary December 15, 2008

The Markets The following comment might shock you, so prepare yourself. Here it is… last Monday’s closing price on the S&P 500 index confirmed that we have been in a new bull market since November 20th. Yes, it seems rather ludicrous to say we’re now in a bull...

Weekly Commentary December 8, 2008

The Markets Ugly headlines sometimes translate into positive results in the stock market. Last Friday morning’s headline economic number was the November unemployment report. In a word, it was “ugly.” The Labor Department said U.S. employers cut 533,000 jobs from...

Weekly Commentary December 1, 2008

The Markets We typically think of stock market volatility as a “bad” thing, but last week, we saw the “upside” of volatility. As the chart indicates below, the broad-based S&P 500 index rose a stunning 12% for the week. Barron’s said it was the largest one-week...