Weekly Commentary August 31, 2009

The Markets Even though the 4th of July was about two months ago, we may see some fireworks in the financial markets over the next few months. Since Independence Day, trading volume has been rather low and volatility somewhat subdued. Traditionally, the movers and...

Weekly Commentary August 24, 2009

The Markets An extremely weak real estate market helped lead us into this financial crisis. Could a strong real estate market help lead us out? Possibly. Existing home sales rose a stunning 7.2% in July and July marked the first time in five years that existing home...

Weekly Commentary August 17, 2009

The Markets Like a winded mountain climber approaching 25,000 feet, the domestic stock market took a breather last week after several weeks of strong gains. If this breather turns into the “pause that refreshes,” then the markets may soon resume their upward march and...

Weekly Commentary August 10, 2009

The Markets Jobs are starting to come back. Corporate earnings are stabilizing. Now, it is up to the consumer to do their part – and that means start spending. Last week, the government reported that the July unemployment rate ticked down to 9.4% from June’s 9.5%...

Weekly Commentary August 3, 2009

The Markets Here we go again making another comparison to The Great Depression. Only this time, it’s a positive comparison. For the five months ending last Friday, the S&P 500 had its best performance streak since The Great Depression year of 1938, according to...