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Market Minute - January 12, 2021

by Scott Rosenquist, CFA​

Employment data for the month of December was released last week showing a decline of 140,000 jobs, the first negative number since April.  The unemployment remained unchanged at 6.7%. The COVID resurgence has led to new restrictions across the country and cold weather is keeping people indoors.  This is reflected in the job losses from the leisure and hospitality sector which dropped by 498,000.  There was job growth in professional and business services, construction, and retail but not enough to keep the headline number dipping into negative territory.

Monthly Markets Memo - December 22, 2020

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

There is not much you can say about 2020 that has not already been said.  I am sure we are all eager to see the calendar roll over and let 2020 take its place in the history books.  The markets are sitting at all-time highs while the underlying economy continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic.  Concerns remain as the recovery is expected to slow during the winter months.  The Fed continues to stress the need for Congress to pass the additional economic stimulus.  Negotiations for one last-ditch effort to get a stimulus passed before year-end have produced a tentative agreement that could see direct cash payments sent to citizens before the new year.

Market Minute

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The Growing Popularity of Sustainable Investing
by Bob Veres with Insider Information

Monthly Markets Memo - November 24, 2020

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

We are nearly through the 3rd quarter earnings season and it has been a record quarter in more ways than one.  Companies are easily beating analyst estimates.  Both the number of companies reporting upside beats and the degree they are exceeding their estimates are near-record amounts. 

You Are Not Alone

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by Bob Veres with Insider Information

Market Minute - November 10, 2020

There has been plenty of news over the past week for the markets to digest.  Election results, a Federal Reserve meeting, corporate earnings, and positive news regarding a COVID-19 vaccine is quite the list. The vaccine news was welcomed by investors and the shares of companies hit the hardest by the pandemic.  I would like to highlight just how hard hit some of these areas of the economy have been.

Pandemic Saving

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by Bob Veres with Insider Information

Monthly Markets Memo - October 27, 2020

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

Hope of a stimulus before the election is still up in the air.  The White House and House Democrats continue to negotiate, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to cast doubt over the Senate’s willingness to support a large comprehensive package.  Despite this, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell continues to stress the need for additional fiscal stimulus to support the U.S. economy through the ongoing pandemic.  While economic concerns persist, market forecasts are starting to highlight a new challenge.

Market Minute - October 13, 2020

September employment data was released earlier this month showing that the economy continues to add jobs but at a slower pace.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nonfarm payroll employment increased by 661,000 last month with the unemployment rate coming in at 7.9%.  The headline number missed economists’ expectations of 800,000 but as we have seen throughout the pandemic, forecasting has been difficult with such large numbers moving in both directions.

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