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Market Minute - September 11, 2017

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Behavioral finance introduces the idea of biases investors exhibit and how they can affect decision making.    In the previous post I discussed loss-aversion, an emotional bias whereby investors feel the pain of losses more than the pleasure of gains.  We identified how this could lead to irrational decisions to avoid taking a loss.

Monthly Markets Memo - August 2017

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Market Update

U.S. Equity indices declined over the past month as negative headlines continued to fuel uncertainty in the U.S. markets.  Events related to healthcare legislation, geopolitical tensions on the Korean peninsula, and doubts surrounding President Trump’s agenda all contributed to the decline in U.S. equities over the past month.   Smaller company stocks were hit harder than the larger companies - more on that below. 

Monthly Markets Memo - July 2017

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski & Scott Rosenquist, CFA®

Market Update

U.S. Equity indices hit new highs this past month as stocks moved on the back of Q2 earnings.  International equities, however, led the way easily outpacing their U.S. counterparts.  Emerging Markets were especially strong, helped by a weakening dollar.  Fixed income was mixed, with higher yielding and below investment-grade issues outperforming their more conservative counter-parts.  

Market Minute - July 17, 2017

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Behavioral Finance

Traditional finance is built on the premise that investors are rational and will make optimal decisions regarding investments.  It relies heavily on financial market theories and the relationship between risk and return.  Behavioral finance, on the other hand, acknowledges that people are the ones interacting in the financial markets and may not always act rationally or make optimal decisions.  Behavioral finance introduces the idea of biases that investors exhibit and how they can affect decision making.  I find this topic very interesting and wanted to introduce it by highlighting one of these behavioral biases.  I plan on discussing others in future market minute posts.

Monthly Markets Memo - June 2017

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Market Update

Through much of the year the international equity markets have easily outpaced the domestic U.S. equity markets.  This past month, however, saw a break in that trend with the U.S. outperforming international equities as both groups moved higher.  Despite this, both developed and emerging international equity markets are well ahead of their U.S. counterparts on a year-to-date basis.

Monthly Markets Memo - May 2017

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Market Update

As we work our way through earnings season, companies are broadly reporting growth in both revenues and net income that is higher than what analysts expected.  Despite this positive news, investors have been reassessing their growth and inflation expectations as the feasibility of the Trump administration’s pro-growth agenda is being called into question.  This move has benefited the fixed income markets with yields declining off their recent highs.   

Market Minute - May 5, 2017

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History of the Option Market

Option contracts trace their origins back to ancient Greece where they were used to speculate on the olive harvest.  If someone thought the harvest in a given year was going to be plentiful, they paid the owners of the olive presses for the right to use them in the future.  If they were correct and the harvest was large, then the rights to use those olive presses would be very valuable and could be sold for a profit. 

Monthly Markets Memo - April 2017

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski & Scott Rosenquist, CFA®

Market Update

The U.S. Equity markets had a good start to the year adding to the post-election rally.  Much of the performance was attributed to an improving economy and the potential of regulatory and tax reforms contained within the new administration’s agenda.  More recently however, the U.S. equity markets have hit the pause button, seemingly taking a breather while assessing the feasibility of these reforms. 

Monthly Markets Memo - March 2017

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski & Scott Rosenquist, CFA®

Market Update

The post-election rally may be over for now.  Over the past month, the major U.S. Indices are mixed.  Large companies represented by the S&P 500 Index are up a little over 1%.  At the same time, mid and smaller sized companies, represented by the S&P 400 and Russell 2000 respectively, were slightly negative over the past month. 

Market Minute - March 31, 2017

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Free Cash Flow

One sign of a healthy business is the amount of cash it produces from its operations. The cash from operations minus any investments to maintain the business (capital expenditures) is considered free cash flow (FCF).  

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