Investment Insights

Monthly Markets Memo - June 2015

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Equity Markets Perspective

The S&P 500 index has moved forward a little over 3% while the international markets have fared better with many international markets moving up over 5% so far for the year. We think this may be just the beginning of international markets outperforming the U.S. markets for the next few years.

Monthly Markets Memo - May 2015

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Equity Markets Perspective

The international markets led the equity markets for the month of April. The pickup in the European economy along with word that Chinese monetary policy is becoming more aggressive seemingly convinced investors that even better times are ahead in these economies and markets. Here in the U.S. some mixed economic numbers resulted in the large capitalization companies advancing slightly while the small companies declined. 

Monthly Markets Memo - April 2015

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Global Equity Markets Perspective

We have had some interesting swings in the markets for the first part of the year due to some ‘mixed’ news regarding the direction of the global economy. Even with the increased volatility many equity markets were up in the first quarter with international markets leading the way. While the S&P 500 made a small gain it trailed many other equity market indexes due to the impact of the strengthening U.S. dollar and earnings declines in the energy sector.

Monthly Markets Memo - March 2015

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Global Markets Perspective

It was truly a case of ‘have’ and ‘have not’s when it came to the equity markets for 2014. The S&P 500 index gained over 13%, but many other global indexes lost money for the year. Most areas of the bond market performed well including the U.S. investment grade

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