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  • Weekly Market Performance – The Week Belongs to Technology and the Emerging Markets
    Market Blog 1/22/2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. US and International Equities The major market indexes finished the week higher. The tech-heavy NASDAQ had a solid week returning over 4%. In addition, many international markets followed in lockstep with their … Continue reading →
  • Real-time COVID-19 Data Suggests Final Peak May Be Here
    Economic Blog 1/22/21 It has been exactly one year since the first COVID-19 case in the United States was reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and to say the world as we know it has been completely changed … Continue reading →
  • Stocks Pausing Today | Daily Market Update
    Friday, January 22, 2021 Top Story Stocks take a pause as investors reassess risk appetite US stocks opened firmly lower after the S&P 500 Index reached another all-time high Thursday. European markets are lower in midday trading as the European … Continue reading →
  • Mortgage Rates Continue to Fall as the Housing Market Booms
    Economic Blog 1/21/21 The onset of the global pandemic shocked the economy and triggered one of the deepest recessions ever in 2020. As investors fled to “safe haven” Treasuries and the Federal Reserve (Fed) lowered interest rates, the yield on … Continue reading →
  • Low Rates Fuel Housing Boom | Daily Market Update
    Thursday, January 21, 2021 Top Story Low Mortgage Rates Add Fuel to Housing Boom The national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate continues to decline, falling below 2.9% as the housing market remains one of the hottest areas of the economy. … Continue reading →
  • Stocks Under President Trump | Daily Market Update
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Top Story Inauguration Day in the United States Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will become the 46th President of the United States today. He is expected to issue sweeping executive orders that focus on the environment, immigration, … Continue reading →
  • How Stocks Did Under President Trump
    Market Blog 1/20/2021 Today Joe Biden becomes the 46th President of the United States. We’ve already looked forward at what his presidency, coupled with a blue wave in Congress, could mean for policy in Market Policy Projections for 2021, so … Continue reading →
  • Credit Spreads Limit Bond Performance Outlook
    Economic Blog 1/19/2021 Investment-grade credit spreads, the extra yield you get from investment-grade corporate bonds compared to similarly dated US Treasuries, have already tightened to a level you usually only see during the middle of the economic cycle—and that can … Continue reading →
  • Stocks Open Higher | Daily Market Update
    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Top Story Market Signals Covers It All This week’s Market Signals podcast covers all the latest events impacting markets and the economy: Q4 earnings, a new stimulus proposal, the Democratic blue wave, and President-elect Joe Biden’s … Continue reading →
  • Weekly Market Performance – Small Caps and Energy Continue To Run
    Market Blog January 15, 2021 Index Performance US and International Equities The major market indexes finished the week lower. In addition, many international markets followed in lockstep with their US counterparts. Emerging markets (MSCI EM Index) outperformed developed international markets … Continue reading →