Weekly Economic Updates

  • Weekly Economic Update: October 15, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close October 12, 2018)   Despite a surge at the end of the week, stocks plummeted last week. The major benchmark indexes all lost value, led by the small caps of the Russell 2000, which… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: October 8, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close October 5, 2018   Another tough week on Wall Street as stocks and long-term bond prices fell, pushing yields higher. While the major stock benchmark indexes lost value last week, the large caps of… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: October 1, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close September 28, 2018)   Rising interest rates and continued trade concerns put a damper on stocks last week. While not unanticipated, the Fed raised the federal funds target rate 25 basis points and intimated… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: September 24, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close September 21, 2018)   Performance of the benchmark indexes was a mixed bag last week. Maybe investors are becoming immune to the ongoing trade battle between the United States and China, as threats of… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: September 17, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close September 14, 2018)   Tech and foreign stocks led the way as the market rebounded from the prior week’s decline. The prospect of renewed trade talks between China and the United States eased investor… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: September 10, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close September 7, 2018)   Apparently, a strong labor report, which included increasing wages, couldn’t keep stocks from plummeting last week. The United States’ threat to raise tariffs on an additional $267 billion in Chinese… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: September 4, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close August 31, 2018)   Trade concerns pushed stocks lower at the end of the week, wiping out some early-week gains. Canada and the United States haven’t yet come up with a trade agreement, and… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: August 27, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close August 24, 2018)   Despite a week that included tariff trepidations and negative political headlines, investors celebrated last Friday as several indexes hit new highs. The S&P 500 reached its first record since January,… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: August 20, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close August 17, 2018)   The large caps of the Dow and S&P 500 got a boost from a tentative agreement between the United States and China to settle their trade dispute by November. Strong… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: August 13, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close August 10, 2018)   Despite the continued strength shown in corporate earnings reports, investors tempered their enthusiasm last week, sending the large caps of both the S&P 500 and the Dow downward. Ongoing tensions… Read More