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Losing Streak

Losing Streak

  The U.S. stock market has had a rough couple of weeks. Well, more than just a couple. Our Chart of the Week above shows the weekly returns for the S&P 500 this year. The index has now closed lower for its seventh week in a row. You would have to go all the...

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More Lending, Less Liquidity

More Lending, Less Liquidity

  When a bank makes a loan, it provides money for commerce and greases the gears of our economic machine. But this increased liquidity for the economy does not necessarily translate into increased liquidity for the stock market. Why? Because banks typically do...

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Losing Gains

Losing Gains

OVERVIEW   The S&P 500 index of large U.S. stocks fell 3.05%, its seventh straight week of declines. That’s the index’s longest losing streak since the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 2.9%, its eighth-straight weekly...

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Not Finishing

Not Finishing

  You’ve heard the saying: Don’t start something you can’t finish. Well, it appears that U.S. homebuilders are not heeding that advice. As our featured chart of the week above shows, the gap between the number of new home constructions started and the number of...

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The Trend Tires Out

The Trend Tires Out

  When you look at a graph of the stock market, or, more specifically, an index of stocks—like a global stock market index—you notice that it tends to travel in trends over time. Sometimes it trends up, and sometimes it trends down. Coming out of the pandemic...

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Market Update – May 2022

Market Update – May 2022

Watch our May 2022 Market Update where David Nelson and Jacob Woodcock discuss the data they are watching as the markets experience heightened volatility.

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Mortgage Rates

Mortgage Rates

While housing in the US still seems to be going strong, some forces are starting to create headwinds. James Nelson joins Local 4 News to explain which dynamic is having the most impact on the industry.

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Don’t Fight the Fed or the Tape

Don’t Fight the Fed or the Tape

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market continued to show weak price action last week. The S&P 500 fell 2.41%, its sixth straight week of losses. The Dow dropped 2.14%, and the Nasdaq declined 2.8%. Foreign stocks are in a slump as well. Developed country stocks...

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Evaporating Liquidity

Evaporating Liquidity

  This week’s chart looks at what is called the “term premium” on U.S. government bonds. A term premium is the extra return bond buyers demand to hold a long-term bond instead of a series of short-term bonds. All else equal, term premiums on longer-term bonds...

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