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Still Underwater

Still Underwater

  This week we look at a chart of the Bloomberg Commodity Index, a benchmark index that tracks the performance of the entire commodity market. The index itself is broken down into six major commodity groups: energy, grains, industrial metals, precious metals,...

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Consistent Momentum

Consistent Momentum

  Momentum is an important concept in financial markets. Sure, if you look at a chart of a broad stock market index like the S&P 500, the price seems to squiggle up and down erratically, sometimes with no clear direction as to where it’s headed. But if you...

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Born to Shop

Born to Shop

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks surged ahead last week, with the S&P 500 gaining 1.82%, the Dow rising 1.58%, and the Nasdaq increasing 2.18%. Growth stocks led the way, rising 2.57% versus the 1.33% gain for value stocks. Small caps lagged, gaining just 0.39%....

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Running Hot

Running Hot

  Inflation. It’s been a big topic of discussion this year because it’s been rising at a pace that we haven’t seen in this country in 30 years, as shown in our chart above. This chart shows the U.S. Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Index. It measures...

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Industrial Production

Industrial Production

  This week’s featured indicator focuses on industrial production, or how much physical stuff is produced in the economy. It includes everything from prescription medicines, cell phones, and TVs to nuggets of gold, steel bars, and planks of wood. Despite our...

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Moving Towards the Middle

Moving Towards the Middle

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market rebounded last week with all three major indices in the green. The Dow saw the biggest gains, rising 1.22%, the S&P 500 gained 0.79%, and the Nasdaq brought up the rear with a 0.09% gain. Growth stocks lagged, rising about...

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Battered Bonds

Battered Bonds

  Bonds have really struggled this year. Globally, they are down about 4.2%, as represented by the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index shown in the chart above. The index is on track for its worst annual return in roughly two decades, and it’s well...

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The 2-Year Yield Indicator

The 2-Year Yield Indicator

  One of the primary ways the Federal Reserve influences the economy is through interest rates. By setting the overnight funding rate that banks use to borrow and lend to each other, the Fed can influence other interest rates in the economy. However, there is...

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Money in the Bank

Money in the Bank

  Americans have seen their net worths surge over the past year and a half, thanks largely to gains in stock prices and swelling home values. However, they also have an incredible amount of cash lying around too. Last Thursday, the Federal Reserve reported that...

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