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Weekly Market Review – 10/15/2018

As BCA so eloquently stated, ‘bond bears just mauled goldilocks.’  A disparity between the financial markets view of ‘high’ rates and what rates the economy may be able to withstand resulted in quite a ride for financial markets last week.  A disappointing U.S. Treasury auction Wednesday and rising Italian yields sent global equity volatility sharply…
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Weekly Market Review – 10/8/2018

The first week in October began with great news of a tri-party North American trade deal but sovereign checkbooks in Europe and a hawkish U.S. turned things south as the week progressed.  Italy’s push of the ECB envelope on budget deficit thresholds drove volatility higher, reminding us that European growth and political situation remain tenuous.…
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Weekly Market Review – 10/1/2018

Last week brought a full economic calendar, FOMC meetings, trade conflict, oil market turmoil, and difficult to watch partisan rancor in Washington.  U.S. equity markets traded down, finally seeming to acknowledge escalating trade conflict while European market volatility climbed on the rising populist tide in Italy.  Russia and Saudi Arabia decided to maintain production levels…
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Weekly Market Review – 9/24/2018

The week began and ended with tariff tensions as the primary market narrative but both international and U.S. equity markets rallied through the uncertainty - the DJIA finally joined all other U.S. equity indices above their January high water marks.  Rates continued their slow march higher and commodities rose, including oil back up over $70/barrel.…
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Weekly Market Review – 9/17/2018

Beyond U.S.-Sino/Canada trade disputes, big news items were in relatively short supply last week.  Risk markets posted respectable gains on the back of a strong calendar of U.S. economic releases and expectations of another strong quarter of corporate earnings.  Fed policy, inflation, and economic data will continue to be the focus until third quarter earnings…
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Weekly Market Review – 9/10/2018

September, owning the dubious historical distinction as the worst month of the year for equity markets, started out right on cue with equities trading off each of the first four days during the Labor Day holiday shortened week.  Maybe just an end of summer hangover but a more likely result is the crescendo of anxiety…
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Weekly Market Review – 9/3/2018

Stocks moved higher on the week benefiting from the prospects of a trade agreement with Mexico and hopes a Canadian deal will follow.  Growth stocks (consumer discretionary, technology) led the way with robust gains during the last week of summer while interest rates crept slightly higher.  It seems the incremental shift in the U.S. economy…
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Weekly Market Review – 8/27/2018

A patient Fed and supportive corporate earnings propelled U.S. equity markets to new record highs last week.  Risk markets maintained focus on policy and fundamentals, shrugging off ongoing trade conflict, tightening monetary policy, and mounting legal issues for the executive branch.  The yield curve flattened in sympathy with the Fed’s commitment to stay the course…
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Weekly Market Review – 8/20/2018

The U.S. economy is firing on all cylinders while the rest of the world is sputtering at the moment.  A strong U.S. dollar, volatility in Chinese financial markets, and a saga in Turkey have thrust themselves to the front of investors minds but did not get in the way of equity markets posting respectable gains…
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Weekly Market Review – 8/13/2018

Light summer trading volume, sparse economic calendar, and the tail end of second quarter earnings season didn’t provide much for markets to latch onto last week.  It looked like the S&P was set to take out the January record high until volatility picked up late Thursday/Friday on fears of contagion stemming from currency issues in…
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