The Final Stretch

It looks like the stock market got a shot of holiday cheer as major U.S. indexes logged better than 3% gains last week. The Dow is now up 6% for the year, and the S&P 500 is back in positive territory. While many were calling for a so-called “Santa Claus rally,” others were concerned that … Read more

It's Time to Shift Your Focus

Each week, through this commentary, we aim to bring you a brief summary of the most important financial-related news. Our primary goal is to educate you about factors that have the potential to affect your investments, and to help you cut through all the media clutter to find some clarity. Sometimes, finding that clarity can … Read more

Naughty or Nice?

Yet again, investors found themselves watching Europe last week – no surprises there – and were apparently pleased with what they saw. Word of a “new deal” incited a rally in stocks Friday that pushed the Dow Jones industrial average up 187 points, or 1.6%, the S&P 500 up 21 points, or 1.7%, and the … Read more

Don't Be Fooled by Fickle Markets

From the worst Thanksgiving week since 1932 [1], to the best weekly gain since 2009, last week illustrated how fickle the stock market can be. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 7% for the week, bouncing back from a 5% loss the previous week on news about… are you ready for it… positive developments … Read more