THE BLOG

Offering market updates from our partners at Commonwealth as well as knowledge and insight for our clients from Gallagher himself.

MARKET UPDATES

Weekly Market Update, August 12, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher General Market News • U.S. Treasury rates fell considerably over the past two weeks. In fact, they fell at the fastest pace we’ve seen in some time and are now below where they were prior to the 2016 election. The 10-year Treasury yield is trading at 1.68 percent, quickly approaching its all-time […]

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Market Update for the Month Ending July 31, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher Positive July for U.S. markets Markets had a solid start to the third quarter, with all three major U.S. indices showing gains for July. The S&P 500 returned 1.44 percent during the month, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 1.12 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite gained 2.15 percent. This positive […]

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Weekly Market Update, July 22, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher General Market News • Rates fell across the curve last week, with the largest declines on the short end of the curve. The 10-year Treasury yield opened the week at 2.04 percent, and the 30-year opened at 2.56 percent. • Markets were down on the week. The technology sector was dragged down by […]

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Weekly Market Update, July 15, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher General Market News • Last week, rates moved higher across the curve. The 10-year opened on Monday at 2.11 percent, while the 30-year opened at 2.64 percent and the 2-year opened at 1.83 percent. • U.S. indices continued their streak of gains last week, with the S&P 500 closing above the 3,000 level. […]

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MARKET OBSERVATIONS

Market Observations for February 2019

Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s CIO, recaps the market and economic news for January. It was a great month for the financial markets. Despite the government shutdown, signs of an economic slowdown, and dropping consumer and business confidence, U.S. and international markets were up. Plus, job and wage growth were strong, and companies made more money than […]

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Market Observations for January 2019

Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s CIO, recaps market and economic news for December. It was another bad month in a string of bad months, with U.S. markets down about 10 percent and international markets faring only a bit better, down 5 to 6 percent. A combination of bad news, from a government shutdown, to the ongoing trade […]

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Weekly Market Update, August 27, 2018

Presented by Mark Gallagher General market news   • On Monday morning, the 10-, 30-, and 2-year Treasuries opened at 2.81 percent, 2.96 percent, and 2.62 percent, respectively. The spread between the 2- and 10-year notes is again at its flattest level in this economic cycle. Historically, an inverted yield curve—where rates on the short end […]

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Market Observations for July 2018

Presented by Mark Gallagher   Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s CIO, recaps the market and economic news for June. It was a mixed month, as U.S. markets went down with the Dow and up with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq. Bond markets pulled back a bit on rising rates. There was also pullback abroad, in both […]

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MARK'S MESSAGE

2019 Midyear Outlook: A Story of Headlines Vs. Fundamentals

Presented by Mark Gallagher At the end of last year, the big question was, “Will 2019 bring the end of the recovery?” All of the data seemed to point to an answer of “Not yet.” And so far, that answer still holds. The big picture suggests growth is likely to continue for the rest of […]

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Planning Your Charitable Giving for 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher A new year has begun. It’s time to evaluate what worked well for you financially in 2018 and whether you need to make any changes for 2019. As you do that, you’ll want to put together a plan for this year’s charitable giving. A good place to start the process is […]

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2018 Market Drawdown: Is This Still Normal?

Presented by Mark Gallagher As we look back on the year, the market continues to drop. Plus, the major U.S. stock market indices are now in or approaching bear market territory (i.e., down 20 percent or more). As such, there is a real concern that this drawdown signals something even worse ahead. Worry levels are […]

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2018 Outlook: Moving into the End of the Cycle

Presented by Mark Gallagher As 2018 begins, the good economic news continues. Companies are hiring, both consumers and businesses feel confident, and economic growth is good and getting better. Even as conditions remain very positive, though, there are signs that the trend is changing. Job growth is slowing as we run out of available workers, […]

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