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 3, 2020

Presented by Mark Gallagher General Market News • Treasury rates reached historical lows last week as the 10-year yield slid to 0.51 percent. The 30-year touched 1.20 percent, its lowest level since April, and the 2-year reached its new low of 0.10 percent on Monday. Poor gross domestic product (GDP) numbers from last week, combined […]

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Weekly Market Update, July 27, 2020

Presented by Mark Gallagher General Market News • The 10-year Treasury yield fell to 0.55 percent last week, slightly above the historical low of 0.54 percent reached on March 9. It opened at 0.57 percent on Monday. The 2-year yield opened at 0.14 percent, and the 30-year yield opened at 1.21 percent. With short-term rates […]

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Weekly Market Update July 13, 2020

Presented by Mark Gallagher General Market News • Rates moved lower last week, reaching their lowest point since March, with the 10-year Treasury yield closing at 0.56 percent Friday and opening at 0.62 percent on Monday. The 30-year opened at 1.34 percent on Monday, having closed at 1.24 percent on Friday. The 2-year also reached […]

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Weekly Market Update, July 6, 2020

Presented by Mark Gallagher General Market News • The 10-year Treasury yield opened at 0.68 percent on Monday, while the 30-year opened at 1.44 percent and the 2-year at 0.15 percent. The 10-year and shorter part of the yield curve remain lower as uncertainty and near-term concerns about the economy linger. Meanwhile, the 10- to […]

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MARKET OBSERVATIONS

Market Thoughts for January 2020

Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s CIO, recaps the market and economic news for December. It was a great close to 2019, with U.S. markets up more than 20 percent and international markets showing double-digit gains. Job growth was strong, and, for the ninth month in a row, income and spending went up. New home sales were at […]

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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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MARK'S MESSAGE

Coronavirus Update, June 12th 2020

In this video available at https://vimeo.com/428236152 , Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s CIO, provides an update on the coronavirus pandemic, including the economic and market implications. The virus remains under control, with the case growth rate at about 1 percent per day and daily case growth at about 20,000 per day. But while we didn’t see any […]

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Coronavirus Update, April 09, 2020

Presented by Mark Gallagher, I would like to offer you the opportunity to hear thoughts from Brad McMillan, managing principal and chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial Network®, our Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer. In this video, available at https://vimeo.com/408420489, Mr. McMillan provides an update on the coronavirus crisis, including its effects on the economy and markets. […]

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Tax Organizer

Click link below to download a PDF of our Tax Organizer 2019 Tax Organizer (CLICK HERE) The 2020 tax filing season is the 2nd year after the sweeping federal tax reforms passed by congress. Once again, many of our clients will be utilizing the standard deduction at the federal level, while still being able to […]

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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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