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, February 11, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher General market news   • Rates continued to move lower last week, as the 10-year U.S. Treasury reached its lowest point in more than a month at 2.62 percent. The low for the 10-year in 2019 is 2.55 percent (on January 3). Over the past 12 months, the 10-year is down 20 […]

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Market Update for the Month Ending January 31, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher New year kicks off with stock market rebound Markets around the world had a great start to the year, with almost everything going up. Here in the U.S., the Nasdaq Composite led the pack with a return of 9.79 percent. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) were close […]

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Weekly Market Update, January 28, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher General market news • The 10-year U.S. Treasury has been bouncing between 2.70 percent and 2.75 percent since January 8. It opened early Monday at 2.74 percent, while the 2-year opened at 2.60 percent and the 30-year opened at 3 percent. Parts of the curve remain inverted as rate investors wait […]

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Weekly Market Update, January 22, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher General market news • Rates moved up for the second week in a row, reversing some of the decline we experienced at the beginning of the year. The 10-year Treasury opened the week at 2.75 percent, while the 30-year opened slightly higher at 3.07 percent and the 2-year opened at 2.59 percent. […]

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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

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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