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, November 28, 2022

Presented by Mark Gallagher                                   General Market News After the Federal Reserve (Fed)’s fourth consecutive rate increase of 75 basis points (bps), the recently released minutes from the early-November meeting indicate that most Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members could support dropping to a smaller rate hike when they reconvene in December. “A substantial majority of […]

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Weekly Market Update, November 21, 2022

Presented by Mark Gallagher General Market News Despite seeing some recent data that potentially points to a slowing pace of inflation, there is still tightening to be done. Core Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for October increased 0.3 percent month-over-month, but Federal Reserve (Fed) officials have indicated that this better-than-expected result should not be seen […]

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Weekly Market Update, November 14, 2022

Presented by Mark Gallagher                                   General Market News The Consumer Price Index (CPI) surprised markets last week with headline—which rose 0.4 percent month-over-month against an expected 0.6 percent gain—and core—which rose 0.3 percent month-over-month (excluding food and energy) against an expected 0.5 percent gain—numbers. These results were driven by a decline in prices for used vehicles, […]

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Weekly Market Update, November 7, 2022

Presented by Mark Gallagher                                   General Market News Last Wednesday brought the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)’s latest rate decision where it hiked the policy rate by 75 basis points (bps) for the fourth consecutive time. This brought the upper target of the central bank’s rate up to 4 percent for the first time since January […]

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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

2021 Tax Organizer

CLICK HERE -> Generic Tax Organizer 2021 <- FOR THE 2022 TAX SEASON   Another tax filing season is fast-approaching.  We hope your 2022 new year is off to a great start.  Our entire staff appreciates having you among our good and loyal clients – thank you! As was the case last year, Gallagher Financial […]

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2020 Tax Organizer

Click here -> Generic Tax Organizer 2020 for the 2021 Tax Season After a rollercoaster year, the 2021 tax filling season is fast-approaching once again. Without a doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced a paradigm shift in our daily routines! As we all adapt to what’s been deemed “the new normal”, Gallagher Financial Services is […]

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Charitable Giving Incentives Under the CARES Act

Presented by Mark Gallagher With many individuals and families facing catastrophic hardships because of the COVID-19 pandemic, charitable giving to those most adversely affected has become increasingly important. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted in March 2020, included tax provisions designed to incentivize individuals and companies to make charitable contributions in […]

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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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