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, March 18, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher General market news   • The 10-year Treasury was down on Monday morning, opening at 2.58 percent. This is its lowest level since January 3, when it hit 2.55 percent. The 2-year, 5-year, and 30-year Treasuries opened at 2.43 percent, 2.40 percent, and 3.02 percent, respectively. The short end of the curve […]

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Weekly Market Update, March 4, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher General market news   • Rates rose higher late last week, as the 10-year Treasury moved from 2.65 percent to 2.76 percent and opened at those levels on Monday. The 30-year Treasury came in at 3.11 percent, while parts of the short end of the curve remained inverted. The 2-year Treasury opened […]

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Market Update for the Month Ending February 28, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher Another strong month for markets February was a short but sweet month for investors. U.S. equity markets followed up their strong performance in January with another solid month of positive returns. The Dow Jones Industrial Average led the way with a monthly return of 4.03 percent. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq […]

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Weekly Market Update, February 25, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher General market news   • Rates have risen slightly on the long end of the curve. The 10-year U.S. Treasury opened Monday at 2.67 percent, while the 30-year opened at 3.03 percent. The short end of the curve remained unchanged, with the 2-year starting the week at 2.50 percent. • The three major […]

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MARKET OBSERVATIONS

Weekly Market Update, February 19, 2019

Presented by Mark Gallagher General market news   • Rates remained largely unchanged last week. The 10-year U.S. Treasury opened this morning at 2.64 percent, while the 30-year opened at 2.98 percent. Rates moved higher on the long end of the curve at the beginning of the week, but these increases were offset by declines on […]

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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

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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