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, May 26, 2020

Presented by Mark Gallagher General Market News • The 10-year Treasury yield opened at 0.65 percent on Monday morning before bouncing up to 0.70 percent. The 10-year traded between 0.59 percent and 0.75 percent last week. The 30-year opened at 1.42 percent, and the 2-year opened at 0.18 percent—both higher than where they ended last […]

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Weekly Market Update, May 18, 2020

Presented by Mark Gallagher General Market News • On Tuesday, May 12, the Treasury issued new 10-year debt, which led yields to drop from 0.70 percent to 0.58 percent before bouncing back to current levels on Friday. The 10-year Treasury yield opened at 0.64 percent on Monday. The 2-year yield opened at 0.14 percent, and […]

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Weekly Market Update, May 11, 2020

Presented by Mark Gallagher General Market News • The 10-year Treasury yield spiked to 0.74 percent last week before dropping to 0.60 percent on Friday and opening at 0.68 percent on Monday. The 2-year yield opened at 0.15 percent, while the 30-year yield opened at 1.40 percent. April’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), Producer Price Index […]

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Market Update for the Month Ending April 30, 2020

Presented by Mark Gallagher Markets rebound in April Equity markets saw a swift recovery in April, as progress toward slowing the spread of the coronavirus gave hope to investors. The S&P 500 rose by 12.82 percent, marking the best monthly gain since 1987. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gained 11.22 percent for the month, […]

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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, 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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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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