Entries by Marcia Clark

September 2019 Market Review

Oil shocks, impeachment, and Brexit – Oh My! Key Takeaways U.S. stock and bond markets closed the 3rd quarter with an impressive – though volatile – year-to-date return. The S&P 500 index ended September up nearly 19%, the best 3-quarter return since 1997, while the Barclays Aggregate Bond index posted an outstanding return near 8%. […]

August market commentary

The U.S. stock market feasts on recession fears before regaining its risk appetite in late August Key Takeaways President Trump added, then delayed, another tariff on Chinese goods, exacerbating trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy. As talks with China resume, Britain’s new prime minister attempts to achieve a ‘hard Brexit’, […]

The bulls are back! But for how long?

Key Takeaways The U.S. economy just exceeded the record for the longest business cycle expansion since economists started recording expansions in the 1930s (120 months plus 1 day) Global trade tensions are impacting manufacturing sectors all around the world; only the U.S. and France show continued expansion, with Germany falling the most Despite these concerns, […]

April showers bring May flowers?…or thunderstorms??

Key Takeaways The stock market stumbled in May after strong performance in April. The decline was likely due to concerns over the impact of proposed tariffs on Mexican goods, especially given that Chinese trade negotiations are still unresolved. Treasury yields hit new lows in May as investors fled stock market volatility. However, a 10-year Treasury […]

April 2019 Market Commentary

April 2019 Market Commentary Key Takeaways 1st quarter GDP beat expectations at 3.2%, due in part to increasing net exports and inventories The U.S. stock market reached new highs as economic data and corporate earnings were stronger than expected, though stock prices of companies with disappointing results have been punished Despite slowing GDP in China […]

Market Volatility – “A Few Minutes with Marcia”

Volatility measures the frequency and magnitude of price movements, both up and down, that a financial instrument experiences over a certain period of time. The more dramatic the price swings, the higher the level of volatility. Learn the basics of market volatility with Marcia Clark, CFA, MBA. Watch: For those who prefer to read! Welcome […]

2019 Started with a Roar!

WSWA Monthly Market Commentary for February 2019 Key Takeaways Commodities took the lead in February with a year-to-date return of 13.14% as oil prices recovered from the supply/demand imbalance during the second half of 2018 The S&P 500 index is on pace for its biggest early-year advance in nearly 30 years, due in part to […]

WSWA Monthly Market Commentary

WSWA Monthly Market Commentary for January 2019 Key Takeaways All major asset classes were up strongly in January, one of the best yearly starts in recent memory, despite the month-long partial government shutdown in the U.S. and continuing uncertainty internationally about the economic impact of trade tariffs and the U.K. ‘Brexit’ negotiations Global real estate […]

Market Commentary – December 2018

Market Commentary – December 2018 Key Takeaways Though the U.S. stock market closed the year with its first annual loss since 2008 (S&P 500 -4.38%)(1), investors retained the vast majority of gains earned in 2017 (21.83%.) International stocks as measured by the MSCI EAFE(2) index were down -8.96%, giving up just over half of 2017’s […]