Retirement Weekly

August 13, 2018

Stocks Up as Data Comes In – August 13, 2018

Stocks ended the week in mixed territory as trouble with Turkey’s currency affected U.S. equity performance on Friday, August 10. For the week, the S&P lost 0.25%, the Dow declined 0.59%, and the NASDAQ increased 0.35%. International stocks in the MSCI EAFE stumbled, giving back 1.57%. Read More
August 6, 2018

Stocks Up as Data Comes In – August 6, 2018

Domestic markets ended last week in positive territory, as the S&P gained 0.76%, the Dow was up 0.05%, and the NASDAQ increased 0.96%. This performance marked the 5th week in a row that the S&P 500 and Dow posted gains. Meanwhile, international stocks in the MSCI EAFE stumbled, losing 1.47% for the week. Read More
July 30, 2018

Examining Economic Growth – July 30, 2018

Markets experienced a push-and-pull last week between data indicating strong economic growth and lagging performance from several tech stocks’ earnings reports.  Domestic indexes had mixed results, as the S&P 500 gained 0.61%, the Dow was up 1.57%, and the NASDAQ dropped 1.06%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE had more of an uptick, gaining 1.32% for the week. Read More
July 23, 2018

Earnings Season Continues – July 23, 2018

On Friday, July 20, stocks lost a small amount of ground after President Trump escalated his threats of increasing tariffs on China. However, strong quarterly earnings reports from several large companies helped provide balance in the markets.  For the week, domestic indexes experienced little movement ... Read More
July 16, 2018

Special Report: Quarterly Update – July 16, 2018

Last week, trade tensions with China lessened somewhat, while the 2nd quarter corporate earnings season started with mixed results. Against this backdrop, domestic stocks experienced sizable growth. By market’s close on Friday, July 13, the S&P 500 was above 2,800 for the first time since .... Read More
July 9, 2018

Jobs Push Stocks Up – July 9, 2018

Domestic stocks only traded for 4 days last week, due to the Independence Day holiday. In that time, all 3 major domestic indexes posted positive results for the week. The S&P 500 added 1.52%, the Dow gained 0.76%, and the NASDAQ increased 2.37%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE were up as well by 0.56%. Read More
July 2, 2018

Trade and Tariffs Rattle Markets – July 2, 2018

International trade concerns continue to create uncertainty in markets around the world.  Despite the markets’ slight rises on Friday, June 29, they recorded losses for the week.   The S&P 500 fell 1.33%, the Dow gave back 1.26%, and the NASDAQ dropped 2.37%.  Internationally, the MSCI EAFE declined 1.10%. Read More
June 25, 2018

The Power of Corporate Earnings – June 25, 2018

Stocks stumbled across the globe last week as trade tensions continued to escalate. Despite rebounding somewhat on Friday, the S&P 500 experienced its first weekly loss in a month, and the Dow posted its worst week since March.  The S&P 500 dropped 0.89%, the Dow lost 2.03%, and the NASDAQ fell 0.69%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE gave back 0.98%. Read More
June 18, 2018

Trade and Interest Rates – June 18, 2018

Last week stocks showed mixed results as political headlines continued to dominate the news. The Dow lost 0.89% and the S&P 500 was almost flat with a 0.02% gain.  The NASDAQ, on the other hand, reached a record high on Thursday and ended the week up 1.32%.  Both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ experienced their 4th week of gains in a row.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE lost ground, posting a 0.52% decline. Read More
June 11, 2018

Strength, Growth, and Tension – June 11, 2018

As last week ended, tension between the U.S. and some of its greatest allies was on the rise. Trade remained a hot-button topic ahead of the G-7 meeting in Canada, but investors seemed largely unfazed by the drama.  In fact, all 3 domestic indexes posted strong results: The S&P 500 added 1.62% and the NASDAQ gained 1.21%, with both indexes notching their 3rd week of gains in a row.  The Dow ended Friday up 2.77% for the week—recording both its highest level and largest weekly gain since March.  International stocks were also up, with the MSCI EAFE increasing by 0.91%. Read More
June 4, 2018

Jobs Report Calms Volatility – June 4, 2018

Markets experienced heightened volatility last week, with the S&P 500 rising 0.49% and Dow dropping 0.48%. Meanwhile, the NASDAQ rose 1.62%, as international markets took a small dip, with the MSCI EAFE losing 1.10%. The markets’ highs and lows came from a variety of economic and geopolitical developments. The U.S. jobs report posted .... Read More
May 29, 2018

Stocks Up, Signals Mixed – May 29, 2018

Geopolitical uncertainty affected stocks last week, as the historic summit between the U.S. and North Korea began to look less likely. On Thursday, May 24, President Trump announced that the summit was off, and stocks stumbled in reaction. The next day, Trump said the meeting might still occur next month, leaving investors questioning the eventual outcome. Read More
May 21, 2018

Tackling Trade & Treasuries – May 21, 2018

Major domestic indexes went down last week after all three gained more than 2% the previous week.  The S&P 500 dropped 0.54%, the Dow gave back 0.47%, and the NASDAQ lost 0.66%.  International stocks also stumbled; the MSCI EAFE decreased by 0.61%. Two familiar topics were on many investors’ minds last week: trade and treasuries. Here is a recap of the key details and their market impacts. Read More
May 14, 2018

Markets Post Week of Growth – May 14, 2018

On Friday, the markets closed the week gaining traction. The Dow had 7 days of consecutive growth, rising 2.34%—its largest weekly gain since March.  Meanwhile, the S&P 500 rose 2.41%, the NASDAQ jumped 2.68%, and the MSCI EAFE increased 1.41%. Various factors came together to support the growth. From geopolitical topics to strong corporate earnings, we’ll focus on 3 key developments that drove movement. Read More
May 7, 2018

Examining Employment – May 7, 2018

Domestic indexes posted strong results on Friday, May 4, as the latest labor report data lessened investors’ concerns about inflation and interest rates. Nonetheless, stocks had mixed results last week. The S&P 500 dropped 0.24% and the Dow gave back 0.20%, which marked both indexes’ 2nd week of losses in a row. Thanks to a bounce in tech stocks, however, the NASDAQ gained 1.26%. International stocks in the MSCI EAFE decreased by 0.57%.   Read More
May 3, 2018

Earnings Rise, Stocks Stumble – April 30, 2018

We just finished the busiest week of 1st quarter earnings season, and although many companies shared positive results, stock indexes experienced modest declines.  The S&P 500 lost 0.01%, the Dow dropped 0.62%, and the NASDAQ gave back 0.37%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE decreased by 0.39%.   Read More
May 3, 2018

Examining Earnings & Yields – April 23, 2018

Stocks posted moderate gains last week, as the S&P 500 added 0.52%, the Dow increased 0.42%, and the NASDAQ rose 0.56%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE followed suit, gaining 0.41%.   Read More
May 3, 2018

Earnings Season Begins – April 16, 2018

Market volatility continues. Stocks slid on Friday, April 13, but still held on to gains for the week.  The S&P 500 increased 1.99%, the Dow added 1.79%, and the NASDAQ was up 2.77%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE also rose, gaining 1.45%.   Read More
May 3, 2018

Special Update: Quarterly Report – April 9, 2018

Domestic stocks lost ground last week as trade war concerns continued to rattle investors. With these declines, the Dow officially moved back into correction territory.  For the week, the S&P 500 lost 1.43%, the Dow dipped 0.95%, and the NASDAQ dropped 2.11%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE managed a 0.38% increase.   Read More
May 3, 2018

Markets Increase – April 2, 2018

Markets were closed on March 30 for Good Friday, but in the four days of trading, stocks recovered some of this year’s losses.  For the week, the S&P 500 added 2.09%, the Dow gained 2.67%, and the NASDAQ increased by 1.03%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE grew 0.81%.   Read More