Retirement Weekly

February 13, 2018

Special Update: Understanding Volatility – February 12, 2018

After months of relative calm, market fluctuations are causing many investors to wonder what is happening to the economy. Last week, the S&P 500 lost 5.16%, the Dow dropped 5.21%, and the NASDAQ declined 5.06%. The MSCI EAFE also gave back 6.19%. These losses pushed all four indexes into negative territory for the year.[i] In addition, the weekly performance included significant volatility … Read More
February 5, 2018

Markets Slide as Bond Yields Rise – February 5, 2018

After 4 straight weeks of gains, the markets have slipped. As of Friday, the S&P 500 lost 3.85%, the Dow dropped 4.12%, and the NASDAQ decreased by 3.53%.i International stocks in the MSCI EAFE also took a 2.78% hit.ii Domestically, the losses spanned sectors and asset classes. For the S&P 500, all 11 of the index’s industries lost ground last week. This decline came after the S&P 500 had its best January performance in over 20 years.iii Read More
January 29, 2018

Stocks Jump Again – January 29, 2018

Stocks had an impressive week yet again, as each of the domestic indexes reached record highs and gained at least 2%.[i] The S&P 500 added 2.23%, the Dow increased 2.09%, and the NASDAQ grew 2.31%.[ii] International stocks in the MSCI EAFE joined the growth, adding 1.49%.[iii] Read More
January 23, 2018

Stocks Up As Shutdown Looms – January 22, 2018

We’re only a few weeks into 2018, and stocks are showing quite a strong performance so far. Last week, major domestic indexes posted gains yet again, with all 3 up at least 5% this year. By Friday, the S&P 500 had added another 0.86%, and both the Dow and NASDAQ were up 1.04%.1 All 3 indexes hit new record highs at least once during the week.2Read More
January 16, 2018

Equities and Inflation Climb

Domestic markets continued their strong start to 2018, posting gains across the board for their 2nd week. The S&P 500 added 1.57% and closed at a new record high on Friday. The index just posted its best 10-day beginning to a year since 2003, with a 4.2% gain so far this year.[i] The Dow also hit a new record on Friday and gained 2.01% for the week.[ii] The NASDAQ increased by 1.74%,[iii] while international stocks in the MSCI EAFE joined last week’s gains, adding 1.20%.[iv] Read More
January 8, 2018

Special Update: 2017 in Review

In the final trading days of a strong 2017, U.S. indexes lost some ground. During the holiday-shortened week, the S&P 500 dropped by 0.36%, the Dow lost 0.14%, and the NASDAQ gave back 0.81%. Read More