Weekly Market Commentary 7/15/24

Weekly Market Commentary 7/15/24

THE MARKETS Will deflation continue? In May, Pew Research asked Americans about the biggest problems facing our nation. The top three answers were: Inflation; The ability of Democrats and Republicans to work together; and The affordability of health care. Last week,...
Weekly Market Commentary 7/8/24

Weekly Market Commentary 7/8/24

THE MARKETS Despite some volatility, stock markets have been buoyant in 2024. Enthusiasm for artificial intelligence (AI), optimism about inflation, and expectations that the United States Federal Reserve (Fed) will begin to lower rates this year have helped global...
Weekly Market Commentary 7/1/24

Weekly Market Commentary 7/1/24

THE MARKETS Some good news and some volatility. Last week was a mixed bag as investors weighed positive economic news against concerns that stock prices for some chipmakers may not be sustainable. Here are the highlights: Inflation slowed to zero.On Friday, one of the...
Weekly Market Commentary 6/24/24

Weekly Market Commentary 6/24/24

THE MARKETS Are we at an inflection point? The transition to renewable energy has been moving forward and may be reaching an inflection point. In 2023, global renewable energy capacity increased by almost 50 percent, reported the International Energy Agency (IEA)....
Weekly Market Commentary 6/17/24

Weekly Market Commentary 6/17/24

THE MARKETS Inflation is lower – and so are some retail prices. There was a lot of good news last week about the cost of products and services in the United States. First, inflation is slowing down. For the second month in a row, inflation slowed. Headline inflation...
Weekly Market Commentary 6/10/24

Weekly Market Commentary 6/10/24

THE MARKETS Another record high for the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index! Last week, the S&P 500 Index hit its 25th record high for 2024. Investor enthusiasm for artificial intelligence helped drive the index to a new high. About 30 percent of the...