Read our current weekly market commentary

Close Icon
   
Contact Info     630-325-7100
15 Spinning Wheel Dr.
Suite 226
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Toll Free 888-325-7180

Category Archives: European Central Bank

Stronger than expected earnings boost stock prices

We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest. – Warren Buffett All three of the major stock averages hit record highs last week but only the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite Index finished in positive territory. The Nasdaq was so strong that it […]

Take a Tour 

Stocks post modest gains on jobs report, improved economic data

Speculation is an effort, probably unsuccessful, to turn a little money into a lot. Investment is an effort, which should be successful, to prevent a lot of money from becoming a little. – Fred Schwed Jr., professional trader and author of the book Where Are the Customers’ Yachts? The major stock averages closed modestly higher […]

Take a Tour 

Stocks close lower as global central banks become hawkish

Investors should be skeptical of history-based models. Constructed by a nerdy-sounding priesthood using esoteric terms such as beta, gamma, sigma and the like, these models tend to look impressive. Too often, though, investors forget to examine the assumptions behind the models. Beware of geeks bearing formulas. – Warren Buffett What a difference a week makes. […]

Take a Tour 

Technology-laden Nasdaq plunges on valuation concerns

It amazes me how people are often more willing to act based on little or no data than to use data that is a challenge to assemble. – Robert Shiller It was a tale of two markets this past week with the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index plunging 1.6% and the S&P 500 Index posting only […]

Take a Tour 

Major stock averages close at record highs despite lackluster jobs report

Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble. – Warren Buffett All three major stock averages closed at record highs last week as investors continued to hold out hope that economic growth would begin to accelerate, with or without help from President Trump’s pro-growth policies. The year is almost […]

Take a Tour 

S&P 500 winning streak ends as Fed rate hike looms

The minute you get away from the fundamentals – whether it’s proper technique, work ethic, or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing. – Michael Jordan The S&P 500 Index celebrated the eight-year anniversary of the bull market this past week but closed modestly […]

Take a Tour 

Dow closes above 21,000 on President Trump’s speech to Congress

Investing is not nearly as difficult as it looks. Successful investing involves doing a few things right and avoiding serious mistakes. – John Bogle With the help of a 300 plus point gain on Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its fourth consecutive weekly gain and ended the week slightly above 21,000. It wasn’t […]

Take a Tour 

Strong earnings fail to lift stocks as President Trump is sworn in

An investment operation is one which, upon thorough analysis, promises safety of principal and a satisfactory return. Operations not meeting these requirements are speculative. – Benjamin Graham Despite positive economic data and strong quarterly earnings reports, the major stock averages barely budged and ended the week modestly lower. The focus for investors was primarily on […]

Take a Tour 

Rally in stocks stalls despite strong earnings, positive economic data

We don’t get paid for activity, just for being right. As to how long we’ll wait, we’ll wait indefinitely. – Warren Buffett The major stock averages were mixed last week as both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index edged lower while the Nasdaq Composite Index bucked the trend and rose 1%, closing […]

Take a Tour 

S&P 500 closes at record high, fueled by post-election optimism

The idea that a bell rings to signal when investors should get into or out of the market is simply not credible. After nearly 50 years in this business, I do not know of anybody who has done it successfully and consistently. – John Bogle After seeing its winning streak snapped in the prior week, […]

Take a Tour