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Revisiting How a Market Rally Begins and Sustains – 2017


Published May 18, 2018

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This week we bring you a revisit to a prior article from January 2017. Recall that in January 2017 we were in the early days of the new Trump administration. Stocks had popped higher on expectations for a more business-friendly government (and later continued higher on a surge in corporate earnings and a rare (and brief?) period of synchronized global economic growth). (more…)

Weekly Update

Why worry?


Published February 17, 2017

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After two months spent churning around while the Nasdaq index caught up, stocks have powered upward so far this month. With this second leg of the post-election rally kicked off, investors have a substantial fear of missing out (FOMO as the social media set would call it). This self-reinforcing ebullience has pushed volatility to extremely low levels. As Chart 1 below from Charlie Bilello shows, the S&P 500 has set a record for the number of days without even a +/-1% move, a record that now stands at some 44 days, a full 10 days or almost 30% longer than the prior record. (more…)