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Market Minute - June 9, 2021

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by Bob Veres with Insider Information

Market Jitters and Inflation Worries

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Monthly Markets Memo - May 24, 2021

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

The quarterly earnings season is nearly behind us, and the results have been generally positive.  At the time of this writing, 91% of the companies within the S&P 500 index have reported earnings.  As the quarter ended, earnings were estimated to have grown by 24.5% year-over-year during the first three months of 2021.  As of now, that growth rate is coming in closer to 50.3%, over double the initial estimates. 

Market Minute - May 13, 2021

by Scott Rosenquist, CFA​

April’s employment data released by the Labor Department last Friday missed expectations by a wide margin leaving many market observers asking what happened.  Payrolls increased by 266,000 compared to the nearly 1 million expected by economists.  March numbers were revised lower while the unemployment rate rose to 6.1% from 6.0%.  Job gains were concentrated in the leisure and hospitality sector as the economy reopens and restrictions are relaxed, while other areas saw decreases in employment.  Manufacturing and warehousing companies cut jobs in April. 

Return on Tax Investment

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Monthly Markets Memo - April 26, 2021

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

March retail sales surged 9.8% compared to the prior month, easily beating forecasts that averaged 6.1%.  The upside surprise is attributed to the stimulus cash consumers received earlier in the year.  In addition, the weekly jobless claims for the week ending April 10th dipped below 600,000 for the first time since the pandemic’s onset.  Delta Airlines announced that bookings in March had doubled compared to January.  With the vaccinated population increasing every day, the U.S. is eager to see an end to the social distancing recession, followed by an impressive restart of the service-sector businesses, leisure, and travel.  The months ahead will clarify the extent of the recovery, what it may mean for ongoing fiscal support, and the potential impacts on the markets. 

Market Minute - April 15, 2021

Vantage Financial welcomes guest contributions. Please know the information, opinions, and forecasts expressed in the article below are presented from unassociated parties and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Vantage Financial Partners Limited. This article is shared as general information only and should not be considered advice.​​

by Bob Veres with Insider Information

Shipping Costs

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by Bob Veres with Insider Information

Monthly Markets Memo - March 22, 2021

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

The rally in the equity markets paused last month as attention shifted towards policy and interest rates.  The broad market indices declined as interest rates began to quickly move higher.  While the S&P only slid about 4%, the technology-heavy Nasdaq index experienced a ~10% decline from its most recent peak.  The effect of higher rates depends not necessarily on how high the rates climb but on why those rates are moving higher, and more importantly how the Federal Reserve may react. 

Market Minute - March 10, 2021

by Scott Rosenquist, CFA​

The bond market is starting to take center stage as the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury briefly hit 1.60% in late February before backing off to around 1.50%.  The absolute level of interest rates is still low from a historical perspective, but the pace of the increase since the beginning of the year has startled the equity markets.  The 10-year Treasury was yielding below one percent at the beginning of the year.

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