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Monthly Archives: September 2011

5 Things You Need to Know to Ride Out a Volatile Stock Market

When markets become volatile, a lot of people try to guess when stocks will bottom out. In the meantime, they often park their investments in cash. But just as many investors are slow to recognize a retreating stock market, many also fail to see an upward trend in the market until after they have missed opportunities for gains. Missing out on these opportunities can take a big bite out of your returns…

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What are Low Treasury Yields Telling Us?

Just when you thought Treasury yields could not go lower, Treasury yields finished last week lower still. The Fed’s bold twist was the latest catalyst to send the 10-year Treasury yield further into record low territory while the 30- year Treasury bond yield fell within striking distance of its fall 2008 low. On the surface…

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www.mwboone.com/library/Bond_Market_Perspective_9_28_11

Europe’s Problems Are Manageable, but They Need to Be Managed

Last week, the S&P 500 Index dropped 6.5% to 1,136. The Index gave back the 5.4% gain achieved in the prior week, the third-biggest weekly gain since 2009, which had lifted the Index to the top end of the range at 1216. The volatility continues within the range of about 1120 to 1220 on the S&P 500, a range that has prevailed since early August…

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www.mwboone.com/library/Weekly_Market_Commentary_9_26_11

 

Hard Data Versus Soft Sentiment

Markets across the globe are still calling out for bold, coordinated policy actions here and abroad as participants await earnings results and guidance from Corporate America and another set of economic data for August and September in the United States. On the plus side, policymakers in Europe seem to be getting the market’s message…

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Providing Perspective on the Markets and Economy

Continued concern over the debt burden of the developed world combined with the deeply divided political landscape in Washington, D.C. has many investors questioning the sustainability of the economic recovery following the Great Recession of 2008.

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Let’s do the Twist

At the conclusion of this week’s Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) meeting, the Federal Reserve (Fed) will very likely announce Operation Twist. The operation would entail the Fed selling existing holdings of short-term Treasuries and using the proceeds to buy longer-term Treasuries, presumably with maturities of 5-years or longer. The Fed’s goal would be two-fold…

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www.mwboone.com/library/Bond_Market_Perspective_9_20_11

 

The 2012 Election is Very Consequential for Investors

Last week, seeking to avoid a government shutdown, the House Appropriations Committee introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) for fiscal year 2012, which begins on October 1, 2011, that would fund government agencies through November 18, 2011. Last year, the first of seven CRs …

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www.mwboone.com/library/Weekly_Market_Commentary_9_19_11

 

Costs and Benefits

Last week (September 12 – 16) was chock full of U.S. economic data for August and September which, on balance, painted a picture of an economy that was stagnant, but not rapidly deteriorating to the downside as it did in 2008. Still, the U.S. economy remains…

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Back to School with Municipal Bonds

Ongoing strength in Treasury prices and record low yields have provided a favorable tailwind to the municipal bond market for much of the summer. Despite price strength, municipal bonds failed to keep pace with Treasuries, causing municipal valuations to become more attractive. Nonetheless, municipal bonds have enjoyed good performance in 2011…

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Beyond the Near-Term Clouds the Outlook May be Brightening for Long-Term Investors

Friday’s (September 9, 2011) stock market loss erased last week’s gain. The S&P 500 ended the week at 1154, down 1.7%, near the middle of the range of about 1120 to 1200 that has prevailed since early August 2011…

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