Market Recap

Many market strategists had predicted that volatility would return to the stock markets in 2015, and the 1st quarter proved them right as stocks plunged, soared and then plunged again. During the quarter, the dollar strengthened, oil weakened
The year 2014 certainly had its share of surprises and disappointments. Investors in large company domestic stocks were rewarded, yet again, while the international and emerging market indices suffered.
The 3rd quarter of 2014 was an interesting one to say the least as volatility returned to the stock market. While several pockets of the market enjoyed gains, other stocks struggled. The S&P 500 and the Dow (both of which track larger established companies) continued to outperform
The first half of this year’s market was enough to give ones portfolio whiplash, but it was one that ended up netting gains. As of June 30th, the S&P 500 had already logged 22 record highs, ending the first half up 6% while the Dow increased by only 1.5%. Both of these indices hit new highs in the
The 1st quarter of 2014 proved to be an interesting one for investors. So far, 2014 has been very different than 2013. The return for the S&P 500 for the 1st quarter of 2014 was 1.3% while it was almost up 10% for the same quarter last year.
What an incredible year 2013 was for the markets! There were many financial stories of interest, starting with the Fed. By providing us with cheap money and credit for the 5th straight year, the Fed assured that interest rates again remained near record lows, encouraging consumers to purchase big-ticket items like cars, which kept the U.S. factories humming.
During the 3rd quarter of 2013, we experienced quite a bit of drama as the standoff between the Republicans and the White House continued to capture the headlines on a daily basis. This was the first government shutdown in 17 years. On October 1, 2013 congressional Republicans forced
The 2nd quarter of 2013 was an interesting one to say the least. Markets were on edge every time the Fed made an utterance. The quarter, which ended on June 30, 2013, wasn’t as strong as the 1st, but the Dow still managed to post a 2.3% gain
The first quarter of 2013 was certainly one for record books! Stock indices finally returned to levels they had reached over 5 years ago. The Dow finally managed to get past its previous closing high of October 2007 and jumped 11.9% (including dividends) for the quarter, its best 1st quarter showing in 15 years.
There is no denying that 2012 was a much better year for stocks than 2011. Last year’s stock market performance was particularly impressive given all of the continuing economic problems in Europe, pre-election uncertainty and end-of-year fiscal cliff fears.