Author: Wade Balliet

Investment Insights: Between a rock and a hard place

Wade Balliet
Posted by Wade Balliet
Investment Strategy
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This weekly report presents insights from our Global Investment Management team. The S&P 500 Index sank 1.23% during trading hours Tuesday, the first daily decline of over 1% since October 11th last year. Markets seem to be reassessing near-term risks as oil slumps and the U.S. dollar continues a precipitous decline that started just over […]

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Investment Insights: Yellen’s magic trick

Wade Balliet
Posted by Wade Balliet
Investment Strategy
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This weekly report presents insights from our Global Investment Management team. As widely expected, the Federal Reserve voted to increase interest rates at its meeting Wednesday. The Fed made a clear effort to openly prepare markets for the move, and it seems to have paid off. The S&P 500 Index gained just over 60 basis […]

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Investment Insights: Animal spirits flying too high?

Wade Balliet
Posted by Wade Balliet
Investment Strategy
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The animal spirits that lifted the market to each new high may have hit their limits, as the S&P 500 Index has failed to advance the past few trading sessions and consumer confidence may be starting to lose momentum.

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Investment Insights: Into the gauntlet

Wade Balliet
Posted by Wade Balliet
Investment Strategy
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Potential policy is also causing notable changes internationally. For the first time, China has overtaken the U.S. and France to become Germany’s largest trading partner.

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