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Thursday, August 13, 2020

The S&P 500 Index is a few points away from a new all-time high, completing one of the fastest recoveries from a bear market ever. But this will also seal the deal on the shortest bear market ever. Remember, the S&P 500 Index lost 20%...

Friday, May 8, 2020

Stocks have staged one of the strongest rallies ever since the S&P 500 Index’s bear market low on March 23. Some, including LPL Research, are worried that the rally may have come too far too fast given the economic realities...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

In just 13 trading days, the S&P 500 Index pulled back nearly 19% from its recent all-time highs, making this the fastest such move in stock market history. We all know why this happened, as concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus) and...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

On October 16, 2008 in an editorial for The New York Times, Warren Buffet, considered by many to be one of the greatest investors of his generation, repeated one of his favorite maxims: Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

News that the coronavirus—known as COVID-19—has spread to South Korea, Italy, Japan, and Iran, has led to massive selling around the globe, with many European markets closing down more than 4%. U.S. stock markets are...

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Friday, January 31, 2020

The Super Bowl Indicator suggests stocks rise for the full year when the Super Bowl winner has come from the original National Football League (now the NFC), but when an original American Football League (now the AFC) team has won,...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Fears that the deadly coronavirus would spread further around the globe intensified Monday and led to the biggest one-day drop in the S&P 500 Index since October 8, 2019. In fact, it was the first time the index moved 1% in either...

Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 was the year of the U.S. consumer. When the year started, trade tensions were heating up and recession calls had grown louder. Many investors saw the end of the business cycle coming as the expansion was on the cusp of becoming...

Friday, December 6, 2019

The U.S. job market bounced back in November. Nonfarm payrolls increased 266,000 last month, a 10-month high and well above consensus estimates for a 180,000 gain. September and October payrolls were also revised up by 41,000....

Thursday, November 7, 2019

“An object in motion tends to remain in motion along a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force.” Sir Isaac Newton What a year it has been for the bulls. The S&P 500 Index recently made four more new highs, and...

Monday, October 28, 2019

Financial BlogOctober 24, 2019 A U.S.-China trade truce wasn’t enough to spark global manufacturing activity in October. Manufacturing activity around the world remains sluggish despite trade progress, according to preliminary...

Thursday, October 24, 2019

“Everything is awesome, when you’re living out a dream.” The Lego Movie As the S&P 500 Index continues to flirt with new record highs, something under the surface is taking place that is making 2019 extremely special....

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

“The economy, stupid” — Phrase campaign strategist James Carville used to help Bill Clinton get elected in 1992. As Carville noted ahead of the 1992 election, the recession in 1990 and 1991 was top of mind for many...

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Well, that wasn’t the start to the fourth quarter that the bulls wanted. The S&P 500 Index has dropped at least 1% on consecutive days to start the fourth quarter for the first time in history. It was down about 3% after two days...

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced last week that she would support an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. We’ve received many requests from our LPL advisors asking what exactly this may mean for the stock...

Monday, September 30, 2019

Recent stress in the short-term repurchasing (repo) market has raised concerns about a potential “liquidity crisis” in the financial system. As shown in the LPL Chart of the Day, interest rates on repo market agreements...

Friday, September 20, 2019

September is historically known as one of the worst for stocks, yet in 2019 the S&P 500 Index is up 2.7% so far amid a sea of scary headlines. Incredibly, the S&P 500 has wavered less than 0.1% from its previous close 6 of the past 10...

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sticking near 3,000. U.S. stocks are slightly higher in early trading, as the S&P 500 Index appears set to test the July 26 all-time closing high at 3,025. Despite potential market-moving events, volatility has been largely absent from...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

It used to be, investors seeking steady income turned exclusively to bonds, whose regular interest payments provided a dependable income source, especially for retirees. But times have changed. With many retirements today lasting 30...

Monday, September 9, 2019

August Market Recap -What is Going On? We saw a strong first half of 2019, but as the summer comes to an end, it’s important to look at how the current political market might affect the rest of the year and beyond. Between...

Friday, June 21, 2019

Ancient Chinese merchants are said to have developed a unique way to manage their risk. They would divide their shipments among several different vessels. That way, if one ship were to sink or be attacked by pirates, the rest stood a...