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Fears of a China Bubble and Federal Reserve Tapering – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT053

Was it a stutter step or have markets lost their balance? Anybody who knows football can tell you a lot goes into every play. Strategy, practice, game review, and preparation all affect outcomes, as do decisions and execution during games. Many, many factors influence gains and losses on the field. Similarly, numerous issues affect the performance of stock and bond markets – a fact that became abundantly clear when pundits tried to explain last week’s market downturn. Here are a few of the things which may have helped put investors on the defensive last week: · Fears of a China

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Fiddles while the US Markets Rocket Forward – Guide Rock Weekly Market Commentary Jul 15 – FT035

One of these things is not like the other… If you find yourself humming that old Sesame Street standard when you think about financial markets and world economies, you’re probably not alone. To the consternation of many, the Dow Jones Industrials Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rocketed to new highs last week just as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut its global economic growth forecast for 2013 and 2014. Listen Mobile: Many in the media pointed fingers and announced, “That’s the problem right there!” Of course, the fingers were pointing at Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve

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Quantitative Easing, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is it Good or Bad and What is the Best Index to Follow? Guide Rock Weekly Market Commentary Jun 3 – FT030

The Fed will taper… the Fed will not… the Fed will taper… the Fed will not… Last week, investors and traders obsessed about the Federal Reserve and the possibility it might begin to end its quantitative easing program. The Fed began its first round of quantitative easing during the financial crisis in an effort to prop up the American economy. In general, quantitative easing helps increase money supply and promote lending and liquidity. Investors’ fears about what may happen when the program ends were apparent when, despite abundant positive economic news, major U.S. stock markets lost value last week. Listen

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Feb-18 Weekly Market Commentary from Guide Rock Capital – FT017

Weekly Market Commentary from Guide Rock Capital – February 18, 2013 Stocks delivered mixed performance last week. The Dow Jones Industrials and NASDAQ Indices moved lower while the Standard & Poor’s 500 and Russell 2000 Indices moved higher for the week. Stocks were helped by positive economic news in the United States, including modestly positive retail sales for January, improved consumer sentiment, and a decline in initial jobless claims. However, these positives were offset to some extent by concerns about weakness overseas. Germany reported that its economy contracted during the fourth quarter of 2012. It’s the country’s worst economic performance

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Jan-15 Weekly Market Commentary from Guide Rock Capital – FT013

The Markets Last week investors were turning to stocks. Was it the generally strong performance of stock market indices during 2012 or something else? Theories were abundant. Some speculated that the surge signaled: Renewed confidence in the American economy Relief that capital gains and dividend taxes remained constant for middle income Americans Faith in the ability of the American government to get things done Lack of attractive investment alternatives as the average yield on high-yield bonds fell below 6% for the first time ever Listen Mobile: There also was much discussion during the week about the contradictory messages coming from

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