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Markets Wobble on Quantitative Easing, Are the Markets like Sports? Guide Rock Weekly Market Commentary Jun 10 – FT031

Like a funhouse mirror, investors’ concerns about whether and when the Federal Reserve will begin to end its quantitative easing program contorted market responses to economic news last week. Unexceptional economic reports were treated as good news and pushed stock markets higher; strong economic reports were treated as bad news and pushed stock markets lower. Listen Mobile: Markets headed south mid-week, but responded positively to the U.S. May jobs report. It was a Goldilocks report – neither too weak nor too strong – which showed the Labor Department added slightly more jobs than expected in May. Apparently, investors thought the

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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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University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Survey and Phenomenon Called Heuristics – Guide Rock Weekly Market Commentary May-20 FT029

Much like elementary school children trying to capture the attention of someone they have a crush on, the American economy sent lots of mixed signals last week. Conflicting reports emerged about consumer sentiment during the week. The Conference Board, a non-profit research organization, reported consumers remained somewhat pessimistic about the direction of the economy. In contrast, the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment survey rose to a six-year high, according to ABC News. The Index moved from 76.4 in April to 83.7 in May indicating consumers are feeling more confident about the economy. Listen Mobile: On the employment front, more people

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The Fed Makes a Mistake and Reversion to the Mean – Guide Rock Weekly Market Commentary Apr-15 FT024

Last week, the term ‘Easy Money’ conjured both comedian Rodney Dangerfield and the U.S. Federal Reserve, and no one was certain how much respect either one should get. The Fed accidentally e-mailed its market-moving Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes to congressional staffers and trade lobbyists on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The minutes weren’t supposed to be released to anyone until Wednesday at two. Once the mistake was realized, the Fed released the minutes early on Wednesday morning. Listen Mobile:   Markets enthusiastically embraced the minutes which appeared to focus on the idea quantitative easing will continue. The Dow

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Positive Results for US Markets for Q1 2013 – Guide Rock Weekly Market Commentary Apr-01 FT022

U.S. stock markets finished the week – and the quarter – on a positive note. The Federal Reserve’s accommodative monetary policy and strong profit growth helped provide the lift needed to propel the S&P 500 Index to a record high. The Dow Jones Industrials Index also finished the week above its previous record close. For the quarter, the S&P 500 was up about 10 percent, the Dow was up about 11.3 percent, and the NASDAQ finished up about 8.2 percent. Listen Mobile: Despite the strong performance overall, markets were somewhat choppy during the week. Concerns about Cyprus and the Eurozone

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