Tag Archives: Economy and Market from Here…at Hills

Aaron Schaefer

Feb 07 2018

A Message Regarding Recent Market Declines


Economy and Market Here at Hills

Recent market declines have reminded investors that stocks come with risk. After an unusual period of calm, the stock market experienced a decline of 8% over the last several trading days. The sell-off was triggered by concerns about rising interest …
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Aaron Schaefer

Jan 08 2018

The Economy and Market from Here… at Hills January 2018


The Economy and Market from Here...at Hills.

Global stock markets continued to tack on gains as a result of positive earnings reports and economic data that has surprised to the upside.  Recent economic reports saw consumer sentiment edge higher, existing home sales rise despite expectations, and initial …
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Aaron Schaefer

Oct 04 2017

The Economy and Market from Here…at Hills October 2017


The Economy and Market from Here...at Hills.

Domestic and International markets continued to gain ground despite a tumultuous quarter. Growing tensions with North Korea and two severe hurricanes that made landfall in Texas, the Caribbean, and Florida were not enough to keep markets from eclipsing record highs. …
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Aaron Schaefer

Jul 10 2017

The Economy and Market from Here…at Hills July 2017


The Economy and Market from Here...at Hills.

Despite disappointing economic growth in the first quarter and a string of uninspiring jobs reports, domestic stock markets continued reaching record highs.  The S&P 500 was up 3.09% in the 2nd quarter and has gained 9.34% year-to-date.  International markets rallied …
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Aaron Schaefer

Apr 10 2017

The Economy and Market from Here… at Hills April 2017


The Economy and Market from Here...at Hills.

The stock market continued its march upward in the first quarter. Domestic stocks as measured by the S&P 500 rose 6.07% through March 31st. International markets fared slightly better, as the MSCI EAFE rose 7.39% over the same period. These …
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Aaron Schaefer

Oct 05 2016

The Economy and Market from Here… at Hills October 2016


Economy and Market Here at Hills

BREXIT came and went with a lot of volatility.  Initially, global stock markets declined but reversed course quickly and have rallied throughout the rest of the summer.  The S&P 500 lost 5.3% following the election results, but immediately recovered and …
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Aaron Schaefer

Jun 24 2016

Brexit’s (British-Exit) Meaning for the Economy and Market


Brexit Meaning to the Economy and Market

On June 23, 2016 citizens of the United Kingdom voted on a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). The result came as a surprise to many economists and market analysts. The uncertainty caused by this vote sent shock waves …
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Aaron Schaefer

Apr 04 2016

The Economy and Market from Here… at Hills April 2016


Economy and Market Here at Hills

Global stock markets experienced one of the worst starts to a year ever.  Worries about slowing global economic growth precipitated by continued weakness in commodities was the main culprit.  All equities were affected as traders predicted a recession in the …
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Aaron Schaefer

Jan 05 2016

The Economy and Market from Here… at Hills


Economy and Market Here at Hills

Market volatility continued in the fourth quarter as market participants waited to see if the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) would raise short-term interest rates. After seven years of near zero, the FOMC did indeed raise the Fed Funds rate …
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Aaron Schaefer

Oct 01 2015

The Economy and Market from Here… at Hills


Economy and Market Here at Hills

On August 24th, 2015, the S&P 500 Index experienced a long-expected correction (a decline of at least 10%) from its high price achieved on May 21, 2015. Despite a few close calls, the S&P 500 had not experienced a correction …
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