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Q3 2018: Economic Commentary

Posted By Lineweaver Financial Group
July 06, 2018 Category: Q3, 2018, Economic Commentary, Market Review

Global financial markets posted mixed results during the second quarter of 2018 as investors balanced strong earnings, an improving labor market and better economic growth here in the U.S. with political turmoil in Europe and deteriorating trade relations worldwide. We present a few highlights from the 2Q18 below: Despite heightened geopolitical rhetoric, the S & P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite continued to trade near record highs amid positive economic data and strong corporate earnings. On the economic front, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 25 basis points in June to a range of 1.75% to 2%, and upgraded their assessment of U.S. economic growth. Consequently, the FOMC now anticipates raising interest rates four times in 2018.   Developed international equity markets produced mixed results during the second quarter on political turmoil in Spain and Italy, and rising trade tensions with the U.S. Gains came out of Europe, while the Pacific region lagged. On the political front, the prospect of new elections in Italy and a vote of no confidence against Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy renewed fears of a Eurozone breakup. In the emerging markets, returns were held back by weak performances from Latin America heavyweights Brazil and Mexico.   Within fixed income, results were mixed as the Fed raised interest rates and the U.S. dollar rose sharply against most major currencies. The 10-year U.S. Trea

3rd Quarter Market Commentary with Jim Lineweaver

3rd Quarter Market Commentary with Jim Lineweaver

Posted By Lineweaver Financial Group
October 26, 2017 Category: Market Commentary, Market Review, Third Quarter, 2017

Click below to join President and Founder Jim Lineweaver for his 3rd quarter market commentary. If you have questions about your portfolio, we’re here to help. You can contact us at 216.520.1711, email us at Quarterback@Lineweaver.net, or simply click

The Year in Review: 2016 Market Summary

Posted By Lineweaver Financial Group
January 12, 2017 Category: 1st Quarter, Newsletter, Market Review, 2016 Market, Market Update

It’s difficult to predict the market over the short term, and 2016 has proven that point. Here are a few things that surprised the markets this year. Interest rates remain mainly unchanged for the year. In December 2015 the Fed increased interest rates for the first time in 9 years, and indicated plans to raise rates slowly in 2016. Due to concerns about less than robust economic growth, rates have remained at historic lows. Only post-election have interest rate sensitive sectors moved in  response to anticipated rate increases in 2017. Late year rising bond yields during the quarter resulted in outright declines in bond-proxy sectors, such as utilities, staples, and real estate. In 2015 the China stock market declined, setting off global market declines and a return to volatility, but by late year that was all behind  us – or so we thought.  2016 started with another steep sell-off in the Chinese stock market which in turn caused global markets to sell off. World markets also tumbled after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Investors lost more than the equivalent of 2 trillion United States dollars on June 24, 2016, making this day the worst single day drop in history according to data from S&P Global. The losses were extended to a combined total of the equivalent of 3 trillion dollars by additional selling on June 27, 2016, also according to data from S&P Global. Fortunately, that sell-off was short lived, and within

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