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Q4 2023 Market Observations

by Chris Guinther, Senior Investment Strategist Let’s begin by noting the 2023 market numbers for Q4, as of the quarter’s close of December 31st:     The equity markets finished the year off on a  positive note and we think for … Read More

Market Observations Q3, 2023

By CHRIS GUINTHER, SENIOR INVESTMENT STRATEGIST & PORTFOLIO MANAGER Through September 30th, the returns for the various indices are as follows: As the market returns did weaken for the quarter, the major indices are still on the positive side for … Read More

2023 SECOND QUARTER MARKET OBSERVATIONS

by Chris Guinther – Senior Investment Strategist & Portfolio Manager   Let’s begin by noting the 2023 second quarter market numbers, as of the quarter’s close of June 30th.      An especially revealing statistic was the FANG+ index (Facebook, Apple, … Read More

MARKET OBSERVATIONS Q2 2023

By Chris Guinther, Senior Investment Strategist & Portfolio Manager   Let’s begin by noting the 2023 first quarter’s market numbers, as of the quarter’s close of March 31st:     Equity Investors — A Focus on Earnings Growth The stock … Read More

MARKET OBSERVATIONS Q1 2023

By Chris Guinther, Senior Investment Strategist & Portfolio Manager   Let’s begin by noting the 2022 fourth quarter’s market numbers, and those for the year in full, as of December 31:     As these numbers make plain, 2022 saw poor … Read More

Equity Outlook

CHRIS GUINTHER, Senior Equity Strategist and Portfolio Manager It’s 2022, not 2020, and my opinion is the odds that stocks will do well have fallen significantly.  After two really strong economic years during the Covid period, the Federal Reserve has … Read More

The World’s Greatest Race

BY CHRIS GUINTHER   The race to develop a Covid-19 vaccine is on… and we are optimistic about a solution within a year. With more than 6 million confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide and the number increasing daily, the race for … Read More

POT: It’s a real industry & Canada is pushing it

BY CHRIS GUINTHER Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001, but legal recreational use took longer to catch on. Public attitudes have changed and last year, Canada introduced legislation to allow recreational use. On Oct. 17, Canada joined … Read More

TARIFF WARS: Where Are We? Will History Repeat?

BY CHRIS GUINTHER President Trump is standing firm in a tariff battle with China, having imposed tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from most countries in the world. Further, he is threatening to pull out of an existing trade … Read More