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Market Outlook – February 19, 2019

February 19, 2019 1:39 am Published by Comments Off on Market Outlook – February 19, 2019

This week we’re looking at: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims. U.S. weekly Initial Jobless Claims rose to 239k according to the latest available data for the week of 2/9/19, after hitting 253k two weeks ago at the tail-end of the U.S.… Read more


Market Outlook – February 11, 2019

February 11, 2019 1:35 am Published by Comments Off on Market Outlook – February 11, 2019

This week we’re looking at: U.S. Industrial Production Index – YoY. The U.S. Industrial Production Index is expected to increase by 0.2% in Jan. vs the prior month after rising by 0.3% M/M in Dec. The growth rate of Industrial… Read more


Market Outlook – February 4, 2019

February 4, 2019 10:20 am Published by Comments Off on Market Outlook – February 4, 2019

This week we’re looking at: MBA Mortgage Application Purchase Index. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Mortgage Application Purchase Index has rebounded sharply since the start of the year to some of the best levels recorded since 2009/2010. The sharp decline… Read more


Market Outlook – January 28, 2019

January 28, 2019 10:15 am Published by Comments Off on Market Outlook – January 28, 2019

This week we’re looking at: ISM Manufacturing PMI Index. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Purchasing Managers Index (PMI-Manufacturing) is expected to hold steady at 54.1% in January vs 54.1% in December. This should be seen as good news since… Read more


Market Outlook – January 22, 2019

January 22, 2019 10:15 am Published by Comments Off on Market Outlook – January 22, 2019

This week we’re looking at: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims. U.S. weekly Initial Jobless Claims declined to 213k last week, which should comfort investors concerned about rising risks of U.S. recession. Contemporary levels of Initial Jobless Claims are consistent with generational… Read more


Market Outlook – January 14, 2019

January 14, 2019 10:10 am Published by Comments Off on Market Outlook – January 14, 2019

This week we’re looking at: U.S. Retail Sales – YoY. U.S. Retail Sales are expected to increase by 0.2% in December vs the prior month after rising by 0.2% in November.  This would equate to a 4.5% growth rate year-on-year… Read more


Market Outlook – January 7, 2019

January 7, 2019 10:06 am Published by Comments Off on Market Outlook – January 7, 2019

This week we’re looking at: ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI.  The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Non-Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) is expected to pull back slightly to 59.0% in Dec. from the historically strong 60.7 reading in Nov.   This would provide… Read more


2019 Market Outlook – Two Diverging Scenarios to Watch In 2019

December 19, 2018 11:59 am Published by Comments Off on 2019 Market Outlook – Two Diverging Scenarios to Watch In 2019

As we enter 2019, SPIAS is keenly aware of investor sensitivity over the outlook for U.S. economic growth and the commensurate degree of investor confidence surrounding anticipated future corporate earnings growth. The Fed’s longstanding monetary policy normalization campaign, leading to… Read more


Michael Thompson

December 10, 2018 4:17 pm Published by Comments Off on Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson is President and Chairman of SPIAS. As a voting member of the Portfolio Strategy Committee, he is integral in influencing and facilitating the discussion and interpretation of market events that is cornerstone to the asset allocation decision making… Read more


Charlie Bassignani

December 9, 2018 4:16 pm Published by Comments Off on Charlie Bassignani

Charlie leads the Portfolio Management team and is primarily responsible for asset allocation, portfolio construction, and risk management. He is a voting member and chair of the Portfolio Strategy Committee, the group responsible for SPIAS’ asset allocation recommendations. Charlie has… Read more