Q1 2019 Commentary

Is the Global Economic Slowdown in the Past?   The financial markets over the past six months, with the general increase in volatility, have led investors to ...

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Recognition of Risk

Recognition of Risk

August turned in the weakest monthly performance for the stock market since 2012, with the S&P 500 declining by 6.03%, and the Dow Industrials declining by 6.57%(1). Interestingly, there seemed to be no major news event that can easily ...

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Opportunities Within the Oil Price Decline

Opportunities Within the Oil Price Decline

This year has been marked by volatile interest rates thus far making it challenging for income investors and managers alike.  The dramatic slump in oil prices since last June has weighed heavily on the energy sector, sending energy stock p...

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The Banking Transformation

The Banking Transformation

The banking sector is one of the oldest and most important sectors in the makeup of the U.S. economy. Because of this, Weatherstone follows the sector closely to determine whether it should be included in portfolios, and what, if any affect...

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Central Bank Side Effects

Central Bank Side Effects

Quantitative Easing (QE), the U.S. Federal Reserve’s (Fed) emergency economic stimulus bond-buying program since 2009, came to an end in October 2014. Results of the quantitative easing were an improved labor market, economic growth picke...

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Earnings & Slow Growth Headwinds

Earnings & Slow Growth Headwinds

The first quarter of 2015 is now in the books.  It was a choppy quarter with little return for the stock and corporate bond markets.  The stock market as measured by the S&P 500 gained less than 1% for the quarter, while experiencing ...

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