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  1. It looks like 2018 wants to be like 2017

    Stocks rallied to start the New Year so the 2017 momentum has rolled over into 2018. The Dow gained 105-points or 0.42%, and while we've seen some recent years start with losses, this one clearly broke that trend, and it could be a good sign for the new year, but we have to get through the week before the January barometer kicks in. ...
  2. 2017 will be a tough act to follow

    Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks for being with us!

    Stocks were down on Friday, with a late dip into the close pushing the Dow down to a triple digit loss of 118-points on the final trading day of the year. It may have just been a case of unwinding losing positions, or just flattening out accounts for tax purposes, but it was certainly a stark move as volatility spiked near the close. The I-fund held up well because ...
  3. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Traders took a breather following the long Christmas weekend. For most of the short week the volume was low and the S&P 500 traded nearly flat. Stock saw some momentum into Thursday's close but that was quickly lost on Friday followed by a sell-off into Friday's close to give the index a modest loss for the last week of the year.

    U.S. stocks were alone with this action as international stocks had a productive end to the year adding nearly 1% to the I-fund. Bonds were also up for the ...
  4. Are profit takers waiting for January because of tax rates?

    Stocks were up early on on Thursday but another late rally from stocks on Thursday moved the indices deeper into positive territory and we saw respectable gains across the board by the close. The Dow gained 63-points with gains in the 0.15% to 0.30% range for many of those indices. Small caps (actually it was the mid-caps) led and the Transports were down.
  5. Action continues to be flat

    Another flat day for stocks yesterday with a very late push higher moving the indices into positive territory. The Dow gained 28-points while the S&P 500, Nasdaq, small caps, and the I-fund all added less than 0.1% on the day. Bonds actually outperformed yesterday as yields moved sharply lower. ...
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