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TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Ups

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  1. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Welcome to October. Most were given their second reality check this year of the risk in stock investing. It was a case of the butterfly effect where the true beginning is nearly impossible to pinpoint but left investors and analysts pointing their finger at high bond yields sparking the technical unwinding of stocks. We saw small caps begin to unwind last week and finally large caps were unable to hang on. The sell-off started Wednesday and continued Thursday.

    Bonds were the safety ...
  2. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    The new quarter brought a new character to the market. Coming off a rise in interest rates from the Fed, economic data poured in suggesting a continuation of strong growth in the U.S. economy which gives the Federal Reserve more reason to keep raising rates. This triggered selling in small caps, large caps, and bonds. The bears took control of small caps (S-fund) right away for the first week of the 3rd quarter while large caps (C-fund) benefited from the rotation. Next to go was the bonds market ...
  3. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks opened down on Monday and the action was choppy to start the week with traders anticipating the FOMC meeting where a rate hike was expected from the Fed. The Fed did raise rates as expected which was followed by a sharp sell off in stocks and a rally in bonds. The knee jerk reaction from investors and computer programs was not likely from the rate hike, that was a near certainty, but rather from the more hawkish words of Fed Chairman Jerome Powell signaling the Fed is preparing to take the ...
  4. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Dynamic action in stocks kept traders guessing with a shaky start to the week leading to new highs in large cap indices. A weak start to the week was credited to more anticipated trade tensions with China. This set up a buying opportunity for dip buyers when actual new came out Tuesday. A broad rally Thursday pushed the S&P 500 to new all time highs.

    Solid gains were produced in large cap stocks despite being more negatively affected by additional tariffs. Small caps did have a positive ...
  5. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    The dip buyers went to work this week after a poor start to September. Stocks were up early and were able to build from there despite negative headlines like Hurricane Florence, but the lack of trade news gave the bulls a reason to put money to work, that is until Friday when a mid-day Chinese tariff headline pushed the indices down temporarily. All in all the S&P 500 produced gains everyday this week after losing value everyday last week. So we are back to where we started this month as
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