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**Christenson Wealth Management Weekly Commentary 12/31/2012

The Markets


“This too shall pass.”

--Ancient proverb


**Christenson Wealth Management Weekly Commentary 12/17/2012

The Markets


There they go again.


**Christenson Wealth Management Weekly Commentary 12/10/2012

The Markets

Another week is history and we’re another week closer to the “fiscal cliff.”

**Christenson Wealth Management Weekly Commentary 12/3/2012

The Markets

After all the huffing and puffing of the election, the fiscal cliff, and the Dancing With the Stars season finale, the U.S. stock market ended the month of November within 0.3 percent of where it started, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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With the election results now solidified, many of you are probably asking, “What now?” The short answer is: we’re awaiting the next move of the President and Congress. The fiscal cliff is likely the most pressing item confronting the President, a divided Congress, and the nation.

**Christenson Wealth Management Weekly Commentary 11/26/2012

The Markets

What fiscal cliff? 

Stock prices rose last week to their best weekly gain in five months as investors cheered the start of the holiday shopping season, encouraging economic data from Germany and China, improved housing data, and confidence from President Obama and Congressional leaders that the fiscal cliff will be avoided.


**Christenson Wealth Management Weekly Commentary 5/14/2012

The Markets

Even the smartest guy in the room sometimes makes mistakes.

Jamie Dimon, CEO of the huge U.S. bank JP Morgan, has been called the smartest guy in the room for his ability to effectively steer the bank through the economic crisis. And, while most of the other big U.S. banks have tarnished reputations, Dimon’s firm was the one that stood out from the crowd.

Unfortunately, that all changed last week.

In a hastily arranged conference call with investors, Dimon revealed that the bank lost $2 billion in just the past six weeks on “bets aimed at shielding the bank from the market fallout of Europe's deepening mess,” according to The Wall Street Journal. These “bets” lost money due to “unusual movements in the relationships between various derivative indexes focused on investment-grade and junk-bond corporate debt, both in the U.S. and Europe,” according to the Journal.

**Christenson Wealth Management Weekly Commentary 1/30/2012

Weekly Commentary
January 30, 2012

The Markets

At its most basic level, a trade takes place when a buyer is willing to buy at a certain price and a seller is willing to sell at that price. Both parties could be smart, experienced, and looking at the same data, yet somehow one party thinks it’s a good price to buy and the other thinks it’s a good price to sell.

Last week, several news items represented good examples of how investors could look at the same data and draw different conclusions. Consider these:

  1. Gross domestic product rose at a 2.8 percent pace in the October through December period.

Bullish investors say that’s up from 1.8 percent the previous quarter and the fastest pace in a year and a half.

Bearish investors say it’s less than the 3.0 percent growth expected by economists and most of the growth was due to inventory accumulation.

Source: MarketWatch

Christenson Wealth Management Weekly Commentary 12/5/2011

Weekly Commentary

December 5, 2011

The Markets

Politicians may struggle to work together, but at least the world’s central bankers can.

At 8:00 a.m. EST on November 30, the Federal Reserve released a statement that sent worldwide financial markets skyrocketing. Here’s the first paragraph of the statement:

The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, and the Swiss National Bank are today announcing coordinated actions to enhance their capacity to provide liquidity support to the global financial system. The purpose of these actions is to ease strains in financial markets and thereby mitigate the effects of such strains on the supply of credit to households and businesses and so help foster economic activity. 

Weekly Commentary November 28, 2011


The Markets

“It’s a small world after all.”

Living in an age of jet travel, the internet and mobile communication has its advantages. It makes our world of 7 billion people seem a bit smaller since we’re just one plane ride or “one boot of the computer” away from connecting with anyone in the world.

But, along with the good comes the bad.


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