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This week we released the January changes to the SSR tracking portfolio. For more information on this month’s deletions and additions, read the January SSR Monthly Report available online. December Market Recap In a year where the U.K. voted to leave the European Union and a...

After going a year since its last rate increase, the Federal Reserve surprised almost no one by announcing this week that it was raising the benchmark federal funds rate by a quarter percentage point—to between 0.50% and 0.75%—and that officials now expect to raise short-term...

Friday marked the one-month anniversary since Hillary Clinton conceded the presidential election to Donald Trump. Since the close on November 8, Election Day, the majority of U.S. stocks has seen a strong gain. This week, though, the “Trump Bump” seemingly found a higher gear....

This week we performed our monthly Stock Superstars Report (SSR) portfolio review and made some changes. For more information on this month’s deletions and additions, read the December SSR Monthly Report available online. November Market Recap In the aftermath of the U.S. presidential...

In the weeks leading up to the November 8 presidential election, we noted that, in the event of a surprise result, investors should expect a quick reallocation of resources into sectors and industries expected to benefit from differing policy positions. Well, many would say that...

Where I grew up in mid-Michigan, there was a local Chevy commercial that had a jingle that went “Baseball, hot dogs, Applegate and Chevrolet.” This week the news cycle, at least here in Chicago, has been focused on baseball and the “lovable losers”—the Chicago Cubs—breaking...

Indexes were under selling pressure for most of the week based on continuing fear of a slowing Chinese economy, and they ended on another negative note following the release of the monthly jobs number. Read more »  ...

The September SSR Monthly Report is now available on the SSR website. Read more »  ...

The market’s downside volatility was the focus of the financial news media this week. Though it’s understandable that reasons for the decline were sought (weakness in China and continued uncertainty over the timing of the first interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve...

While currency fluctuations are not a component of the SSR approach, the slowdown in China and the government’s willingness to devalue the yuan made headlines in the early part of the week. The announcement was a surprise to the market. Many market participants viewed the devaluation...