Oct 2018

Investment Management – Third Quarter 2018

In baseball parlance, the seventh inning stretch is a tradition in which fans stand up in the middle of the seventh inning and stretch after sitting through 6½ innings of a game. Some teams, such as the Chicago Cubs, have made it an experience as fans sing along with Bill Murray to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Jul 2018

Investment Management – Second Quarter 2018

As we celebrate Independence Day, patriotism soars in America. U.S. flags fly high and patriotic music is played in bars and restaurants. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” is a popular song this time of year, with its upbeat melody and its well-known chorus.

Apr 2018

Investment Management – First Quarter 2018

Not so long ago, in our own galaxy, synchronized global economic growth was an invisible “force” that rendered volatility practically non-existent. J.P. Morgan observed that there were zero days in 2017 when equity markets experienced a daily move of 2% or greater when, “ since 1980, U.S. equities have averaged 15 such occurrences a year.”

Jan 2018

Investment Management – Fourth Quarter 2017

It is beginning to sound like a broken record, but the stronger-than-expected economic growth has boosted investor confidence and produced excellent returns for equities around the world.  Looking forward, we expect U.S. growth to stabilize and the global economy to grow stronger. Driving the global economic expansion is central bank easy monetary policies, low interest rates, low inflation and the rise in emerging economies’ commodity prices. 

Oct 2017

Investment Management – Third Quarter 2017

It appears that investors have finally acknowledged the current synchronized global expansion. A backdrop of steady economic growth, low inflation, and easy monetary policy has created a goldilocks scenario for corporate earnings and stocks.

Aug 2017

Investment Management - Second Quarter 2017

Expectations for global growth are rising. The near decade long bull market has been notable not just for its length, but also the negative lens investors have viewed it through. For anyone who regularly reads financial publications or watches investment
Aug 2017

Investment Management – Second Quarter 2017

Expectations for global growth are rising. The near decade long bull market has been notable not just for its length, but also the negative lens investors have viewed it through. For anyone who regularly reads financial publications or watches investment

Apr 2017

Investment Management - First Quarter 2017

West Financial Services is excited to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Around the time of our founding in February of 1982, the U.S. economy was mired in a recession. Then Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker was using monetary policy to crush
Jan 2017

Investment Management – Fourth Quarter 2016

Over the last two years, we have witnessed dramatic swings in investor sentiment and growth expectations. The reasons behind these shifts have been varied – whether it has been concern over China, Europe, terrorist attacks, deflation or Brexit – it’s
Sep 2016

Investment Management – Third Quarter 2016

The third quarter kicked off with considerable speculation on how damaging the Brexit vote would be for the United Kingdom (U.K.) and the overall European economy.  The immediate reaction was negative and driven by fear.