posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010
Investor confidence is high. Last week, stocks reached new post-recession highs as investors were the most bullish in nearly four years
Lincoln Savings Bank and LSB Financial are pleased to provide the above Economic Commentary for the week of December 13, 2010.
posted on Friday, December 03, 2010
>Asking what Black Friday means for the stock market has the relationship backwards; it is the gain in the stock market this quarter that bodes modestly well for retail sales this holiday season.
A deluge of key economic events awaits market participants returning from the long Thanksgiving weekend.
Season's Greetings! The staff at Lincoln Savings Bank (LSB) and LSB Financial wish you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!
posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Market Commentary Highlights... The return of volatility to gold and emerging market stock prices has raised a question among some market participants: is the relentless climb pushing gold and emerging market stock prices into bubble territory? We do not think so. If they are bu
A busy week for economic data as the market may begin to judge effectiveness, and wisdom of quantitative easing.
posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Market Commentary Highlights... While the major headlines are out of the way, what happens in Washington during theremainder of the year will still hold influence over the markets.The most important item facing Congress is the looming expiration of the Bush tax
posted on Thursday, November 04, 2010
Market Commentary Highlights... The likely return to political balance between the parties in Washington may slow the pace of legislative change and result in the "gridlock" the market has historically favored.Two reasons that the market may follow the historical pat
Economics, policy, and politics will fight for room in the headlines this week, as the long awaited First Week in November finally unfolds.
posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Market Commentary Highlights...The "currency war" is unlikely to end anytime soon. It will take evidence of significantly stronger growth or a rise in inflation and interest rates to put an end to quantitative easing in the United States.The most likely outcomes of t
This week is dominated by Fed speakers and data on the third quarter of 2010.
posted on Friday, October 22, 2010
Market Commentary Highlights...This is the first time in twenty-five years that a three-month gain in the S&P 500 of 10% or more was not accompanied by net inflows into U.S. equity mutual funds and ETFs.While individuals may have overcome, to some degree, their d
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is speaking in Boston on the benefits of additional quantitative easing (QE).
Now is a great time to purchase or refinance if you haven't done so already. Rates on 30-year mortgages have fallen since last spring to the lowest levels in decades.
posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010
October 17-23, 2010, is National Protect Your Identity Week, so Lincoln Savings Bank (LSB) wanted to remind you of a few basic things you can do to protect yourself from identity theft!
posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010
Market Commentary Highlights...For investors, the key to this reporting season may lie with revenues rather than earnings.While companies may report solid EPS growth, the outlook for slower revenue growth in 2011 may lead to lower earnings guidance and disappointment
What can the FOMC minutes tell us about quantitative easing? The September employment report suggested that the labor market remains sluggish, and needs a spark.
posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2010
>A one and a half (not double) dip for the economy. We expect slow, but positive economic growth supporting modest stock market gains in the fourth quarter.
The September jobs report is the last report before the election and the November 3 FOMC meeting.
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