Weekly ViewPoint

Guggenheim Investments' Mike Schwager offers his weekly views on the market. Mr. Schwager, Chief Market Strategist for Guggenheim Investments, is responsible for analyzing trends in the economy and financial markets.


October 19, 2015

The Snapback Rally Continues

Markets have a tendency to toggle between perception and reality and the gloom and doom narrative that was in place during late August/early September always seemed a little excessive. Reality now appears to be setting in as the recent economic data out of China hasn’t been nearly as bad as feared.

October 12, 2015

Is the Seasonal Rally Starting to Kick In?

The major market indices finished the week solidly higher reflecting the dovish tone of the FOMC meeting minutes, a solid uptick in oil prices (the Energy sector paced the gains last week, adding 7.55%) and the S&P 500’s break above its 50 day moving average.

October 05, 2015

The Fed Guessing Game Will Likely Continue

The major market indices finished the week moderately higher as investors shrugged off fears over the pace of global economic growth and uncertainty surrounding the timing of Fed lift-off.

September 28, 2015

The ‘Buyer’s Strike’ Continues

The major market indices finished the week lower as global economic worries kept many investors close to the sidelines. Investors did however get some clarity on two issues (Fed policy & China) that have been plaguing the market over the past couple weeks.

September 21, 2015

Fed Holds the Line, For Now

The major market indices finished the week mostly lower as gains early in the week were outweighed by selling pressure following the conclusion of the two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

September 14, 2015

Fed Up – Will They or Won’t They

Markets finished the holiday shortened week on the upside despite ongoing global growth concerns and looming uncertainty over Fed policy. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is set to gather this week (Wednesday and Thursday) and decide on whether to lift rates for the first time in almost a decade.

August 28, 2015

The Long Awaited Correction Finally Arrives

After trading in a tight range for most the year, markets took a turn for the worse over the past 10 days reflecting an uptick in global growth concerns and plunging commodity prices. The sell-off pushed the S&P 500 into correction mode (defined by a 10% pullback from recent highs).

August 14, 2015

Market Climbs a Wall of Worry

The major market indices finished the week modestly higher despite a currency devaluation in China, growing fears over the health of the global economy and another plunge energy prices.

July 20, 2015

Focus Returning to Fundamentals

The major market indices finished the week solidly higher reflecting easing tensions surrounding Greece and stabilization in the Chinese equity markets. A solid kick-off to second quarter earnings season and favorable data points in the housing sector added to the positive tone.

July 13, 2015

Waiting for Clarity

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