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.


November 02, 2015

Headwinds Continue to Fade

The major market indices finished the week higher with the S&P 500 advancing for a fifth straight week. The S&P finished the month up over 8%, the best monthly performance since October 2011 when stocks gained 10.8%. Driving the gains was clarity on Fed policy, the budget resolution in Washington and solid third quarter earnings trends.

October 26, 2015

Fed Meeting on Deck

The major market indices finished the week solidly higher with the S&P 500 advancing for a fourth straight week. The catalysts for last week’s gains included further signs China’s economy is beginning to stabilize, growing speculation the Federal Reserve could keep interest rates at current levels until next year, and hints from European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi that the ECB could ramp up its stimulus efforts at their December meeting.

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.

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