Multiple Compression: 7 Reasons Why the Market is Selling Off

January is off to a no good, very bad, terrible start to the year. We’ve seen three consecutive down weeks and some very painful corrections in individual names like Zoom, Peloton, and Moderna, who are all down more than 40% from their 52-week highs. Why is there such a bloodbath in stocks right now? The […]

Markets In Motion Nov,11, 2021

Markets in Motion

Welcome to Markets in Motion with Carmichael Hill! We took 90 seconds to break down the major market moving headlines of last week so that you don’t have to. Enjoy.

Markets In Motion Sept, 30, 2021

Markets in Motion

Welcome to Markets in Motion with Carmichael Hill! We took 90 seconds to break down the major market moving headlines of last week so that you don’t have to. Enjoy.

Keeping an eye on Natural Gas

James Stewart    September 14, 2021     Natural gas is one of the main sources of energy in the US.  It is used to generate electricity for general consumption as well as provide heating for homes and factories in winter. Over 50% of US homes are heated by natural gas. Even those that aren’t […]

Markets In Motion Sept, 16, 2021

Markets in Motion

Welcome to Markets in Motion with Carmichael Hill! We took 90 seconds to break down the major market moving headlines of last week so that you don’t have to. Enjoy.

Markets In Motion Sept, 02, 2021

Markets in Motion

Welcome to Markets in Motion with Carmichael Hill! We took 90 seconds to break down the major market moving headlines of last week so that you don’t have to. Enjoy.

What is Tapering and Why Is It Important?

Graph showing 10yr Bond Yield after tapering

You may have heard the term “tapering” if you’ve been following the news lately. The Federal Reserve (Fed) has many tools it can use to stimulate the economy, which includes purchasing bonds in the open markets. Tapering refers to the Fed cutting back on its bond purchases (i.e. “tapering down”). The term goes back to […]

Markets In Motion Aug, 19, 2021

Markets in Motion

Welcome to Markets in Motion with Carmichael Hill! We took 90 seconds to break down the major market moving headlines of last week so that you don’t have to. Enjoy.

Markets in Motion Aug 6, 2021

Markets in Motion

Welcome to Markets in Motion with Carmichael Hill! We took 90 seconds to break down the major market moving headlines of last week so that you don’t have to. Enjoy.  

This Ransomware Attack Is going to hit you where it hurts…..in the Pocketbook.

Ransomware

Jim Stewart     May 12, 2021 Cyber threats are increasing on both the personal and corporate levels. You’re probably familiar with phishing attempts and outlandish “help” emails coming from a foreign prince. Its typically easy enough to sniff out the bad actors that slip through your spam filter. But corporations face attacks that come at […]

What should you know about Coinbase (COIN)?

Coinbase Logo with Bitcoin

Jim Stewart        April 15, 2021 Coinbase (COIN) is generating lots of hype. The online exchange where investors buy, sell, and store cryptocurrencies went public this week with a direct listing on the NASDAQ. Shares closed down following the first day of trading despite a scorching market for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and direct listings.  What […]

10 Things All Homebuyers Should Know in a Hot Housing Market

Matt Bacon         April 14, 2021 The US is experiencing a hot housing market and the DC area is no exception. Chances are you’ve probably lost an over the asking price bid or two if you’ve been a house hunter the last few months. But signs are starting to suggest that the market may be heading […]

The Best November in Decades – Now What?

James Stewart       December 2, 2020 November was the best month in decades for equity markets.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its best monthly return since 1987.  The Dow closed over 30,000 for the 1st time during the month before profit taking set in.  Stocks from companies of all sizes rose with the […]

October Surprise

Jim Stewart          October 7, 2020   The news of President Trump and the First Lady contracting COVID-19 late last week along with members of his staff reminded me of the term “October Surprise,” which was coined during Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign regarding the Iranian hostage crisis.  2020 has been one for […]

EXPLAINED: Why energy stocks are crashing…..again

Jim Stewart         September 28, 2020 Energy stocks are having a rough time.  Just look at Exxon – the last 30 days have been one of its worst in the past 40 years.  With the stock’s price decline, Exxon’s dividend yield is now over 10%.  This is attractive in the current low yield environment if […]

10 Facts About SPAC That Will Make Your Hair Stand On End

Matt Bacon         Sept 25th SPAC is shorthand for Special Purpose Acquisition Company, and if that’s a new term for you keep reading. This is the latest financial innovation to gain popularity on Wall Street and money is currently flooding in. 82 SPACs went public this year with a record $31bn raised and we still have […]

The Fed Spoke. Markets Shrugged.

Matt Bacon         Sep 17, 2020 The Federal Open Market Committee met yesterday and left interest rates unchanged. We weren’t surprised. General economic conditions are poor and will likely remain poor until the public health crisis brought about by the pandemic is resolved. The Fed will need to maintain what they call an “accommodative” stance until […]

What happened to FANMAG last week?

By Matt Bacon, Sept 14, 2020 Volatility returned to equity markets again last week as money fled big tech, which has led the rally almost exclusively since the March lows. This anxiety driver didn’t strike out of the blue; it has its origins in late August when we first started to witness a rotation out […]

A Meaningless Shakeup in the Dow

By Matt Bacon August 25th, 2020 Note: Carmichael Hill maintains positions in Exxon, Apple, Amgen, Pfizer, and Raytheon A meaningless shakeup in the Dow Jones Industrial Average was announced yesterday evening. Exxon, Raytheon, and Pfizer are out. Honeywell, Amgen, and Salesforce are in. The changes will take place on 8/31. According to the press release […]

What’s behind the Apple and Tesla Stock Splits?

By Matt Bacon – August 12th, 2020 On July 30th, Apple (AAPL) announced a four for one stock split effective 8/31/20. Tesla (TSLA) followed suit a week and a half later with the announcement of a five for one stock split also effective 8/31/20. The intrinsic value of Apple and Tesla won’t change one iota […]

Market Update 04/09/20

Matt Bacon The S&P 500 is up nearly 10% this week and has regained about 50% of its decline in just eleven trading days. This makes it one of the fastest rallies in history. The stock market is rallying while most every business in America has either shut its doors or scaled back operations significantly. […]

Same Crisis, New Responses

March 24, 2020 Matt Bacon and Jim Stewart The new reality brought by the Coronavirus continues to rattle markets as the Dow and S&P continue to oscillate heavily. Apart from the rising number of infections there is little to report on the virus itself, but responses to containing it are evolving rapidly. California Governor Gavin […]

In a surprise move the Fed slashes interest rates to 0% and markets plunge

By James Stewart and Matt Bacon March 16, 2020 Fears abound as volatility continues to roil the markets, the likes of which haven’t been seen in over three decades. The last few weeks have broken records and set new ones, and no, not in a good way. Thursday, March 12th saw the largest single-day point […]

Oil hits the “Bargain Bin” amidst another day of extreme volatility

March 10, 2020 By Matt Bacon Yesterday was a record day in the markets as oil prices fell nearly 30% amidst another day of extreme volatility. On Sunday, March 8th an alliance on oil output between Saudi Arabia and Russia collapsed. The two oil- dependent economies had been restraining supply since 2017 to prop up […]

Why the Coronavirus Won’t Ruin Your Retirement

Feb 27, 2020 by Matt Bacon Markets are on a downward trajectory. At the time of this writing the S&P 500 has closed down for the last six consecutive days as Coronavirus fears proliferate. Both the Dow and S&P 500 are now negative for the year. Swaths of China have gone into lockdown as have […]