2018 Investment Outlook

Posted on Jan 15, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

2017 was an excellent year for the investment markets and the global economy.  We saw acceleration of economic growth in the U.S. and abroad which led to increased global trade.  Companies have been beating their estimated earnings projections; and as a result, U.S. equity markets went on a tear.  With such a strong year, the […]

Are Central Banks a Risk to the Markets?

Posted on Nov 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The US and global economies are doing well. Here in the U.S., natural disasters such as hurricanes and fires seem to have had little or no effect on economic growth. The European Union is experiencing their best economic expansion in years and Japan is experiencing their best growth since the 1990’s. In fact, the majority […]

Summer Swoon to a Normal Pull Back

Posted on Aug 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The recent dip in the markets has many investors nervous; this is understandable given current headlines from dysfunction in Washington, policy shifts by the Federal Reserve and geopolitical risk on the Korean peninsula.  However, at least so far this is looking like a normal seasonal pullback in the equity markets. In our most recent Riggs […]

The Good News is the Economy is Doing Well…The Bad News is the Economy is Doing Well

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The U.S. economy continues to hum along and we are now seeing signs of economic expansion in China and Europe as well.  The equity markets have rallied higher the first half of 2017 and, historically, a good first half of the year bodes well for continued stock market growth in the second half.  As global […]

Seeing Opportunities in the U.S. and Abroad

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The first quarter of 2017 saw a marked rise in investor optimism as expectations of an improving economy drove U.S. markets higher.  The sectors most impacted by an increase in U.S. regulations and a decrease in fiscal spending over the last eight years—financials, industrials, and materials—were the equity market rally leaders following the November U.S. […]

Riggs’ News Update

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Our clients and friends are used to receiving Investment Market Reports from the Riggs’ Team.  This week we thought we would mix it up a bit and give you a sense of what the Riggs’ Team has been up to the last month or so. In early October, Chief Compliance Officer, Susan Shoemaker, along with […]

Brexit is “Trumped”

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

As the U.S. and the rest of the world woke up this morning, we witnessed a changing of the guard in Washington. This election was much like the Brexit vote, the pundits and prognosticators never saw it coming. The last time we saw an election outcome like this was in 1948 when President Truman defeated […]

After the Election

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

With the U.S. Presidential Election less than a week away, we have received several phone calls asking what happens to the stock market, if “Fill in the Name” is elected President.  We thought we would share our thoughts on some of the likely outcomes.   It appears there are three likely outcomes (in no particular […]

After Brexit

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

On June 24th, we sent out an Investor Alert to clients and friends regarding the Brexit vote.  We noted at that time:   In a historic referendum, last night British citizens voted to leave the European Union.  While there were many reasons for the “leave” vote from a rise in nationalism, frustration with the political […]

Volatility Still the Word

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The volatility we saw in 2015 has continued into 2016 driven by commodity prices, negative interest rates in Europe and Japan, concerns over China, and a concern that the global economic slowdown could spread to the U.S. economy. Layer on to those concerns the ramping up of Presidential election rhetoric and it is not surprising […]