Craig Birk, CFP®

Weekly Market Digest: Apple and Amazon Stocks Up This Week

Weekly Market Digest: Apple and Amazon Stocks Up This Week

US stocks powered ahead, driven by technology companies. International stocks remained flat as the dollar strengthened and trade talks returned to the headlines. The US and Mexico agreed in principle to a trade agreement to replace NAFTA, but there are...
Weekly Market Digest: Musk Considers Taking Tesla Private

Weekly Market Digest: Musk Considers Taking Tesla Private

CEO Elon Musk made headlines on Tuesday for tweeting that he was considering taking Tesla private. A sell-off on Friday wiped out gains for the week and left US stocks modestly lower for the week. In part due to a strengthening dollar, international stocks...
Capital Markets Review & Commentary

Capital Markets Review & Commentary

Trade talk dominated headlines in June. Generally speaking, escalation and new tariffs pushed markets down while conciliatory comments raised the tide. The overall outcome was asymmetric, with US stocks finishing Q2 with gains in each month while...
Weekly Market Digest: Stocks Rise Despite Escalating Trade War

Weekly Market Digest: Stocks Rise Despite Escalating Trade War

Despite rising stakes in the trade conflict with China, stocks still rose this week. The US enacted tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods and China retaliated immediately with duties on soybeans and airplane parts among others. US stocks (VTI) rose 1.7%...