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Markets Calm Over Thanksgiving Week

Market Digest – Week Ending 11/29

(Through Wednesday) As usual, it has been a quiet Thanksgiving week in the capital markets. Stocks and bond prices were little changed. Markets were encouraged by a nuclear accord reached with Iran over the weekend, but the agreement is so far poorly understood and represents just a small step in a long and complicated process.

Weekly Returns:

S&P 500: 1,807 (+0.1%)
FTSE All-World ex-US: (-0.2%)
US 10 Year Treasury Yield: 2.74% (-0.01%)
Gold: $1,237 (-0.5%)
USD/EUR: $1.358 (+0.2%)

Major Events:   

  • Monday – Over the weekend, an accord was reached with Iran which will ease some sanctions in exchange for limiting nuclear activities.
  • Tuesday – Building permits climbed in October to the highest level in more than five years.
  • Tuesday – The U.S. flew two unarmed B-52 bombers into a disputed air-defense zone recently claimed by China, escalating tensions in the region.
  • Wednesday – The Obama administration delayed online health-insurance signup for small businesses by one year.
  • Wednesday – Italy’s Senate voted to strip Silvio Berlusconi of his senate seat.

Our Take:

All of us at Personal Capital would like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

We would like to offer sincere thanks to all of you who utilize our Financial Dashboard, and especially to our wealth management clients. Our Dashboard is already helping hundreds of thousands of people take better control of their finances, and Personal Capital Advisors now directly manages almost $300 million.

It is exciting to have an opportunity to change the financial industry for the better, and simultaneously rewarding to see a large, rapidly growing number of people benefitting from our services.

The content contained in this blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and is not meant to constitute legal, tax, accounting or investment advice. You should consult a qualified legal or tax professional regarding your specific situation. Keep in mind that investing involves risk. The value of your investment will fluctuate over time and you may gain or lose money.

Any reference to the advisory services refers to Personal Capital Advisors Corporation, a subsidiary of Personal Capital. Personal Capital Advisors Corporation is an investment adviser registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training nor does it imply endorsement by the SEC.

Craig Birk leads the Personal Capital Advisors Investment Committee and serves as Chief Investment Officer. His focus is translating improvements in technology into better financial lives. Craig has been widely quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNN Money, the Washington Post and elsewhere. Prior to Personal Capital Advisors, he was a leader within the portfolio management team at Fisher Investments, helping assets under management grow from $1.5 billion to over $40 billion. Craig graduated from the University of California at San Diego and has earned the Certified Financial Planner® designation.
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