Posts From Greg Naylor

Greg Naylor is a partner and co-founder of Fiat Wealth Management, an independent financial advisory firm in Long Lake, Minnesota. He has been investing for over 9 years and enjoys sports, reading, singing, and spending time with family. Greg is a 2004 graduate of the University of Minnesota and lives in South Minneapolis with his wife and two beautiful children.
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U.S. Financial Markets Update: Investors In Holding Pattern

March was a month of anticipated change that did not happen. And the financial markets took note, with the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) stalling out in early March. Healthcare reform in the U.S. stalled before even reaching a vote.  Markets hesitated as a tax reform proposal, hopes for which had driven…

Global Markets Update: Demographics May Hurt Future Returns

Equity markets continue to move higher on the hopes of fiscal stimulus in the U.S. But the pressure is on… Analysts are increasingly divided into bearish and bullish camps, as the politicians must now deliver on their promises to avoid disappointing the stock market. Stocks & Bonds Looking at the…

Global Markets Update: The Fed, Politics, And Red-Hot Stocks

The financial markets started the year off on a positive note. Although the US Dollar (CURRENCY:USD) has pulled back a bit in 2017, it is still holding near 100 on hopes of improved economic growth. During this recent pause in the dollar, the bond markets have stabilized. But major stock…

Trump, Federal Reserve Weigh On 2017 Market Outlook

The end of 2016 was interesting to say the least for investors. The Federal Reserve finally raised rates by a sliver and the markets trended higher. This all occurred while pundits scrambled to interpret how a Donald Trump win will affect their 2017 market outlook for investors. For the month, the…

Global Markets Roundup: Adjusting To President Elect Trump

November was an interesting month in the global financial markets, as the election in the United States caused a sell-off in treasury bonds and a strong rally in the broad stock market indices – the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) was up 3.7% for November. Expectations for fiscal stimulus have been set quite…

Global Market Review & Economic Update – October 2016

October was a mildly interesting month, as both bonds and stocks sold off moderately. Usually these asset classes move in opposite directions.  The S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) “total” return for October was -1.82%. Wall Street showed its hand, as stocks sold off on news of the FBI investigation of Clinton’s emails,…

Global Financial Market Fund Flows Point To Rotation

September was a relatively quiet month across global financial markets, as investors returned from summer vacation to mixed economic news.  The economy is likely recovering enough to eventually warrant an interest rate hike. The worry is what happens to credit and equity markets as they adjust to higher interest rates,…

U.S. Economic Review And Market Update For August

August was an uneventful month, as many on Wall Street typically take their summer holiday during this period.  Most stock market indexes were little-changed. Stocks & Bonds Global stock markets surprised many market pundits by shrugging off Brexit and roaring back in July.  European equities outperformed, after underperforming in June. …

U.S. Economic Update And Financial Market Review – July 2016

July was an uneventful month, as equity and credit markets continued to drift higher after the June shock of ‘Brexit’ wore off.  U.S. payrolls data shows a continued, if uneven, recovery in the U.S.  As well, there was an absence of any additional financial shocks from around the world. Stocks…

Financial Markets Update: Brexit Adds To Currency Concerns

May was an eventful month, as moderate oil prices and continued US Dollar strength took their toll around the world. Crude oil exporters such as Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates, have devalued their currencies or are concerned that they must. Other nations below the radar are also facing…