Author Archives: Sam Wardwell

About Sam Wardwell

Sam Wardwell, CFA, is Senior Vice President and Investment Strategist at Pioneer Investments. He joined Pioneer in 2003.

Bad News for Oil Bulls, But Consumers Like Money for Other Stuff!

Last week in the capital markets the oil selloff resumed and took the stock market with it. It was bad news for oil bulls, but consumers like lower gasoline prices, auto sales remain strong, and November retail sales beat expectations. Although … Continue reading

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The U.S. Economy – A December to Remember

On average, December has been good for the U.S. stock market, and this year should be no exception. The U.S. economy remains strong, despite weakness outside the U.S. (more on that below). Solid manufacturing data and an improving labor market … Continue reading

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OPEC + Central Banks = Volatile Markets

Last Week in the Capital Markets OPEC’s failure to cut production shocked the market: Commodities: On Thursday, OPEC didn’t cut production. WTI crude lost $7 on Friday, ended the week down $10 to $66 (lowest since 2009). Gold fell $21 … Continue reading

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All Fairly Quiet on the Western Front

Last Week in the Capital Markets U.S. Equities: The S&P 500 quietly worked higher last week, ending up 1.2%. Materials (+2.8%) and Energy (+2.5%) led. Commodity prices were up last week, and mining companies liked the People’s Bank of China … Continue reading

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Another Week in the Goldilocks Zone

If this isn’t as good as it gets, it’s a lot better than it might have been: the world is swimming in cheap energy, the Eurozone isn’t in recession after all, consumer and business balance sheets are strong and Ebola … Continue reading

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