Affinity Investment Advisors Hires Director, Marketing & Business Development to Broaden its Institutional Reach

By Affinity | Feb 26, 2016

Affinity Investment Advisors, an Irvine, Calif.- based leading independent investment advisor, announced the addition of Steven Spare as Director, Marketing & Business Development to lead revenue growth and increase distribution of Affinity’s investment strategies across institutional, broker-dealer, and RIA channels. Spare’s 20+ years of experience in the financial advisory business and positive attitude have provided…

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Commentary | 4Q 2015

By Affinity | Jan 29, 2016

In the fourth quarter, the rise of the market as represented by the S&P 500 Index, brought the market close to a positive return for the entire year. With the inclusion of dividends, the Index achieved a small positive return for 2015. The Index’s rise seemed unrelated to any improvement in the economic environment, or…

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Q3 2015 Commentary

By Affinity | Oct 20, 2015

The decline in the stock market reflected concerns about both real and imagined threats to the US economy and corporate profits. Among those threats was an anticipated 25 basis points increase in the Fed Funds rate. Market participants have been waiting for this modest rate increase for more than a year. Each time it appears…

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Q2 2015 Commentary

By Affinity | Sep 1, 2015

The puzzling economic data for the first quarter weighed on the market. Almost six years after the beginning of the economic recovery following the last recession, real GDP declined. This pattern of growth is unusual, and called into question the viability of the current economic recovery. Economic growth is expected to resume in the second…

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Q1 2015 Commentary

By Affinity | May 8, 2015

The market managed a small advance in the first quarter in the face of reduced expectations for near term real GDP growth and an anticipated decline in corporate profits in the quarter. With the market’s valuation no longer below average, this new set of expectations was able to impede the market’s progress and increase volatility.…

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Commentary | 2Q 2018

By Affinity | Jul 27, 2018

Market Environment The 2nd quarter of 2018 shared certain macroeconomic and market themes with the 1st quarter. However, there were new developments too that manifested in sector and style equity returns during the quarter. Dollar Appreciation The US dollar reversed its 5-quarter streak of depreciation, and turned sharply higher against most currencies. The bottoming and…

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Commentary | 1Q 2018

By Affinity | Apr 16, 2018

Economic conditions in the first quarter of 2018, as exhibited by readings on the Institute of Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI®) and the year-over-year growth rate of the Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index®, remained consistent with increases in corporate profits. The Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow economic model is forecasting real economic growth during the first…

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Commentary | Q4 2017

By Affinity | Apr 10, 2018

December 2017 The market began a rapid move upward right after the Presidential Election of 2016 and the trajectory continued throughout 2017. At the end of 2017, most stock market indexes were at or near all-time highs. The market was buoyed by expectations of a reduction in tax rates, a reduction in regulations, little or…

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Commentary | Q3 2017

By Affinity | Oct 16, 2017

September 30, 2017 – The stock market’s favorable performance reflected rising profits and an improving economic environment which began in the second quarter of 2017. Real growth rose at a rate slightly above 3% in the second quarter, and initial indications are growth continued at a rate above 2% in the third quarter. If economic growth…

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Commentary | June 2017

By Affinity | Aug 4, 2017

Quarterly Commentary The rise in stock prices in the quarter brought the market to a level that is at or near its historic high. While stock prices rose, so did valuations as earnings increases did not keep pace with price increases on average. The market, as measured by almost any broad based index, is now…

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