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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Commentary | March 2017

By Affinity | Apr 12, 2017

Quarterly Commentary The market’s ascent in the first quarter continued a trend that began shortly after the November 2016 election.  Market participants seem to be expecting the implementation of new economic policies designed to produce an increased rate of growth for corporate profits as well as the overall economy. The new favored policies are likely…

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Speaker Event: Clyde Prestowitz, founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute

By Affinity | Apr 5, 2017

Trade has reemerged as a priority in the current Administration. What is the current state of trade, what does the future look like, and how will it impact the US? Clyde Prestowitz will discuss these issues. Mr. Prestowitz is founder and President of the   Economic Strategy Institute. His leadership has propelled ESI into an…

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Commentary | December 2016

By Affinity | Jan 25, 2017

Market Review for 4th Quarter 2016 While the market’s gain was generated entirely after the November elections, there were other factors that helped drive the market higher. In the fourth quarter, markets appeared to be buoyed by an improved outlook for real GDP growth and rising corporate profits. Estimates for real economic growth for the…

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Q3 2012 Commentary

By Affinity | Oct 21, 2012

In the most recent quarter, the market seemed to float higher on the promise of a rising tide of liquidity. The commitment on the part of the Fed to expand the money supply at a rapid rate for the foreseeable future convinced many investors that any economic downturn could be forestalled or be brief. Thus,…

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Q2 2012 Commentary

By Affinity | Sep 1, 2012

The market’s decline in the second quarter reflected a number of growing concerns about the pace of economic activity both in the United States and overseas. These concerns were not unique to the second quarter, but investors seemed dismayed by the possibility economic trends would be driven by unfortunate policy choices for far longer than…

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Q1 2012 Commentary

By Affinity | Apr 5, 2012

The first quarter represented the second consecutive quarter of above normal stock market returns. This favorable performance reflected the modest improvement in economic conditions in the US, and increasing evidence the financial markets in Europe were stabilizing. Initial readings on economic growth in the quarter supported the expectations for modest real growth in the 2.0%…

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Q4 2011 Commentary

By Affinity | Feb 20, 2012

The stock market produced an abnormally high return in the fourth quarter following a very disappointing third quarter return. The volatility of returns in the last two quarters of 2011 was characteristic of the year as a whole. Throughout 2011, the stock market experienced periods of heightened volatility as economic and political events unfolded. Good…

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Affinity Investment Advisors, LLC Relaunches as Independent Boutique

By Affinity | Jun 13, 2011

(December 6, 2010) Driven by the immense opportunities for independent firms, the core team that founded Affinity Investment Advisors in 1992 has now re-launched the firm under the Affinity brand as of November 1, 2010 to service institutional and retail clients. Affinity was first launched as an independent firm in 1992. It was acquired in…

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