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Markets change, sometimes at break neck speeds.  At XCountry Financial, we believe applied knowledge is power.  We provide weekly updates on current market conditions and what to watch moving forward.  Follow our blog to stay informed with current trends, professional insights/outlooks and educational topics.  

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Prospects of cooling inflation powered a rally in stock prices last week despite growing recession concerns.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 5.39%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 climbed 6.45%. The Nasdaq Composite index...

Thursday, June 23, 2022

To help investors manage through this difficult period, we answer some of the top questions we’re getting about bear markets and list some things to watch to assess progress toward an eventual durable low.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Recent changes in valuations have improved the outlook for a traditional 60/40 portfolio considerably, in our view, on both the stock side and the bond side. Here are five things that provide perspective.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Many pundits are issuing recession warnings and saying the economy is heading for a hard landing. We think the economy is slowing just like central bankers want but not shrinking. A slowing economy is very different than a shrinking one.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

3 reasons we're heading into a Bull Market rally the second half of this year. We lay out the bull case for the second half of the year. It starts with inflation.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Core bonds have been a staple in diversified asset allocations. In this video, I give you 3 reasons it might be time to take a look at Core Bonds.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

First quarter earnings season was solid by just about any measure. Will the stock market rebound the 2nd half of this year? In this video I provide some insights and variables to watch. Applied knowledge is power, be in the know!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Extremes in sentiment tend to be contrarian indicators for the stock market over the short-to-medium-term, but have we really seen extreme pessimism yet?

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

“Sell in May and go away” is probably the most widely cited stock market cliché in history. We tackle this commonly cited seasonal pattern and why it might not play out this year, similar to recent years.

Monday, May 2, 2022

I'm very excited to announce Kelcey Pettit has joined our team as an LPL Investment adviser representative!   Kelcey is a proud veteran who served in the Nebraska Army National Guard for 9 years.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

I'm very excited to announce Theresa Reed has joined our team as our Life Insurance Specialist!   Theresa holds a Sociology degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Wounded Warrior Project is a great organization with a noble mission. If you can donate, any amount big or small, makes a difference. #woundedwarriorproject

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

When investors think about income, or yield, they would normally think bonds first. We highlight some equity income ideas that we would expect to perform well in a rising rate environment for you to consider when building your portfolio.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Each recession has different causes and different impacts, but one thing that is not different is the required analysis. Whatever the circumstance, investors should look at multiple signals.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

First quarter earnings season is rolling. BlackRock, Delta Airlines, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley were among the first 16 S&P 500 companies to report March quarter results, following 20 index constituents.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Like Maverick said ". . .I was inverted." A historical bellwether for an oncoming recession, is an inverted yield curve. But when and how bad?

Monday, April 11, 2022

Is there a housing bubble? Rising mortgage rates alone will not squash the housing market but will definitely slow exuberance

Thursday, April 7, 2022

As the Final Four NCAA Basketball Tournament finished up in New Orleans, we continue our tradition of picking a stock market final four.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Monday, March 28, 2022

Tempered but Optimistic Enthusiasm Over Stocks

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Core bond investors have experienced one of the worst starts to the year ever, potentially calling into question the validity of bonds in a portfolio.

Monday, March 14, 2022

We currently expect the U.S. economy to grow 3.7% in 2022. The risks are to the downside since the Fed may err on tightening too fast, the recent commodity spike may trickle down to the U.S.

Monday, March 7, 2022

With inflationary pressures running higher than many central bankers are comfortable with, calls for interest rate hikes have become louder.

Monday, February 7, 2022

The near 10% correction in the S&P 500 index and even larger drawdown in the NASDAQ have gotten a lot of attention this year.

Monday, January 24, 2022

This volatility we’ve seen this year is uncomfortable, but it is well within the range of normal based on history. The S&P 500 has averaged three pullbacks of 5% or more per year and one correction of at least 10% per year.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Fed has engineered a massive hawkish pivot, contributing to an increase in volatility recently. But a look back at history provides some reassurance, as stocks have historically performed well leading up to and after the first rate hike