Current Market Trends – 4/5/2011

Another good couple of weeks for the markets and for all of our managed portfolios.  With the current market environment being quite cooperative, we continue to be nearly fully invested in all major market segments, including U.S. dividend-paying equities, U.S. growth equities, foreign emerging markets, U.S. real estate, commodity-based equities, and high-yield fixed income.  Positions [...]

By | 2011-04-05T08:54:37+00:00 April 4th, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary, Trend-Following|Comments Off on Current Market Trends – 4/5/2011

Current Market Trends – 03/16/11

Over the past two weeks the market advance has weakened a bit, but not enough to warrant further defensive action at the present time.  As of the close of business yesterday, each of our managed portfolios was holding an approximate 55% allocation to equities (mainly domestic equities with a small exposure to international), a 15% [...]

By | 2011-03-16T08:58:54+00:00 March 15th, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Current Market Trends – 03/16/11

Current Market Trends – 3/3/2011

Another month of largely positive market action pushed all of our firm's managed portfolios higher during February. The current rising price trend has been intact since mid-September of last year, and has required only minimal adjustments during this period. With the U.S. and other developed economies demonstrating ongoing economic stability (and even a bit of [...]

By | 2011-04-04T14:48:25+00:00 March 3rd, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary, Trend-Following|Comments Off on Current Market Trends – 3/3/2011

Current Market Trends (2/2/2011)

Generally speaking, each of the ETFs used in Appleton Group Wealth Management's core portfolios (Appleton Group Portfolio, Appleton Group PLUS Portfolio, and Appleton Group Tax Managed Growth Portfolio) is demonstrating a supportive rising price trend at the present time. The market has remained cooperative over the past four months or so, and as such we have continued to [...]

By | 2011-07-11T13:45:21+00:00 February 3rd, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Current Market Trends (2/2/2011)

Defense Wins Championships

Life here in northeast Wisconsin just got a whole lot warmer! In case you haven’t heard, The Green Bay Packers are headed back to the Super Bowl after a smash-mouth dispatching of the rival Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon. But instead of a high-scoring affair as had been the case in Atlanta the previous week [...]

By | 2011-01-25T09:08:14+00:00 January 24th, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Defense Wins Championships

A Solid Fourth Quarter Sets the Stage

A solid fourth quarter in the markets and in all Appleton Group Portfolios has set the stage for the New Year.  For much of the past three months there have existed sustained rising price trends for all market segments in which we invest, including U.S. equities (both dividend-paying and pure growth), emerging foreign markets, real [...]

By | 2011-01-06T08:32:33+00:00 January 5th, 2011|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on A Solid Fourth Quarter Sets the Stage

Year-End Rally Continues

Since the elections back in early November, two market-related events stand out: First, practically every at-risk asset in the marketplace (such as domestic and foreign equities, real estate, commodities, etc.) has demonstrated a strengthening, rising price trend.  Second, the fuel for this advancing market has come at the expense of most fixed-income assets (particularly federal [...]

By | 2011-01-03T11:33:11+00:00 December 23rd, 2010|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Year-End Rally Continues

The markets have responded in a very positive way…

Following a strong Republican showing in Tuesday’s elections and the Federal Reserve’s unveiling of further easing measures, the markets have responded in a very positive way.  In fact, since the end of September the S&P 500 has put in a nice showing, rising a total of 4.91% through Wednesday’s close.  Today’s strong market action is [...]

By | 2010-12-22T14:59:14+00:00 November 4th, 2010|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on The markets have responded in a very positive way…

The market volatility continues…

The Markets The market volatility continues over these summer months with triple digit moves both up and down being the norm. The S&P 500 Index, a useful gauge for the markets as a whole, has moved back to near breakeven for the year which is at the mid-point of its 2010 range. In late April [...]

By | 2010-08-12T13:12:59+00:00 August 12th, 2010|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on The market volatility continues…

Stocks continued to slide…

The Markets On the heels of a tough month of May, stocks continued to slide through much of June. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which declined by -7.9% during May, shed an additional -3.2% in the first week of June but rebounded +6.5% over the next nine sessions. During this period, the Dow traded on [...]

By | 2010-07-05T13:07:05+00:00 July 5th, 2010|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Stocks continued to slide…