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2011 In Review, Quarter 4

by Sergio Mariaca |Share:

Stock markets had a turbulent quarter amid investors’ growing despair about political efforts to deal with the monumental challenges facing the world economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the quarter down 12%, its worst percentage decline since the first quarter of 2009.

2011 In Review, Quarter 3

by Sergio Mariaca |Share:

Stock markets had a turbulent quarter amid investors’ growing despair about political efforts to deal with the monumental challenges facing the world economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the quarter down 12%, its worst percentage decline since the first quarter of 2009.

2011 In Review, Quarter 2

by Sergio Mariaca |Share:

At first glance, the market results of the second quarter didn’t appear to be too bad. Despite the significant volatility and stock market fluctuations, the Dow still finished the quarter up 0.8% (up 7.7% YTD)—its 4th quarterly gain in a row, making it 8 out of the past 9.

2011 In Review, Quarter 1

by Sergio Mariaca |Share:

Wow—what a wild ride during the first quarter. Political turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East sent the markets into significant volatility. Then the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis in Japan caused many investors to wonder what they should do and when these disasters might complete their toll. The market staggered but it recovered, and although we still have to deal with these major issues, the sentiment of many investors is better than anticipated due to the market’s ability to shake off these twin shocks.