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Equities rose on light volume as all focused upon the Fed’s surprise decision. I will continue to argue that unless external risks rise, the central bank will be forced to change its stance in the immediate future. I ask what happens if China’s economy turns...

Friday a Bloomberg headline read One of Wall Street’s Most Poplar Trading Strategies is Failing, referencing the implosion of risk based parity models and Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs) which have grown ...

Equities have traded to the highest level since November on trade optimism. Equities were also encouraged from Chinese policy that would focus on growth as opposed to leverage. Oil declined after the President tweeted that crude prices were too high. Several third tier statistics are...

Fortune Magazine commented in late January “Bond yields [are] historically low and inflation seemed negligible: Wages [are] going nowhere, companies dare not raise prices to avoid losing market share. Bond market vigilantes have been pounded into submission.” ...

Many times I have commented life is stranger than fiction. Yesterday’s WSJ commented that over two thirds of Americans receive their news from social media. Google and Facebook control a large majority of the digital advertising market that used to be a major...

Equities came under moderate pressure on growth and trade concerns. Moreover first quarter S & P 500 earnings projections were revised lower to a 2% decline versus a 1% drop forecasted a week ago. At year end results were anticipated to rise by...

As widely noted many hedge funds and quantitative investors are on the sidelines because of market volatility. This pessimism has also spread to ETF investors for they have yanked about $4 billion from funds thus far this year. Bloomberg writes that this is unusual given...

According to FISUM, Vanguard, Blackrock and State Street are the largest holders of 88% of S & P 500 companies. Wow! The potential influence that these companies can exert upon markets and corporations is incredible. Several times I have opined the next financial crisis could...

Many times I have opined about the complete breakdown of risk parity and cross correlated models, a strategy that has surged in popularity over the last 10 years, a strategy that many including the regulatory entities believed limited risks.  Yesterday Stanford Bernstein stated this breakdown...

State Street Bank which is the third largest ETF issuer by assets is laying off about 15% of its senior management, employees identified as executive VPs and senior VPs.  State Street stated it needs to “structurally compress”...