Financial Market Commentary

At First Western Trust, our investment strategy has always focused on a long-term outlook, coupled with a commitment to protecting against downside risk. This investment philosophy still holds true today. Our experienced investment professionals are supported by a dedicated investment research team that produces weekly and quarterly market commentary discussing notable events taking place in our global and domestic economies. This knowledge and insight helps guide us in our decisions for today and the long-term.

Come back regularly for our most recent commentary and insights.

Thought Leadership

Our Chief Investment Officer and investment research team are frequently featured in such publications as CNBC, MarketWatch, and TheStreet. Additionally, we provide financial market commentary through our internally produced publications. Check out our most recent market commentary below:

Hooray! The Dow hit 20,000! Now, get over it.

Debra Silversmith, Chief Investment Officer, First Western Trust
Published 1/25/16

Dow 20,000 finally happened. But does it matter?

Watching for the 20,000 level on the Dow Jones Industrial Average had become an investing sideshow. At one point, the media was breathless as the DJIA inched, intraday, to less than one point away.

But just because the financial media obsesses on the Dow passing the latest big round-number record doesn’t mean the rest of us should follow its lead…

Stock Market Commentary

With constant media attention focusing on interest rates, geopolitical concerns, global markets, and daily stock market changes, it can be hard to sort through the noise and find reputable financial market commentary. Our teams are committed to doing careful due diligence and providing relevant economic information to help you understand what is going on in the market and how it impacts your investment portfolio. Check out our most recent weekly and quarterly resources below.

Come back regularly for our most recent commentary and insights.

Week in Review

Stay on top of important changes taking place in the global economy with insights into key events and economic factors impacting global and domestic markets.

Read our recent Week in Review updates:

Quarterly Economic Review

From valuations and volatility, to consumer sentiment and production, changes happen throughout every quarter that impact your portfolio. Our Quarterly Economic Review provides a timely look back at the marketplace and the key events that impacted quarter.

4Q 2016 Recap

Fourth quarter 2016 will likely be long remembered for Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election. However, we would be remiss if we didn’t point out that fourth quarter also witnessed continued improvement in U.S. economic data, equity markets reaching new all-time highs, and the Fed raising interest rates for just the second time in over ten years.

Learn more from our Quarterly Economic Review.

4Q 2016 S&P500 Chronology

Fourth quarter will largely be remembered for Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election and the subsequent market rally which resulted in new record highs for every major U.S. equity index.
4Q16 S&P 500 Chronology

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