Market Update for the Month Ending September 30, 2017

The PKA Team By | On October 9, 2017

Positive quarter for global markets September was a positive month for most financial markets, capping off a solid quarter. In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.16 percent, the S&P 500 Index was up 2.06 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.11 percent. For the quarter, these three indices were up 5.58 percent, […]

Market Update For The Month Ending August 31, 2017

The PKA Team By | On September 7, 2017

Strong August for global markets August was a solid month for global markets; all three major U.S. indices ended the period on a positive note. The S&P 500 Index, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq were up 0.31 percent, 0.65 percent, and 1.43 percent, respectively. Fundamentals drove the positive equity performance. According to FactSet, as […]

North Korea and the Financial Markets

The PKA Team By | On August 15, 2017

The developing situation between the U.S. and North Korea has rattled the financial markets this week. Should we be worried? Hitting a breaking point Let’s start with the actual geopolitical situation. The U.S. and North Korea are hitting a breaking point. The U.S. cannot accept North Korea having the ability to strike the mainland with […]

Market Update for the Month Ending July 31, 2017

The PKA Team By | On August 7, 2017

Global markets post solid results in July Financial markets around the globe rose in July. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index gained 2.06 percent, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.68 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite surged 3.42 percent. On a technical basis, all three indices remained well above their 200-day moving averages. Fundamentals […]

Market Update for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2017

The PKA Team By | On July 10, 2017

Mixed returns in June cap strong second quarter Large-cap equities did well in June, even as technology stocks ran into turbulence. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index posted solid gains of 1.74 percent and 0.62 percent, respectively. But the technology-laden Nasdaq suffered, finishing the month down 0.87 percent. Quarterly results were better. […]

Market Update for the Month Ending May 31, 2017

The PKA Team By | On June 6, 2017

Positive month for markets as risks recede The three major U.S. stock indices did well in May. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished May with a 0.71-percent gain, and the S&P 500 Index rose 1.41 percent. Leading the pack was the Nasdaq, which was up 2.67 percent. Improving fundamentals drove gains. FactSet reported that, as […]

The Trump Tax Proposal: What You Need to Know

The PKA Team By | On May 4, 2017

Last week, the White House unveiled its tax plan, proposing to cut taxes across the board, relieve millions of people from paying income taxes, and streamline filing—all while keeping the budget in balance (or at least not making the situation worse). But are the plan’s promises possible to fulfill, and does it stand a chance of […]

Pratt, Kutzke & Associates Welcomes Andy Lucking, CFP® and Dustin Sauter

The PKA Team By | On January 26, 2017

Pratt, Kutzke & Associates, LLP is pleased to announce that Andy Lucking, CFP® and Dustin Sauter have joined the firm. Andy joins as a Financial Adviser and brings 15 years of industry experience to Pratt, Kutzke & Associates, LLP. In this new role, he will advise clients on financial matters to prepare them for a […]


The PKA Team By | On December 28, 2016

Pratt, Kutzke and Associates, LLP, would like to thank you for your continued trust in our firm and the wonderful recommendations of us to family and friends. We hope you were able to spend quality time with loved ones this holiday season. As we look toward 2017, we reflect back on the events and changes […]

Market Risk and the Trump Bounce

The PKA Team By | On November 14, 2016

Although many were predicting a significant pullback on Mr. Trump’s election, we, in fact, got a fairly significant advance. What’s up with that? There are likely several reasons. First, the nine-day pullback before the election—the longest since 1980—certainly was pricing in some of the probabilities of a Trump win. When he actually won, the uncertainty […]