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Apr 25, 2022
Investor Concerns and Looking Ahead
After a sizzling 2021 and a roaring 4th quarter, equity markets began 2022 on a distinct down-note. Recovery from the COVID pandemic provided blue skies for two years of solid equity gains, but storm clouds were brewing on the horizon. Increased inflation caused interest rates to drift higher during the fourth quarter of 2021, and that rise began to accelerate in the new year, precipitating a sharp decline in equities, even before any official rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. Adding to the downdraft was a slump in economic activity from a resurgent COVID virus around the world, and then the onset of war in Europe as Russia invaded Ukraine. By their mid-March lows, the S&P 500 had entered correction territory with a decline of over 10%, and the NASDAQ Composite was in a bear market with a decline of more than 20% from its high.
Apr 25, 2022
Apr 25, 2022
Investor Concerns and Looking Ahead
After a sizzling 2021 and a roaring 4th quarter, equity markets began 2022 on a distinct down-note. Recovery from the COVID pandemic provided blue skies for two years of solid equity gains, but storm clouds were brewing on the horizon.
Apr 25, 2022
Sep 29, 2020
The Impact of the U.S. Presidential Election on Markets
American politics has been highly polarized for at least the past 20 years, and often the policy proposals of the two major parties have been significantly different from each other. So, it is not surprising that each side views itself as good for the economy while portraying the other as a looming disaster. With polls expected to tighten as election day draws near, many investors wonder how financial markets might respond to the various possible outcomes.
Sep 29, 2020
Jun 23, 2020
The Likely Paths Out of COVID-19
Recessions, defined by economists as negative GDP growth for two consecutive quarters, are a natural component of the business cycle and on average have happened every four years since 1900. Our current situation is different in that it is not solely driven by economic forces. The global pandemic created a sense of urgency to dramatically limit our ability to interact with each other, so what we are experiencing now can be best described not as a recession but rather an economic shutdown. This distinction may be obvious, but it is important for us to understand this as we make our way out of this unprecedented predicament.
Jun 23, 2020
Mar 06, 2017
Bring the Pieces of Your Financial Plan Together
For most of us, wealth is not an end itself, but a means to living a rewarding life – achieving personal goals, caring for family members and contributing to the larger society around us. All of this requires a vision of what we want to accomplish and how we intend to do it.
Mar 06, 2017
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