21 06, 2022

Weekly Market Commentary – The fight against inflation intensified.

2022-06-21T13:56:01-04:00June 21st, 2022|Weekly Market Commentary|

The Markets The fight against inflation intensified. Last week, the Federal Reserve (Fed) delivered a message that it is serious about fighting inflation. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) lifted the federal funds target rate by 0.75 percentage points. The fed funds rate is now 1.50 percent to 1.75 percent. The Fed also has begun to shrink its $9 trillion balance sheet by selling Treasury securities and agency mortgage-backed securities, a process known as quantitative tightening (QT), reported Kate Duguid, Colby Smith, and Tommy Stubbington of Financial Times (FT). The Fed’s balance sheet expanded greatly during the past few years [...]

13 06, 2022

Weekly Market Commentary – Inflation is proving to be far more tenacious than markets had hoped.

2022-06-13T17:03:00-04:00June 13th, 2022|Weekly Market Commentary|

The Markets Inflation is proving to be far more tenacious than markets had hoped. The idea that inflation peaked in March was put to rest last week when the Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed that inflation accelerated in May. Overall, prices were up 8.6 percent last month, an increase from April’s 8.3 percent. It was the highest inflation reading we’ve seen since December 1981. The most significant price increases were in energy (+34.6%) and food (+10.1%). That’s unfortunate because the War in Ukraine has a significant influence on food and energy prices right now, and no one knows how [...]

6 06, 2022

Weekly Market Commentary – How strong is the United States economy?

2022-06-06T14:27:07-04:00June 6th, 2022|Weekly Market Commentary|

The Markets How strong is the United States economy? That’s the question investors were mulling after last week’s jobs report. More jobs were created in May than economists expected, and the labor force participation rate rose, meaning even more people are returning to work. Overall, the unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent. However, unemployment rates varied by age, sex and race: Adult men: 4 percent Adult women: 4 percent Asian: 4 percent Black: 2 percent Hispanic: 3 percent White: 2 percent Teenagers: 4 percent From an inflation perspective, there was some good news in the employment report as earnings [...]

31 05, 2022

Weekly Market Commentary – Investors reassessed and markets bounced.

2022-06-02T10:58:28-04:00May 31st, 2022|Weekly Market Commentary|

The Markets Investors reassessed and markets bounced. Last week, major U.S. stock indices moved higher for the first time in weeks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 6.2 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was up 6.6 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite rose 6.9 percent, reported Ben Levisohn of Barron’s. The change in investor attitude may have been influenced by a variety of factors, including: Strong corporate earnings (profits). Not only were U.S. companies profitable during the first three months of this year, company leaders and market analysts anticipate they will remain profitable throughout 2022. Ninety-seven percent of [...]

23 05, 2022

Weekly Market Commentary – On the fear and greed cycle…

2022-05-23T13:47:13-04:00May 23rd, 2022|Weekly Market Commentary|

The Markets On the fear and greed cycle. One of the most challenging times for investors is a market downturn. Whether markets are experiencing a correction or a bear market, it’s really disturbing to watch the value of your savings and investments decline. Last week, the CNN Business Fear & Greed Index showed extreme fear was the emotion driving investment decisions. The Index “is a way to gauge stock market movements and whether stocks are fairly priced. The theory is based on the logic that excessive fear tends to drive down share prices, and too much greed tends to [...]

16 05, 2022

Weekly Market Commentary – Living with a bear

2022-05-16T14:14:04-04:00May 16th, 2022|Weekly Market Commentary|

The Markets Living with a bear. On the survival series “Alone,” the tension ratchets higher whenever participants encounter bears. Some participants live warily alongside bears, while others tap out. A similar thing happens among investors when they encounter a bear market. What is a bear market? People define bear markets in different ways. Some people say a share price decline of 20 percent is bear market territory. Last week, the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index was down 19.6 percent before Friday’s rally, according to Ben Levisohn of Barron’s, and the Nasdaq Composite was already down more than 20 [...]

9 05, 2022

Weekly Market Commentary – There is a lot of uncertainty in financial markets – and markets hate uncertainty.

2022-05-09T16:07:20-04:00May 9th, 2022|Weekly Market Commentary|

The Markets There is a lot of uncertainty in financial markets – and markets hate uncertainty. In recent weeks, economic and financial market data have been telling different stories – and that makes it tough for investors to know where the United States economy is headed. Since stock markets move up and down based on what investors think will happen in the future, markets have been volatile. Here are some of the issues that have contributed to recent uncertainty. Is economic growth slowing? At the end of April, the advance estimate for gross domestic product (GDP), which is a measure [...]

2 05, 2022

Weekly Market Commentary – Correction and contraction….

2022-05-02T16:03:53-04:00May 2nd, 2022|Weekly Market Commentary|

The Markets Correction and contraction.... Investing during 2022 has been like running a forest trail and having unexpected obstacles appear every so often – a fallen tree, a swarm of biting flies, a bear with cubs – you get the idea. To-date, economic, coronavirus-related, and geopolitical events have taken a toll from stock and bond markets, as well as the U.S. economy. For example: Prices were high as we entered the year and have continued to rise. Last week, the Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index, a broad gauge of inflation across the United States, reported that inflation was 6.6 percent [...]

25 04, 2022

Weekly Market Commentary – The Federal Reserve’s Ice Bucket Challenge…

2022-04-25T14:06:27-04:00April 25th, 2022|Weekly Market Commentary|

The MarketsThe Federal Reserve’s Ice Bucket Challenge…Remember a few years ago when people raised money for charity by challenging others to pour buckets of icy water over their heads? Last week, the Federal Reserve poured a bucket of ice water over the United States stock market. Randall W. Forsyth of Barron’s explained:“In the past week, Fed officials stepped up their rhetorical anti-inflation campaign, with Jerome Powell all but promising a half-point increase in the federal-funds target range at the next Federal Open Market Committee meeting, on May 3-4. And other Fed district presidents raised the possibility of more forceful action, [...]

18 04, 2022

Weekly Market Commentary – Here’s a riddle: How can inflation be 8.5 percent and 6.5 percent at the same time? The answer is that it depends on how you measure it.

2022-04-18T20:26:52-04:00April 18th, 2022|Weekly Market Commentary|

The Markets Here’s a riddle: How can inflation be 8.5 percent and 6.5 percent at the same time? The answer is that it depends on how you measure it. Determining how quickly prices are rising or falling – and where they may be headed in the future – is not simple. In the United States, millions of goods and services are bought and sold every day – shelter, food, transportation, energy, water, education, childcare, equipment and tools, medical care, furnishings, apparel, trash removal, and much more. The government relies on two indexes: the Consumer Price index (CPI) and the [...]

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