What’s moving the markets?

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Big earnings week. 4th quarter earnings are shaping up to be weaker than expected. This week is a big one as many of the mega cap names are scheduled to report. The underlying concern? If earnings continue to weaken with U.S. equity markets at already elevated valuations, it might lead to additional weakness in stock Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Fed policy ‘roadmap’. As the market expected, the Federal Reserve increased rates by .75% at their most recent meeting. The consensus is that they will begin to slow down future increases with an expected .50% hike in December. From there, rate hikes are likewise projected to move down towards more traditional .25% bumps. The Fed’s Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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The markets rebound. The markets have finally had a good month, as the previous two were quite ugly. The rebound we have been experiencing can likely be traced to the hopes of a Fed pivot away from rising interest rates by year end. A narrative is taking hold that inflation may have finally peaked, leaving Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Federal Reserve and interest rates. A hawkish mentality has entrenched itself amongst the powers that be at the Federal Reserve. The commentary from Fed Chair Jerome Powell and other Fed officials (i.e. continued big rate hikes to deal with inflation) may be laying it on a bit thick. In reality, they may be overselling their Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Jerome Powell resets expectations. When Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell spoke at the annual Jackson Hole Symposium, he let the world know that inflation is the Fed’s number one concern. He went so far as to explicitly state that the remedy to address inflation will lead to “some pain to households and businesses.” The comments did not Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Interest rate hikes. The Fed is showing its biggest concern in the short run is fighting inflation. Understandable, as the prospect of continued uncontrolled price increases would strike fear in most any economist. Jay Powell and Co. are certainly showing they are going to address inflation now, with a 0.75 percentage point rate raise this week Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Inflation and interest rates. The majority of the market movements these days are being driven by a single topic: inflation. Inflation keeps cruising at near double-digit rates, as the Federal Reserve responds with higher rates and tighter policy. The result is market volatility as investors act on conflicting forecasts of an impending recession or easing of Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Inflation. Inflation continues to push itself to the top of the list of the market moving forces these days. Everyone (myself included) is parsing any and all data regarding the direction of inflation. Recent numbers potentially indicate that inflation could be beginning to decelerate, meaning we may be nearing the top of the inflationary hill. The Federal Reserve is Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Federal Reserve. Rhetoric from relevant minds at the Federal Reserve escalated over the past month. Many important decision makers at the Fed have expressly stated that a half percentage point increase in interest rates is likely to occur when they meet next week. This is an acceleration in their tightening plans, which underscores two things: (1) inflation is Read More

Reality check: Homeownership

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Ah, homeownership. There’s so much to think about. First, a few things to keep in mind: This isn’t an anti-homeownership post. In fact, buying a house can be an excellent financial goal to accomplish. It can also be one of the biggest financial mistakes out there. Knowing what you’re really getting into is the best Read More