What’s moving the markets?

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Inflation and monetary tightening. The Federal Reserve has been at the top of investment market minds lately. Market volatility has increased with the inflation numbers and expectations that the Fed will need to act more strongly to combat rising prices. Translation? Higher interest rates, less money supply, and a sped-up timeframe in which they aim to get there. None of Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Omicron variant. The arrival of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 sent a jolt through the equity markets the Friday after Thanksgiving. We have seen the market react to news of new COVID-19 variants in a similar fashion as this disease continues to evolve along with our treatments and vaccines. The shortened trading day and lighter Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Earnings in the spotlight. Corporate earnings have once again taken center stage in the market movements as companies continue to deliver strong revenue and earnings growth. Positive earnings were expected and seem to be providing some much needed stability to the markets following a more volatile September and early October.  Inflation anxiety. Inflation is still supplying Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Political dysfunction in Washington. Divisions in Congress continue to rage as efforts to address the looming debt ceiling and pass the bipartisan infrastructure package remain stymied. Senate Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling in order to pay for expenses previously appropriated, and spent, by Congress. An intraparty hostage situation is taking place between the moderate and Read More

What financial freedom looks like (and how to achieve it)

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The notion of financial freedom has evolved quite a bit recently. Wealth accumulation alone no longer dictates whether someone is successful. Instead, it has become less about the amount of money in your bank account and more about your purpose-driven financial lifestyle. Projecting an appearance of wealth is far less important to many Americans. Utilizing Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Federal Reserve walking a tightrope. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell continues his reassurances that the punch bowl will not be removed yet. While he has indicated his inflation criteria have been achieved, his full employment criteria have not. Fed Chair Powell is walking a fine line indeed, as inflation worries have begun to concern other economists. Yet Read More

What’s moving the markets?

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Infrastructure deal. The bipartisan infrastructure deal has successfully made its way through the initial stages of legislating. Now comes the hard part – amending and securing a final successful vote in both the House and the Senate. While any number of significant hurdles may remain, the broad framework seems to be in place for this bill Read More