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Robust Earnings Curb Delta Skid

Please note: This update was prepared on Friday, July 23, 2021, before the market’s close. Earnings optimism overshadowed a surprising jump in the number of people applying for unemployment this week. That same surge in sentiment outweighed investor concern over the spread of COVID-19’s delta variant among the unvaccinated and its potential …

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Infrastructure Lifts Investor Optimism

Please note: This update was prepared on Friday, June 25, 2021, before the market’s close. For about a second, infrastructure overshadowed inflation as the “I” word on investors’ minds. Lawmakers in Washington struck a tentative deal on Thursday to fund highways and bridges, build enhanced rail systems and expand high-speed internet access. …

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Fidelity Expands ESG Lineup

Fidelity Expands ESG Lineup

Fidelity Investments launched five new actively managed environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds last week. The new funds include two equity mutual funds, one bond mutual fund and two equity ETFs, bringing Fidelity’s total ESG lineup to 11 mutual funds and ETFs. The new funds are available …

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The Main Event: Rate Hike Conjecture

Please note: This update was prepared on Friday, June 18, 2021, before the market’s close. Stocks have been weak all week—meanwhile, bonds swayed and ultimately rose in price. The reason: What was billed as possibly the most consequential gathering of monetary policymakers in decades. Traders hung on every word uttered by Federal …

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Is the Fed Bowing to Political Pressure?

President Trump’s unprecedented public criticism of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has led to some media speculation that the central bank is basing policy decisions on political sensitivities rather than economic realities. Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell discussed politics and the Fed in our recent quarterly webinar*: Investing Through Impeachments and

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