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Stocks Rise, Bonds Falter as Fed Shows Talons

Please note: This update was prepared on Friday, March 25, 2022, prior to the market’s close. After last week’s relief rally produced the best run of returns since November 2020, stocks were all over the map in anticipation of, then relief over, then fear of the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate policy. Fed Chair …

Stocks Rise, Bonds Falter as Fed Shows Talons

After last week’s relief rally produced the best run of returns since November 2020, stocks were all over the map in anticipation of, then relief over, then fear of the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate policy. Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s hawkish remarks Monday afternoon sent indexes sliding again, leaving some to fret that policymakers …

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Recession: Imminent or Avoidable?

Please note: This update was prepared on Friday, March 11, 2022, prior to the market’s close. Headlines drove market action this week. They focused primarily on the latest developments in Russia’s war on Ukraine’s cities and citizenry, but also on still-rising inflation. And talk about volatility! On Monday, the NASDAQ Composite entered …

Recession: Imminent or Avoidable?

Headlines drove market action this week. They focused primarily on the latest developments in Russia’s war on Ukraine’s cities and citizenry, but also on still-rising inflation. And talk about volatility! On Monday, the NASDAQ Composite entered a bear market (off more than 20% from its November high) and the S&P 500 slipped …

Are Good Times Gone for Growth Stocks?

Tech has taken a drubbing of late as traders have switched allegiances from growth stocks to value stocks. The tech-heavy NASDAQ composite index careened into correction territory on Wednesday—down 10% from its November high—before dipping another 1.3% on Thursday. The pain is explained primarily by expectations. With multiple interest-rate rises, slower growth …

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Are Good Times Gone for Growth Stocks?

Tech has taken a drubbing of late as traders have switched allegiances from growth stocks to value stocks. The tech-heavy NASDAQ composite index careened into correction territory on Wednesday—down 10% from its November high—before dipping another 1.3% on Thursday. The pain is explained primarily by expectations. With multiple interest-rate rises, slower growth …

Welcome to Inflation Nation

The media caterwauling was loud indeed following the week’s consumer price index (CPI) reveal. Prices paid by consumers increased 7.0% year-over-year in December—the highest 12-month inflation rate since June 1982. Strip out food and energy prices, which tend to be more volatile, and costs to consumers rose 5.5%—the most in 30 years. …

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