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Protecting Retirement Savings Against Losses

  Investors approaching retirement or already there are understandably concerned about the impact of a bear market on their hard-earned assets. What can they do to protect their retirement savings? Manager of Financial Planning Andrew Busa and Interim Director of Research Jeff DeMaso discussed some options in our recent webinar,* Bear …

What’s the Difference Between a ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ Landing?

If, like so many of our clients, you’re a regular consumer of financial news, you’ve surely heard Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell discussing the central bank’s aim for a “soft landing” resulting from its interest-rate hike policy. Interim Chief Investment Officer and Director of Research Jeff DeMaso parsed the difference between a …

Chart of the Week: Why Home Prices Are So High

We often get asked when home prices will stop rising. The short answer: When more houses come onto the market. This week’s chart was inspired by Bill McBride’s Calculated Risk blog—my go-to resource on the housing market. The chart neatly shows the Econ 101 relationship between supply and demand. When supply (the inventory of …

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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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GDP Up and Stocks Down as January Jitters Jangle Markets

Please note: This update was prepared on Friday, January 28, 2022, prior to the market’s close. Stock and bond markets are particularly jumpy right now—in some cases hitting records for intraday volatility. On both Wednesday and Thursday, the S&P 500 was up around 2% intraday only to give up those gains and …

GDP Up and Stocks Down as January Jitters Jangle Markets

Stock and bond markets are particularly jumpy right now—in some cases hitting records for intraday volatility. On both Wednesday and Thursday, the S&P 500 was up around 2% intraday only to give up those gains and finish in negative territory. We haven’t seen two back-to-back round trips of that size since the …

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