• Wait and Watch

    WAIT AND WATCH MODE

    THE MARKETS We are in watch and wait mode. We are watching for indications that the stock market has hit bottom. Some hoped it would have already happened, but time will tell. Some strong up days over the past two weeks are a positive sign, so we’ll be keeping a close watch. Despite the Fed’s […]

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  • Riding Out The Storm

    RIDING OUT THE STORM

    It continues to be a challenging time with the downturn of the market and with inflation of the economy, causing interest rate hikes. History proves that corrections in markets are always followed by a positive market. We are in one of those periods, together, where patience and commitment to your plan will have the positive […]

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  • Payment Phones

    September 27, 2022

    The Markets Here are some quick snippets of the latest financial news … Despite signs that inflation is slowing, Fed officials emphasized their commitment to a tightening policy to lower inflation. It was anticipated a third consecutive rate hike of 75 basis points. That event occurred and the market sold off. Ironically, Investors disregarded the […]

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  • Federal Reserve Building

    September 21st, 2022

    AN UNDECIDED MARKET “Don’t fight the Fed.” -Marty Zweig, famed investor and market forecaster, 1970. The “Fed” is the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States. Among other things, the Fed influences monetary conditions in pursuit of price stability and full employment. As we’ve seen recently – with unemployment low and inflation high – the […]

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  • May 9th, 2022

    An Economy of Mixed Signals The Markets There is a lot of uncertainty in financial markets and markets hate uncertainty. In recent weeks, economic and financial market data have been telling different stories – and that makes it tough for investors to know where the United States economy is headed. Since stock markets move up […]

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  • April 28, 2022

    The Federal Reserve’s Ice Bucket Challenge… The Markets Remember a few years ago when people raised money for charity by challenging others to pour buckets of icy water over their heads? Last week, the Federal Reserve poured a bucket of ice water over the United States stock market. The Fed’s goal is to slow high […]

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  • April 19, 2022

    Weekly Market Commentary April 19, 2022 What happening with bonds and inflation? The Markets I want to take a moment to cover 2 topics that are playing out for all of us. First, many retired people are constantly told or read that they should be in bonds because they are safe. Well, are they really? […]

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  • March 28, 2022

    What happening with bonds and inflation? The Markets I want to take a moment to cover 2 topics that are playing out for all of us. First, many retired people are constantly told or read that they should be in bonds because they are safe. Well, are they really? At the end of the first […]

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  • January 7, 2022

    Market Wrap up 2021 The Markets 2021 was a plentiful kind of year. Everything seemed to move higher – from COVID-19 cases and vaccinations to economic growth and global stock markets. Everything except for optimism. As the year came to an end, a CBS News poll found that 40 percent of Americans felt 2021 was […]

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  • December 15, 2021

    Inflation Data Trends The Markets Inflation met expectations. When the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) last week, it showed that inflation was at levels last seen in 1982. In November, prices were up 0.8 percent month-to-month and 6.8 percent year-to-year. “It was the blowout, inflation number that everyone was expecting—and […]

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