Category: The Market

The Fed Raises Rates, Should You Sell Bonds?

Thad Schlaud

Don’t let public perceptions drive your investing because that’s speculating. On May 4th, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 50 basis points and scaled back other pandemic-era economic support, as it stepped-up its fight against the highest inflation we’ve seen in 40 years. “Inflation is much…

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It Might Not Be Enough to Diversify at the Asset Class Level

Ben Klamo

Traditional investing, frequently coined a “buy and hold” investment strategy, incorporates a mix of assets that create a portfolio of investments. This portfolio of assets generates an expected return given an investors’ risk profile. We refer to this type of investing as Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA). At the core of…

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First Quarter 2022 Review and Outlook

David Martin

U.S. equities closed out their first quarterly loss in two years with the S&P 500 Index falling 4.9% in Q1, the first quarterly decline since the 20% plunge in Q1 2020 at the start of the pandemic. The first Fed rate hike since 2018, the highest inflation in 40 years,…

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If Russia Invades Ukraine, What Should You Do?

Thad Schlaud

Wall Street has little recent history to go from, but two things are very likely. Starting in late 2021 and throughout all of 2022, Wall Street has debated what markets might do if Russia invades Ukraine. On February 11, Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, warned that Russia…

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Year End Recap and 2022 Outlook

David Martin

The S&P 500 rallied 26.9% in 2021, thanks in large part to record earnings revisions, the strongest economic growth in decades, and unprecedented stimulus from the Federal Reserve. Those conditions will almost assuredly not be as market friendly in 2022. Earnings growth should slow to single digits, real GDP could…

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Hoping That Next Year is When You Retire Early?

Thad Schlaud

As we enter into a new year, maybe the dream of an early retirement starts to take shape in your mind. Maybe you’re researching when you might first qualify for Social Security retirement benefits (hint: for Social Security income, the youngest age when you can apply is 61 years and…

Categories: Family, The Market

What Does the Fed Do When It “Tapers”?

Ben Klamo

In our previous “Insights” blog, we provided a basic understanding of the Federal Reserve Bank and its objectives. As you recall, the two main objectives are stable price growth and full employment. Taken together, the Fed (with an appropriate monetary policy) may be able to effect and promote sustainable economic…

Categories: The Market

Third Quarter 2021 Market Review and Outlook

David Martin

All good things must come to an end. The cascading of bad news at the end of September was finally too much for what had been a historically resilient stock market. Global supply chain disruptions, soaring energy prices, COVID-19, stalled infrastructure bills, inflation worries, Chinese contagion fears, and a looming…

Categories: Industry Ideas, The Market

“Transitory” Inflation and The Federal Reserve Bank

Ben Klamo

The Federal Reserve has had two main objectives since its creation. One includes maintaining full employment in the economy and stable price levels. Another not-so-common job the Fed is tasked with is acting as the lender of last resort. In a nutshell, the Fed stands ready and willing to prevent…

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