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Are we in a Recession?

Published August 5, 2022 1076 Views

Are we in a Recession?

Here is a question we’ve been getting a lot. Everywhere we look—radio, television, social media—we see headlines and conversations about being in a recession. I’ve seen varying levels of concern and bias, including talks of the US dollar’s impending collapse. As we all...

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Despite Market Troubles, Dividend Payouts Hit a Record High in Q2

Published August 1, 2022 1033 Views

In a reassuring sign to investors during a rocky second quarter, dividend payouts have hit another record, paying $140.6 Billion to stockholders. This is up from the beginning of the year, and nearly $20 billion higher than dividends paid at this time last year. Dividends paid to stockholders...

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Diamond in the Rough

Published July 25, 2022 1757 Views

Have you seen your recent statement? I have. I know you’re not particularly happy seeing losses, and neither am I.  If you work with an Advisor or have been investing for long enough, you may understand that the market ebbs and flows. The media has focused on the negatives for more tha...

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What’s Happening to Bonds, and Bond Funds?

Published July 12, 2022 1359 Views

If you’re curious about what’s been going on with interest rates, and your bond portfolio, let me explain some of what is going on. Most likely, the bonds in your 401(k), and often those in your IRA, are in bond funds. Bond mutual funds and bond exchange-traded funds are pooled investmen...

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The Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates by 0.75 percent

Published June 15, 2022 1886 Views

The Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates by 0.75 percent

After Wednesday’s Federal Reserve meeting, officials announced that they would raise the federal funds target rate by three quarters of one percent, the largest increase since 1994. This displays their intention to get aggressive in tackling inflation, “signaling that its benchmark rate...

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Thoughts about the Recent Market Turmoil

Published June 7, 2022 2088 Views

 

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What is going on with Inflation?

Published May 23, 2022 2380 Views

As you may have noticed, inflation is here. In April, inflation was 8.3% compared to last year, slightly down from March, which was 8.5%, but still a four-decade high inflation rate. (1) The Federal Reserve believes that they have the resolve and ability to bring U.S. inflation down, but to what lev...

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What does a “Strong” Dollar mean for your wallet?

Published April 27, 2022 2846 Views

What does a “Strong” Dollar mean for your wallet?

Lately, the dollar has been rising in strength internationally. What is meant by a “strong” dollar, is that Dollars are more expensive to purchase in other currencies, for example: Euros, Yen, or Pounds. Recently, the price, or the exchange rate, of Euros has dropped to less than 1.08 Do...

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What do the increasing interest rates mean for your bottom line?

Published April 13, 2022 3133 Views

What do the increasing interest rates mean for your bottom line?

The news is filled with talks on “interest rates going up” and the Federal Reserve “raising rates,” because they are - but what does this actually mean for you? The Federal Reserve, the central banking system of US government and it is taking action to make it more expensive...

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January 2022 and Market Volatility

Published January 25, 2022 6243 Views

January 2022 and Market Volatility

It has been a challenging start to 2022 for the stock market. January is on pace for the worst month since the pandemic started in March of 2020. We have seen days with significant volatility and all three major indices on average down 10%. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on why this is happen...

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