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Weekly Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary
8/2/2022

Investors thought they heard a dovish note from the Federal Reserve and markets rallied. Last week, we learned from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) that economic growth in the United States slowed for the second consecutive quarter.

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Weekly Market Commentary
7/26/2022

A lot of people are worried that a recession may be in our future. Some think it may already be here. Unemployment is low (3.6 percent), and inflation is high (9.1 percent). Both tend to occur when an economy is experiencing strong growth. That makes it difficult to believe the United States is in a recession, but some data is pointing that way.

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Weekly Market Commentary
7/19/2022

Nobody is happy, but Americans are feeling more optimistic. Last week, headlines blasted the new inflation numbers.

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Weekly Market Commentary
7/12/2022

The Fed is laser focused on calming inflation. At a June press conference, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said, “We have both the tools we need and the resolve that it will take to restore price stability on behalf of American families and businesses.

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Weekly Market Commentary
7/5/2022

The first six months of 2022 have earned a place in history books. 2022 is likely to become part of the lore passed from generation to generation. Stories will be told about this bear market, as well as the remarkable political and social events that have occurred in the United States and elsewhere. Here is a brief look back at the last three months.

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Weekly Market Commentary
6/28/2022

Last week, bad news was good news. Consumers were feeling blue in June, according to the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey. The survey scored sentiment at 50, which was the lowest level on record.

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Weekly Market Commentary
6/21/2022

The fight against inflation intensified. Last week, the Federal Reserve (Fed) delivered a message that it is serious about fighting inflation. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) lifted the federal funds target rate by 0.75 percentage points.

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Weekly Market Commentary
6/13/2022

Inflation is proving to be far more tenacious than markets had hoped. The idea that inflation peaked in March was put to rest last week when the Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed that inflation accelerated in May.

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Weekly Market Commentary
6/7/2022

How strong is the United States economy? That’s the question investors were mulling after last week’s jobs report. More jobs were created in May than economists expected, and the labor force participation rate rose, meaning even more people are returning to work.

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Weekly Market Commentary
5/31/2022

Investors reassessed and markets bounced. Last week, major U.S. stock indices moved higher for the first time in weeks.

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Weekly Market Commentary
5/24/2022

On the fear and greed cycle. One of the most challenging times for investors is a market downturn. Whether markets are experiencing a correction or a bear market, it’s really disturbing to watch the value of your savings and investments decline

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Weekly Market Commentary
5/17/2022

People define bear markets in different ways. Some people say a share price decline of 20 percent is bear market territory.

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Weekly Market Commentary
5/10/2022

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.

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Weekly Market Commentary
5/3/2022

Correction and contraction…. To-date, economic, coronavirus-related, and geopolitical events have taken a toll from stock and bond markets, as well as the U.S. economy.

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