A Weekly Economic Update

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Markets responded calmly as both numbers were in the neighborhood of expectations and the monthly increase for each moderated from previous single-month increases. The price pressures are expected to remain in the face of continuing supply chain constraints and wage growth. The pace and persistence of price increases may influence the speed at which the Fed may tighten in the year ahead.

A Weekly Economic Update

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In this week’s recap: Market copes with unpleasant news; Powell surprises, Omicron concerns, and a less than stellar jobs report disappoints.

Estate Taxes May Be Amended Soon

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Lowering the estate tax exemption to $5 million would raise an estimated $52.3 billion over five years. 1 As difficult as it may be, the best approach is to wait-and-see. It would be hasty to make any estate changes based on current discussions.

Roller-Coaster Week in Washington

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The truth is that by working with a financial professional, you’ve already taken steps to create an overall financial strategy that can weather changing circumstances. In any long-term investment lifecycle, there will be some roller-coaster political weeks. 

Making Sense of Seemingly Inconsistent Numbers

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Wise investors take the longer view, understanding that while these numbers do affect and reflect the markets, they don’t always represent the full picture. By investing in a strategy that takes years to play out, you know that the economic “big picture” isn’t a snapshot, it’s an epic film.

The September Effect

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Inflation is just one factor to consider when making adjustments to a portfolio. But if you’re unsure, thanks to the mixed messaging I’ve seen lately, please reach out. We’d welcome the chance to hear your perspective.

MIXED SIGNALS ON INFLATION

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Inflation is just one factor to consider when making adjustments to a portfolio. But if you’re unsure, thanks to the mixed messaging I’ve seen lately, please reach out. We’d welcome the chance to hear your perspective.

The Fed Acknowledges Inflation

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It’s important to remember that inflation is just one of the factors considered when creating a portfolio. If inflation trends higher than expected for some time, adjustments may need to occur.