1st Quarter Economic

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The first quarter featured two Fed meetings, with the Fed leaving rates unchanged in January and March. The result is the same current target overnight lending rate of 5.25 – 5.50%, a 23-year high.

Monthly Economic Update: April

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Market bulls were also cheering the prospects of a more accommodating and rate-cutting Fed later this year, and they were bolstered by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s comments on monetary policy, further catalyzing gains for the month.

Monthly Economic Update: March

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The January jobs report released in early February showed a blowout jobs number with 353,000 jobs created vs. 185,000 forecasted. Is strong good employment data a good thing? It depends on how you look at it. 

Monthly Economic Update: February

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January was good for long-term investors in U.S. stocks, especially in megacap tech with AI exposure. Market bulls were cheering the prospects of a more accommodating Fed in 2024, with the rate decision and Fed statement happening on the last day of the month.

Monthly Economic Update: November

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Yes, the seasonal pattern for U.S. equities is strong at this time of year!

Historically, November and December are a strong time of year for U.S. equities. After October’s dismal showing for U.S. stock indexes, market watchers are debating the opportunities in stocks for the remainder of the year.

3rd Quarter of 2023 Economic Review

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Overall, stock market bulls were on the retreat during the third quarter of 2023 as several major stock indexes traded lower in response to rising interest rates and a strong dollar.

In fact, after three consecutive positive quarters for the S&P 500, the large-cap index found some sellers in the third quarter.