Looking ahead and Mid-Term Elections

October delivered on its track record as a historically favorable month for stocks, offering some respite for investors as stocks rose for the month. The downside pressure on equities had gotten a bit overdone after investor pessimism during September reached lows not witnessed in quite a few years. From a contrarian perspective, extreme pessimism can … Continued

Could the Worst Be Behind Us?

Given the timing of the recent increase in market volatility, we feel now is a good time to take stock of all that has transpired in 2022. First, It has been a difficult year on many fronts.  Not only for investors but also for households and businesses as we all navigate higher prices and borrowing … Continued

The Best and Worst of Times

When it comes to stock market performance, August was “the best of times, and the worst of times.” The strong market rally that peaked in mid-August was viewed by many analysts as a transition from a bear to bull market, based on the surge in breadth that stocks enjoyed and the magnitude of the two-month … Continued

What’s in Store for the Rest of 2022?

Last week was epic for market-watchers. A Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike, a much-anticipated gross domestic product (GDP) report, and the busiest week of earnings season got most of the headlines. There was even a surprise out of Washington D.C., with a Schumer-Manchin agreement on a climate-healthcare-tax bill and some inflation data that added to … Continued

Looking Forward

As the calendar has turned to July, investors would certainly like to forget the first six months of 2022. However, the Fourth of July Independence Day holiday does bring with it reason for celebration. Not only is it the 246th birthday of the United States of America, but July has historically been a pretty good … Continued

“Good News” about Bear Markets

Markets continue to be volatile, we don’t expect that to stop…the good news is we’ve had some “winning” days lately. Here’s more “good” news about bear markets, and how markets perform when we’re not headed toward recession.  Bear markets without recessions tend to last an average of about seven months, and we’re already five months into … Continued

April Showers, May Flowers?

As we move into spring and leave behind the last signs of a long winter, many worries from a chilly start to the year for markets, unfortunately, are still with us. The S&P 500 Index had its worst April in more than 40 years, leaving the index down over 13% for the year. Previously highflying … Continued

Positivity Amidst Uncertainty

Stocks have gotten off to a very rocky start in 2022, with the potential for Federal Reserve rate hikes coming and the geopolitical worries over Russia and Ukraine only adding to the uncertainty. We don’t want to minimize the impact of that major geopolitical event, but there is some positive news out there, even though … Continued

Moving Forward After a Pullback

Stocks have gotten off to tough start in 2022. Why has the market pulled back and what might we see going forward? Periodic stock market volatility is entirely normal. Historically, the S&P 500 Index has averaged three pullbacks of 5% or more per year and one correction of more than 10% annually. We’ve grown accustomed … Continued

New Beginnings in 2022

With the New Year comes new beginnings, new goals, new challenges, new friendships, and new opportunities. 2021 was an incredible year for the economy and investors, and to us the future remains bright for 2022 and beyond. Taking a look back at 2021, our economy is on track for over 5% growth for the year, … Continued

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