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Market Action Update: Eye on the Bear

| 6/14/22 3:42 PM
3 minute read

The S&P 500 officially entered “bear market” territory after flirting with it in the month of May. This is now the eleventh bear market for the S&P 500 since it was first created back in 1957, and the first since March 2020. In the last few days the S&P 500 has experienced declines of -1.08%, -2.38%, -2.91%, and -3.88%, for a whopping -10.25% correction. As noted in our most recent The Week Ahead – The Same Story… On Repeat, last..

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Investment Commentary Investments & Economy Grow

Market Action Update: The Waiting Game

| 5/6/22 3:29 PM
4 minute read

As we noted in our latest quarterly update, “Volatility is Back with Vengeance,” the start of 2022 has been turbulent. Since we released that commentary, we have seen global markets continue their gyrations with ebbs and flows, both to the positive and negative, as investors continue to await data points for the search for “normal.” 

Since the second quarter started, investors have gone through 24 trading days for the S&P 500. Out..

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Volatility Is Back with a Vengeance

| 4/21/22 12:37 PM
12 minute read

After a record-setting year in 2021 for the markets, we saw the return of volatility to start 2022. In fact, volatility returned with a vengeance in the first quarter of 2022, which has been more volatile than all of 2021. Indeed, it is true that the stock market had “everything but the kitchen sink” thrown at it in the past quarter, including a surge in inflation to 40-year highs, the Federal Reserve’s promise to raise rates..

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