It’s All About Inflation

It’s All About Inflation

U.S. equities closed out the quarter with their first quarterly loss in two years mostly due to soaring inflation, the Federal Reserve’s policy pivot and the war in Ukraine.  Economic measures of inflation have now reached a 40-year high and are forcing the Fed to...
Another Good Year.  Really?

Another Good Year. Really?

2021 turned out to be another profitable year for stock investors. Except for a few brief selloff’s, the S&P 500 gained 26.9 % for the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 18.7% in 2021, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 21.4%. If one were to view the...
Theft by Another Name

Theft by Another Name

It seems every year the markets have some economic theme that dominates the news and drives volatility. These themes always vary in topic but are common in that they all relate to big picture issues such as Fed policy, the jobs market, elections, etc. This year the...
Another Good Year.  Really?

Who’d a Thought?

Despite all the terrible news from this past year, the U.S. stock and bond markets ended at all-time highs fueled by the largest government stimulus program in history and optimism that the economic shutdowns will soon be over. The S&P 500, Dow Industrial Average...