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Market Commentary, 5/16/22

Living with a bear. On the survival series “Alone,” the tension ratchets higher whenever participants encounter bears. Some participants live warily alongside bears, while others

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Market Commentary, 5/2/22

Correction and contraction…. Investing during 2022 has been like running a forest trail and having unexpected obstacles appear every so often – a fallen tree,

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Market Commentary, 4/11/22

The first quarter of 2022 was jam-packed with volatility-inducing events: rising inflation, war in Ukraine, rising interest rates, sanctions on Russia, and a new COVID-19

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Market Commentary, 4/4/22

Checking in on the Federal Reserve. Among other things, Congress asks the Federal Reserve to use its tools to promote price stability and  maximum employment.

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Market Commentary, 3/7/22

The world is adapting to a changing reality. As the war in Ukraine intensified last week, financial markets grappled with uncertainty. “After watching financial markets

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Market Commentary, 2/28/22

Last week, Russia invaded Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision ignited the biggest military conflict in Europe since World War II. The war is already

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Market Commentary, 2/22/22

Investors’ appetite for risk diminished as the Russian threat to Ukraine intensified. Volatility was high last week as investors guessed and second-guessed how markets would

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Market Commentary, 2/14/22

Why did stock markets in the United States finish the week lower? If this were Jeopardy, acceptable answers to that question might include:  Rising inflation.

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Market Commentary, 2/7/22

A rosy view through the rearview mirror. To say that economists did not have great expectations for the January employment report might be understating their

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Stocks’ Road Ahead

The calendar had barely flipped to 2022 and investors were reminded that even attractive long-term stock returns come with a cost: volatility. The S&P 500

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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

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Market Commentary, 1/3/22

2021 was a fizzing mints-in-soda kind of year. Everything seemed to shoot higher – from COVID-19 cases and vaccinations to economic growth and global stock

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Market Commentary, 12/6/21

Investors look to the future. Last week, employment and manufacturing data confirmed that the United States economy continued to strengthen in November, but positive economic

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Vaccines in the Workplace

Here are the latest resources to help you navigate newly released vaccine guidelines and consider what workplace policies and programs fit best within your organization.

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Market Commentary, 11/8/21

Feeling bullish… Investor bullishness ticked higher last week on all four investor sentiment gauges tracked by Barron’s.Investor optimism may have been fanned by positive financial

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Market Commentary, 10/18/21

Don’t get spooked! Barron’s Big Money Poll is an exclusive survey of market sentiment among professional investors. Last week, Nicholas Jasinski reported on 2021’s findings:

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Market Commentary, 9/20/21

In recent weeks, bullish sentiment has drifted lower like sediment settling after a storm.  Every month, Bank of America (BofA) surveys global asset managers. The

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Market Commentary, 8/9/21

Are we there yet? For months, investors have wondered when the Federal Reserve (Fed) might begin to “normalize” its policies, a process that will eventually

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Market Commentary, 7/26/21

The Markets Shortest ever. Last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finally announced the official dates for the recession that occurred in 2020.

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Picking Up Speed

In the first half of 2021, the U.S. economy powered forward faster than nearly anyone had expected. Speed can be exhilarating, but it can also

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Market Commentary, 7/6/21

The Markets The world is about halfway back to normal. The Economist developed theGlobal Normalcy Index (GNI) to measure the post-pandemic return to normal. In

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Market Commentary, 6/28/21

The Markets What begins with the letter “I”? Infrastructure is essential and sometimes taken for granted. Pipes carry drinking water to our homes, offices, and

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Market Commentary, 6/14/21

The Markets It’s transitory. It’s not transitory. It’s transitory. It’s not transitory. Media analysts were plucking the inflation daisy petals last week. On Thursday, the

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Gearing Up For Summer

As we move into June, a path to normalcy is coming quickly with stadiums allowing full capacity, restaurants filling up, and summer vacations in full

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Market Commentary, 5/17/21

The Markets Uncle Inflation is here. Will he overstay his welcome? Ever since the financial crisis, central banks have pursued expansionary monetary policies to encourage

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Market Commentary, 5/10/21

The Markets Like a gender reveal gone wrong, last week’s employment report delivered an unexpected surprise. Economists estimated 975,000 new jobs would be created in

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Out of the Shadows

As the calendar has turned to May, the popular “Sell in May and Go Away” stock market cliché is getting a lot of airtime. This

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