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  • Weekly Market Performance – Markets Finish Lower For Sixth Straight Week
    Friday, May 13, 2022 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Markets Finish Lower Amid another volatile week for the markets, the U.S. major market indexes finished lower for the sixth straight week. This hasn’t happened since 2011.  … Continue reading →
  • Five Things You Should Know About the Traditional 60/40 Portfolio
    Friday, May 13, 2022 It’s been a tough year so far for a traditional “60/40” portfolio, a portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds. Using the S&P 500 Index and the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (“Agg”) to represent stocks … Continue reading →
  • Oh Great, Here Comes Friday The 13th
    Thursday, May 12, 2022 This is one of the worst starts to a year ever and now we have to worry about Friday the 13th. That’s right, tomorrow, May 13, will be the first Friday the 13th since August 2021. … Continue reading →
  • April Market Insights – Markets Lost Ground Amid A Challenging 2022
    Wednesday, May 11, 2022 View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Stocks lost ground in April, reversing all of the March gains as the S&P 500 Index tumbled 8.8%. The latest resinous inflation reports and corresponding hawkish response from the … Continue reading →
  • Moderating Inflation Should Provide Boost in Consumer Confidence
    Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Moderating Inflation Should Provide Boost in Consumer Confidence A slight moderation in inflation will likely provide some needed boost in consumer confidence but we may have to wait another month. The April inflation report was not … Continue reading →
  • Core Bonds Are Trading at Deep Discounts To Par
    Tuesday, May 10, 2022 The unrelenting move higher in U.S. Treasury yields continued last week with the yield on the 10-year Treasury up another 15 basis points (0.15%). Moreover, 10-year Treasury yields have doubled this this year with 130 basis … Continue reading →
  • Weekly Market Performance – Markets Finish Lower Amid Fed Decision
    Friday, May 6, 2022 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Markets Finish Lower Amid a volatile week for the markets around the Federal Reserve (Fed) policy meeting, the U.S. major market indexes finished lower for the fifth … Continue reading →
  • Subliminal Messages in the Jobs Report
    Friday, May 6, 2022 The U.S. economy added 428,000 jobs in April, matching job growth last month after revisions. The LPL Chart of the Day shows the 3-month average gain dipped from the highs from last year. “A softer trend … Continue reading →
  • Federal Reserve Meeting Recap: An Historic Rate Hike
    Thursday, May 5, 2022 The Federal Reserve (Fed) ended its two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting yesterday and the outcome was broadly in line with market expectations. As expected, the Committee raised short-term interest rates by 50 basis points … Continue reading →
  • 4 Things You Didn’t Know, But Need To
    Wednesday, May 4, 2022 2022 has been one of the worst starts to a year ever for stocks and bonds. The reasons for the rough start, which are widely known, include inflation, a hawkish Federal Reserve (Fed), soaring yields, the … Continue reading →