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Corporate Credit Markets are Healthy but Remain Expensive

Like other core fixed income sectors, investment grade corporate credit has had a tough start to the year. After losing 1.0% last year, investment grade corporate debt is off another 2.4% (through January 14) in 2022. However, the paper losses this year (and last year frankly) are not due to declining credit fundamentals or deteriorating…

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Inflation Soars, Markets Shrug

Inflation soared 7% in 2021 according to Consumer Price Index (CPI) data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as seen in the LPL Chart of the Day, its highest level since 1982. There was little consolation in the “core” reading (excluding food and energy). While a little tamer, it still rose 5.5%…

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Charts of the Year – 2021

In today’s blog, we will take a look at some of the best charts and tables we shared all year. There are so many charts and tables that sum up how special 2021 was, but at the end of the day the fact that 2021 had the second most all-time highs ever probably tells the…

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Weekly Market Performance – Markets Selloff Amid Fed Policy

U.S. and International Equities Major Markets Lower The major equity markets finished the week lower, reversing some of last week’s gains on the back of this week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. The Federal Reserve (Fed) took a hawkish stance on both inflation and thus interest rates. Growth sectors (information technology and consumer discretionary)…

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Is the Bond Market Pricing in a Fed Policy Error?

After months of carefully communicating the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) plan to reduce its asset purchases toward the middle of 2022, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell seemingly sped up that timetable during his Congressional testimony last week. While not officially announced policy yet, the expectation is that the Fed will now accelerate its tapering plans and end…

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Weekly Market Performance

Index Performance U.S. and International Equities Major Markets Lower The major equity markets finished the week lower as markets gave up ground Friday during a holiday-shortened trading session given new COVID-19 variant concerns in South Africa. Friday’s market decline, with the Dow Jones off nearly 1,000 points, is the worst pullback so far in 2021.…

Muni Market is (Mostly) Unimpressed with the Infrastructure Bills

The Bipartisan infrastructure bill finally cleared Congress late last week and will be signed into law by President Joe Biden soon. The $1.2 trillion bill will increase new spending towards transportation and “other infrastructure” initiatives by $550 billion, spread out over five years. The law includes $110 billion for roads and bridges, $66 billion for…