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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…

36,000 Reasons To Be Thankful

The Dow Jones Industrial Average started trading more than 125 years ago and yesterday it closed above 36,000 for the first time ever. Along the way, the S&P 500, Nasdaq, and Russell 2000 (small caps) all closed at new all-time highs as well. “We understand all of the worries. Labor shortages, inflation, the pandemic, the…

Are Markets Being Too Aggressive Pricing in Fed Rate Hikes?

At next week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, the Committee will likely need to reconcile its members’ views of when interest rate hikes should begin with the market’s ever changing view. After the September FOMC meeting, the Committee released its dot plot, which shows how individual Committee members were thinking about the path of…

Financial Fitness: The Key to Making Your Money Last

To live a long life, you’ll need a healthy supply of money to go the distance with you. The risk of outliving your money is called “longevity risk.” Begin early and follow the following good financial habits, and you’ll increase the likelihood that your money will last as long as you will. Set clear short-term…

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Weekly Market Performance — Markets Rebound From Last Week’s Decine

Index Performance U.S. and International Equities Major U.S. and International Markets Finished Higher The major equity markets reversed course from last week to finish higher. The international markets results were mixed as developed international markets, as represented by the MSCI EAFE Index, finished slightly lower while emerging markets, as represented by the MSCI EM Index,…

September Market Insights — The September Selloff

Index Performance U.S. and International Equities September has been the worst performing month over the past 10 and 20 years. Looking at the prior year, the S&P 500 pulled back over 9% from September 2nd to September 23rd. This past month’s market performance was no different as all of the U.S. major market indexes finished…