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Commodities & Housing

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

As the S&P 500’s bear market completes its ninth month, two areas of the economy have experienced rapid changes: commodity price spikes coupled with impending shortages and a housing boom that is quickly petering out. How serious are these risks to the global economy and markets? Let’s discuss in this week’s Markets in a Minute.


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Stock vs. Bond Volatility

Friday, September 02, 2022

With a war in Europe, sky-high energy prices, recession fears, intensifying political divisions, and an on-going global pandemic, it’s no wonder that both stocks and bonds have experienced large gyrations so far this year. In this week’s Markets in a Minute, we discuss what volatility among stocks and bonds means for your portfolio.


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Will the Inflation Reduction Act Actually Reduce Inflation?

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act was passed by the House has been heralded as a major legislative victory for the president and his party. But will it really matter for the economy or the markets? Read the latest Markets in a Minute to learn more.


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Recession? Does it Matter?

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

As economic growth cools and inflation heats up, we are hearing more about recessions. Let’s talk recession and what’s happening with the latest GDP report.


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Mid-Year Review and Outlook

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

So far, 2022 has brought surges in inflation fueled by war in Europe, monetary tightening and slower economic growth. As we pass midyear, many of us may be more than a little ready to forget about the first half. Our 2022 theme of downshifting, or slowing of growth, is certainly coming to fruition. 


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What’s Next for the Housing Market?

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Lofty prices and higher mortgage rates are beginning to shake the foundation of the single-family housing market. Are we headed for a 2008-style correction? Read the latest Markets in a Minute for our take on what’s next.


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Market Volatility

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Stock and bond markets have had a wild ride. What’s driving this recent volatility and what’s an investor to do? Read the latest Markets in a Minute for a back-to-basics playbook for volatile markets.


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2022 First Quarter Review & Outlook

Thursday, April 28, 2022 

A bruising first quarter for stocks and bonds begs the question: Are markets signaling a recession in 2022, or a downshifting from the torrid growth of 2021? We continue to be in the downshifting camp. Read the latest Markets in a Minute for a recap of first-quarter performance and our outlook for the balance of this year.


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Fixed Income

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Buffeted by twin headwinds — rising interest rates and high inflation — the fixed-income market is off to a rough start this year. In the current climate, many investors may be tempted to forgo fixed income entirely. Read about the reasons for continuing to invest in bonds in the latest Markets in a Minute.


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Ukraine

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

With the war in Ukraine approaching its one-month mark and inflationary pressures rising, many investors are asking: What’s there to feel good about? The Fed is mulling the same question as it contemplates its next steps. The latest Markets in a Minute offers some answers.


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Ukraine

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has humanitarian and geopolitical consequences but what are the implications for the global economy and equities? The latest Markets in a Minute explores this question and more.


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Inflation

Thursday, February 17, 2022

With inflation hotter than expected and spreading beyond pandemic-affected industries, the Fed appears poised to take more aggressive steps to rein in price increases. What does that mean for stocks? Read the latest Markets in a Minute for a look at how equities have performed during previous rate-hiking cycles. 


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Investing in an Inflationary Environment

Thursday, February 3, 2022

History offers insight as to how market dynamics can shift during periods of high inflation. Read my latest Markets in a Minute for a look at which sectors shined during the Great Inflation and other lessons that may help investors navigate today’s inflationary environment.


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Climate Change

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Climate action is front and center for both the Biden administration and many of the world’s largest companies. Read the latest Markets in a Minute for a look at the opportunities and obstacles in the race to a clean-energy future and the implications for investors.  


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Quantitative Easing

Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Fed has entered one of the most-difficult phases of its pandemic response as it begins to dial back stimulus measures even before the full effects of its policies are felt and amid new risks. Read the latest Markets in a Minute for a look under the monetary-policy hood and the implications for the markets and the economy.


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Bonds

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Despite low rates, rising inflation fears and tight credit spreads, bonds still play an important role in investors’ portfolios. Certain types of fixed-income instruments are actually designed to protect against inflation. Read about the reasons for continuing to invest in fixed income in the latest Markets in a Minute.


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Supply Chains

Thursday, October 27, 2021

The pandemic has been blamed for disrupting the global supply chain and stoking inflationary pressures. But other issues have contributed to our supply-chain woes. Read about the reasons for supply chain disruptions and where we go from here in the latest Markets in a Minute. 


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Cryptocurrency

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Cryptocurrencies have generated a lot of interest among investors, yet they're still something of an enigma. They're also a controversial asset class with a wide range of potential outcomes for investors. Read more in the latest Markets in a Minute on cryptocurrencies... 


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