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  • Market Commentary: S&P 500 Rallies 6.5%, Lifting Market Above Bear Level

    Posted on June 27, 2022

    The S&P 500 spent only a short time below the 20%-decline threshold, before jumping back above it last week. U.S. large-cap stocks rallied 6.5% based on optimism that inflationary pressures are starting to respond to higher interest rates.

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  • Market Commentary: Fed Raises Rates by 0.75%, Market Moves Into Bear Territory

    Posted on June 21, 2022

    The S&P 500 dropped 5.7% last week and is now 22.3% off its peak. This decline pushed the index of large-cap U.S. stocks into a bear market, which is defined as a 20% or greater drop from its peak. Volatility remained elevated, and the S&P 500 has now moved by 1% or more 60 times this year.

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  • Tips to Help You Stay Strong During Market Volatility

    Posted on June 15, 2022

    It’s almost impossible not to feel anxious at the dips and dives the stock market has been taking recently, compounded by relentless inflation-focused headlines. That’s why you might be surprised to learn there’s a lot of positive news to be had, despite the market uncertainty. 

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  • Market Commentary: Inflation Pressures Remain High, S&P Dips Again

    Posted on June 13, 2022

    The S&P 500 dropped 5.1% last week as investors digested new inflation data released on Friday. May’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) report showed a reacceleration of inflation after a brief reprieve in April. Headline CPI increased 8.6%, which is the fastest pace since December 1981. The primary drivers of inflation were energy and food prices. Gasoline prices increased 4.1% in May, a big reversal from the 6% decline in April. Food prices, primarily from grocery store spending, climbed 1.4%.

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  • The 3 Inflection Points Behind the Stock Market’s Dip

    Posted on June 1, 2022

    Burt White, Chief Strategy Officer   So far, 2022 is off to one of the worst ever starts of a year for stock returns. And the reasons are numerous and front of mind for us all: an unexpected war in Ukraine, the lingering impacts of COVID-19, the highest inflation rates in 40 years and the prospects for a contentious midterm election right around the corner. 

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  • Market Commentary: S&P Soars After 7 Straight Losses, but Inflation Remains Stubborn

    Posted on May 31, 2022

    The S&P 500 ended its string of seven negative weeks by rallying 6.6% last week. The surge in stock prices gave the index some margin between its current price and the 20% decline the index flirted with just two weeks ago. After the rally, the S&P 500, including dividends, is down 12.8% from its record high.

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  • COVID’s Financial Toll Isn’t What You Think

    Posted on May 26, 2022

    By Erin Wood, Senior Vice President, Financial Planning and Advanced Solutions Just a few years ago, Rose retired with a decent-sized 401(k). With some careful budgeting and a part-time job, her retirement finances were on track. Rose was looking forward to traveling, reigniting her passion for photography and spending time with her son and her grandkids. The pandemic changed everything. Her son contracted COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic. His health deteriorated quickly and he died at only 35 years old. He didn’t have life insurance. A gig worker without a 401(k), he had very minimal retirement savings….read the full article

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  • Market Commentary: S&P Decline Continues While Consumer Demand Keeps Climbing

    Posted on May 23, 2022

    The S&P 500 continued its string of negative weeks, dropping 3% last week. It was the seventh straight weekly decline in the index of large-cap stocks. The S&P 500 temporarily fell more than 20% on Friday, but the market rallied and the index finished down 18.1% from its January all-time high.

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  • Market Commentary: S&P 500 Decline Continues, But Inflation Shows Signs of Leveling Off

    Posted on May 16, 2022

    Market volatility continues to make life challenging for investors. The S&P 500 declined for the sixth straight week, the longest streak since 2011. Six-week losing streaks used to be much more common. The S&P 500 declined at least six consecutive weeks six different times from 2000 to 2011.

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  • Special Market Commentary: What’s Stressing Out Stocks? These Market Inflection Points

    Posted on May 13, 2022

    So far, 2022 is faring to have one of the worst ever starts for stock returns. Only 1932 and 1939 have proven to be more difficult through the first four calendar months. The reasons are numerous and front-of-mind for us all: an unexpected war in Ukraine, the lingering impacts of COVID-19, the highest inflation rates in 40 years, and the prospects for a contentious mid-term election right around the corner.

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