Tag Archives: U.S. dollar

  • Last Week’s Markets in Review: 2023 Year in Review

    Heading into 2023 the vast majority of analysts and economists had predicted doom and gloom for markets with the expectation that there would be an inevitable economic recession on the horizon. After the Federal Reserve aggressively raised interest rates in 2022, and was expected to continue raising rates in 2023, there appeared to be no end in sight to their efforts to help bring down persistent levels of high inflation ... Read More

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  • Last Week’s Markets in Review: Chairman Powell’s Christmas Gifts

    It would appear that Federal Reserve Chairman Powell also enjoyed the week before Christmas, given the gifts they received through favorable releases of certain economic data. The favorable economic data consisted of Consumer Confidence, the final report on 3rd Quarter GDP, weekly Jobless claims, and Personal Income and Outlays for November ... Read More

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  • Last Week’s Markets in Review: Soft Landing Hopes Push Dow to All-Time High

    The Federal Open Market Committee concluded 2023 by keeping a pause on interest rate activity after delivering four separate 25-basis point hikes throughout the year. The announcement was widely expected after recent lower inflation figures and higher unemployment data suggested that recent Fed actions are starting to impact the economy ... Read More

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  • Last Week’s Markets in Review: Markets Look for Another Fed Pause this Week

    The past week saw a great deal of fresh economic data released to the markets. There were reports concerning employment, inflation, and consumer sentiment for investors to digest and react upon. All this economic information was factored into investors opinion concerning monetary policy and the next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting which takes place this week ... Read More

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  • Last Week’s Markets in Review: Santa Delivers Some Early Gifts in 2023

    After delivering record-breaking Black Friday sales that we reported last week, the U.S. consumer continued to spend aggressively with jaw-dropping online purchases on Cyber Monday. Despite rising prices, consumers spent $12.4 billion, according to Adobe Analytics, representing a year-over-year increase of 9.6% ... Read More

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  • Last Week’s Markets in Review: Black Friday Sales and Markets Move Higher

    With the Thanksgiving Holiday celebrated last week, we hope our readers, clients, and friends had a truly enjoyable time with loved ones. We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to our clients for having the confidence in us to provide financial services and advice to them ... Read More

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  • Last Week’s Markets in Review: Markets Give Thanks to the Fed…for Now

    Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), was flat in October from its previous reading, giving fresh hope to the market that monetary policies have been effective in helping drive down inflated prices – though there is still more work to be done. The fresh reading from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was the lowest reading for the index in two years and just a 3.2% year-over-year increase ... Read More

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  • Last Week’s Markets in Review: Fed Presidents Provide Interest Rate Outlooks

    With very little economic data released during the past week, investors' attention was focused on the comments of numerous Federal Reserve Officials, including Chairman Powell. Market observers were intently interested in these comments as they tried to determine the Fed's next interest rate decision and monetary policy's future direction ... Read More

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