September 11, 2023

Market Review – August 2023

Markets took a step back in August as sentiment shifted surrounding Fed policy.

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August 10, 2023

Market Review – July 2023

Markets posted favorable returns in July as investors found renewed optimism in economic data being reported, even in the face of year-over-year earnings declines.

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July 19, 2023

Mid-Year Capital Markets Update
Recessionary Resilience – Defying Expectations

In our 2023 Outlook, Goodbye TINA, we outlined three broad themes that were likely to influence markets in 2023 – continued volatility, moderating inflation and a bear market bottom. The first half of 2023 has largely validated those views and we do not anticipate material changes ahead of year end rebalancing.

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June 13, 2023

Market Review – May 2023

Market volatility persisted in May as investors tried to digest potential Fed policy action in June and the possibility of a U.S. default should a deal not be reached to raise the debt limit.

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May 30, 2023

The Clarity Formula® – Long-Term Care Insurance

Adults today who are 65 years of age or older have a 70% chance of needing some form of long-term care service or support during their remaining years. Furthermore, with…

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May 12, 2023

Market Review – April 2023

The sanguine April return of headline indexes hides the churn underneath. Equity and fixed income indexes alike posted modestly positive returns overall with year-to-date trends for 2023 continuing in April;

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April 27, 2023

Market Monitor – First Quarter 2023

While volatility in the markets remained during the first quarter of 2023, broadly speaking, equity and fixed income markets saw a strong rebound.

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March 20, 2023

In Focus: The Fed’s Inflation Target is Not Yours

Inflation matters in many ways, but most importantly for markets today is the force behind the Federal Reserve’s actions. It’s primary tool to cool inflation is higher interest rates. Higher…

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March 14, 2023

Market Review – February 2023

Strong economic data raised market expectations for additional rate hikes in total of 0.5% by year end. While perhaps overdone, this speaks to how much the Fed has already raised rates, and that the end is perhaps near on rising rates.

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February 23, 2023

The Clarity Formula® – Estate Planning: An Updated Guide for 2023 Estate Planning

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) significantly increased the estate exclusion amount (presently $12.92 million for 2023). Under present federal legislation this limit is set to decrease to $5.0…

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February 15, 2023

Market Monitor – Fourth Quarter 2022

The fourth quarter was a welcome respite from the downdraft of 2022. Additional data that supported the moderating inflation mantra, a softening Federal Reserve (Fed) and the unwind of COVID-Zero policies in China led many asset prices higher.

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February 13, 2023

Market Review – January 2023

Broad asset classes kicked off the new year higher after a not-so-jolly December. Sentiment turned decidedly positive based on slowing wage and job growth and cooling price pressures. These trends provided optimism for a less hawkish Fed pushing investor expectations from a 0.50% Fed move in February to a 0.25% as of January 31, 2023.

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