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US Market Commentary

Serious Business: Assessing Earnings Season

Earnings results thus far underscore the strong bifurcation within the market, which is confirmed by the continued deterioration in breadth throughout the current correction.
October 30, 2023
On Investing with Kathy Jones & Liz Ann Sonders

Our Philosophy and What Matters in the Markets

Kathy Jones and Liz Ann Sonders explain their investing philosophies and how they analyze market data.
October 27, 2023

What Happened to ESG Stocks?

Investments in alternative energy have become unattractive due to higher interest rates, not changes in government policies, adoption or pricing of green technologies.
October 23, 2023

The Potential Winners and Losers of Higher Interest Rates

A look at who benefits and who suffers when the Federal Reserve raises interest rates.
October 16, 2023

Debt: Hard to Handle

Interest expense is a large and growing issue for both the economy and stock market, which reinforces why investors should stay up in quality amid interest-rate-driven headwinds.
October 16, 2023

Conflict in the Middle East

Current hostilities in the Middle East have been met with a relatively calm market reaction thus far, although market risk remains should war threaten global recession.
October 9, 2023

Paranoid? An Update on Consumer Sentiment

Consumer and business confidence metrics are not yet out of the woods, and the recent spike in rates, oil, and the dollar might chip away at relatively resilient sentiment.
October 2, 2023

Say Goodbye…to Great Moderation?

A return to the Great Moderation Era looks unlikely, which might lead to an increasingly volatile—and somewhat unfamiliar—inflationary, economic, and geopolitical landscape.
September 18, 2023

Europe Sentiment: So Bad It's Good

Changes in sentiment may drive the performance of the eurozone equity markets, even with disappointing economic data.
September 11, 2023

China: Contagion or Contained?

China's economy may have spillover effects on global economic and earnings growth, but it's unlikely to lead to global financial contagion and send stock markets materially lower.
August 28, 2023
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Bonds vs. Bond Funds: Which Is Right for You?

Not sure which to choose? Here are some things to consider about individual bonds vs. bond funds.
August 22, 2023
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Vertigo: Market Succumbs to Myriad Pressures

With the path of least resistance for stocks seemingly lower for now, key to watch will be a stabilization in interest rate volatility and clarity on the path of monetary policy.
August 21, 2023
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Investing in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

As businesses worldwide adopt the technology, the innovation of AI may result in market leadership changes, global economic growth, and investor opportunities.
August 14, 2023
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Housing: Rolling in (and out of) the Deep

After falling into its own recession last year, the housing market has started to turn decisively higher; but a sustained recovery might not be the strongest elixir for the economy.
June 26, 2023
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Japan: Reclaiming Lost Decades

Japanese stocks may help boost performance of international markets although the unique nature of Japan's economic and business structure could pose some risks.
June 20, 2023

Understanding Bond Yield Measurements

What a bond pays can be calculated in many ways. Here are eight common measures, including yield to maturity and yield to call, for assessing a bond's yield relative to your goals.
June 9, 2023
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Total Concentration: Mega Caps Reign

The concentration of gains up the cap spectrum isn't itself a precursor to weakness; it's the lack of participation from the "average stock" that warrants some caution.
May 30, 2023
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Debt Problem More Than Just a Ceiling

Although few nations have a debt ceiling similar to the U.S.', rising government debt levels are a widespread global risk that may lead to lower economic output and weaker growth.
May 22, 2023
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Nothing Typical for Stocks After Fed's Last Hike

Analysis shows an extraordinary range of outcomes since the S&P 500's inception in 1928.
May 15, 2023
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Shortages to Gluts: Labor Market

Shifts in the labor market due to monetary policy tightening would see lagged effects that may not aid central banks' efforts to materially affect core inflation by year's end.
May 7, 2023

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