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Weekly Market Recap

Stocks staged a strong rebound last week that was only briefly interrupted (for about an hour) by the start of the Fed’s rate hiking cycle. Most US benchmarks were up at least 5%, while an even sharper rally in growth stocks pushed the Nasdaq higher by more than 8%. Only the energy sector failed to […]

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Most US stocks were lower again last week as the Russian war in Ukraine ground on. Once again, energy was the only sector in the S&P 500 to finish higher on the week. Interestingly, European stocks fared somewhat better in the latter half of last week, rebounding significantly after reaching YTD lows on Tuesday. Emerging […]

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Weekly Market Recap

Stocks were lower last week as the Russian war in Ukraine intensified. European stocks were hit especially hard, sending MSCI’s EAFE developed market international index down 6.5% on the week. In the US, investors scrambled to increase their exposure to energy stocks and defensive sectors, while selling tech and most cyclicals besides energy. Bond markets […]

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Weekly Market Recap

US large caps moved lower last week in the wake of higher-than-expected inflation data, with tech and other growth sectors underperforming while cyclicals (especially energy) held up better. Small and midcap benchmarks managed to finish the week in the green, as did international stocks. Rates continued to move higher last week, particularly in the front […]

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Weekly Market Recap

Financial markets went into full risk-off mode last week, with equities moving lower, the Treasury yield curve flattening, credit spreads widening, and the dollar stronger. An uptick in jobless claims suggests that omicron is having an impact on demand, while investors continue to grapple with the hard pivot in Fed policy. US large caps were […]

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Weekly Market Recap

In a move that echoed the early days of 2021, markets got off to a rough start during the first week of 2022 as rising bond yields pushed discount rates higher for all risk assets. The release of the December FOMC minutes provided a clearer window into the Fed’s current thinking on inflation risks, and […]

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Year-End 2021 Market Recap

SARS-CoV-2: The world experienced a number of twists and turns in the pandemic during the course of 2021. Vaccine rollouts during the first half of the year drove case counts lower in much of the developed world. The summer and early fall were dominated by the delta variant, which proved especially deadly for the unvaccinated. […]

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Weekly Market Recap

Markets took a risk-off tone last week as investors grappled with the twin concerns of rising covid-19 case counts and an inflation-fighting Fed. As was widely expected, Fed Chair Jerome Powell announced an increase in the pace of asset purchase tapering, and the updated “dot plot” indicated that FOMC members expect 3 rate hikes by […]

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Harvesting Cryptocurrency Losses

By Patrick Lundergan, CFP® As we near the end of another good year for domestic equities, many investors find themselves facing substantial capital gains taxes. Generally, if you wish to minimize capital gains tax, you should sell securities with a loss to offset those gains – doing this strategically is called tax-loss harvesting. A potential […]

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Weekly Market Recap

Last week was a strong one for risk assets as it became increasingly clear that while highly contagious, the omicron variant is very likely to cause a lower rate of serious disease and death than previous strains of the coronavirus. Most bond prices fell as the Treasury curve experienced significant bear steepening: 2y yields rose […]