Is The Economy Still In for A Soft Landing? May 21, 2024

The market seems to think so.

The analogy of a soft landing refers to the Federal Reserve engineering the perfect timing of rate cuts such that inflation is tamed without causing a recession. According to the Wall Street Journal, “futures markets were pricing a 75.3% chance of one or more...

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The Stock Market Is Strong. Should I Be Concerned? financial planning for retirement Apr 09, 2024

It's a fair question. Capital markets have outperformed so far this year. How do you interpret this? Let's look at the facts --

Despite jitters over persistent inflation data, the economy continues to hum along. Optimism for the long term within American business is strong. Unemployment continues...

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Capital Markets Outlook 2024 financial planning for attorneys financial planning for entrepreneurs financial planning for retirement financial planning for young professionals Feb 26, 2024

Investor fear was sky high a year ago. Then the market soared. What happened?

Early in 2023 we were beginning our recovery from a precipitous market decline, talk of runaway inflation and recession was a consistent theme, and a few mid-sized banks failed (though depositors were made whole, either...

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Do You Still Want to Be a Lawyer? financial planning for attorneys Jan 04, 2024
What do I want my life to look like?

As a young attorney, once you have settled in your new job, you eventually should be asking yourself, What do I want my life to look like?  Now compare your current situation with that vision.

When I graduated from law school, I assumed that I would go...

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The Market Roars Back Dec 22, 2023

If you were invested in the market since the beginning of November, you've made money. The Fed is currently holding interest rates steady, with the Fed Funds rate range between 5.25%-5.5%. But that isn't why markets have rallied of late. The Fed is forecasting 3 rate cuts in 2024. Markets soared...

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How To Invest In A High Interest Rate Environment financial planning for attorneys financial planning for entrepreneurs financial planning for retirement financial planning for young professionals Nov 06, 2023

The Fed is currently holding interest rates steady, with the Fed Funds rate range between 5.25%-5.5%.

Because of high interest rates, cash is hot. We haven’t seen interest rates on cash/cash equivalents this high since before the Great Financial Crisis. The Fed has also indicated that...

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I Don't Need Grammarly! financial planning for retirement Oct 20, 2023

I’ve mentioned earlier that I had an excellent public education.  My high school was one of the finest in New England, and I had the best teachers of my academic career there.  My high school was in Guilford, CT – founded 1639.  Think about it – at the time of the...

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Vocal Fry with Uptalk financial planning for retirement Oct 20, 2023

Kissinger and Kardashian

Anyone of my age remembers Henry Kissinger.  He was known for his shuttle diplomacy, and was always all over the news.  And he had the most annoying speaking voice ever – gravelly!  It almost hurt to listen for more than a few minutes. 

Years go...

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The September Effect Oct 06, 2023

In September 2023, the S&P 500 index experienced its most significant monthly decline of the year, slumping by approximately 4.87%. This downturn was primarily attributed to the Federal Reserve's monetary policy decisions and statements. The central bank surprised markets with a more hawkish...

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August 2023 Market Recap Sep 01, 2023

In August, the S&P 500 fell 1.77% for the month, making it only the second negative month of 2023.

Positive sentiment took a significant hit in the first half of August, chiefly due to a surprise credit rating downgrade for the United States by Fitch, a conservative outlook from tech giant...

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Recession? No recession? Recession? Aug 01, 2023

The market rally persists, but the debate around a looming recession endures.

Key Takeaways:

  • The S&P500 and NASDAQ both continued to gain in the month of July.
  • The Dow Jones had its longest winning streak since 1987.
  • The inflation report for the month of June showed its smallest...
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The S&P500 Hits A 52-week High Jul 07, 2023

The market rally continues, May inflation comes in cooler, and more.

On Tuesday, June 13th the S&P500 hit a 52 week high. Right on the heels of a 4% Year-over-Year inflation read for the month of May.

Here’s where inflation stands:

Later that week, the Federal Reserve decided to skip...

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