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US Market Commentary
Inflation Reduction Act: New Taxes, Weaker Market?
On the surface, a new 1% stock buyback tax and 15% corporate minimum tax on top-earning companies may look harmful to bottom lines, but we think the reality is more nuanced.
Markets to Fed: Slow Down, You Move Too Fast
Volatility has spiked as markets react to concerns about the ability of the global economy to cope with sharply higher U.S. interest rates. If these trends continue, the Fed may end up slowing its pace of tightening—but not stopping it.
Ripple(s) From Surging Dollar
While a spike in global market volatility has prompted some investors to think a Fed response is imminent, we caution against thinking that intervention is a bullish development.
What's Next: Good, Bad, & Ugly
The persistence of global inflation could determine which of the three paths central banks may follow and which market qualities investors might consider for their portfolios.
Earnings: Trampled Under Foot?
The bear market has been driven by multiple compression, making valuations look relatively compelling. Yet, expected weakness in earnings may limit the upside potential for stocks.
Rate Hikes, Quantitative Tightening, and Bond Yields
In its quest to reduce inflation, the Federal Reserve appears set to continue to hike interest rates and reduce the size of its balance sheet. Here's a look at what this may mean for the bond market.
Home Is Where the Inflation Is
Central Banks relying on inflation measures based on rentals, rather than home prices, may persist in raising rates, applying more economic brakes despite easing home sales.
Are Jobs Livin' on the Edge?
The August jobs report delivered something for both economic bulls and bears, but what matters more in the near term is the Fed's focus on seeing a continued easing in labor demand.
China Q&A: Top 5 Questions
Topics like inflation, currency, and government policies dominate questions about the world's second-largest economy. Here we provide answers for investors about China.
Fade: Market Hits Resistance as Breadth Waned
Stocks' rally since mid-June has looked healthier from a breadth perspective, but low-quality leadership and deteriorating economic data have kept downside risks elevated.
The End of Rate Hikes?
The signals from central banks that rate hikes, which began last year, may be coming to an end could be welcome news for investors looking ahead to the next 12 months.
Both Sides Now: Fed's Dueling Mandates
July's hot jobs report will likely keep the Fed in a hawkish position, but key to watch moving forward is a continued softening in leading labor and inflation indicators.
4 Ways Retirees Can Take Advantage of a Bad Market
Certain moves could make more sense during a bad market than during a good one. Here are four.
Cryptocurrencies: How You Could Invest in Them
There are multiple ways to access the cryptocurrency market, including over-the-counter trusts, mutual funds and ETFs, futures, and the stocks of companies involved in cryptocurrencies.
The Return of Dividends
Although the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed above stocks' dividend yields earlier this year, dividend payers may continue to reward should the economy continue to slow.
China's Yo-Yo Economy
Although an economic rebound in China is underway according to government and private sector data, its economy and stock market may remain volatile.
Bear Market: Now What?
Bear markets can pose a challenge to your financial goals. Here are seven tips for dealing with down markets.
What's Going On...With Jobs
The June jobs report was cheered by economic bulls given its strength in level terms, but rates of change among leading indicators don't favor a soft-landing outcome for the economy.
Shortages Have Led to Gluts
Inventory gluts have been bad news for the stocks of companies experiencing them, but could also be indicating an inflation peak, which tends to be an ingredient for market bottoms.
Recession: The Risk Is in the Reversal
Investors often notice the overall direction of markets; missed changes in asset classes under the surface could see a shark attack take a big bite out of unprepared portfolios.
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