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Inflation and employment remain critical areas of focus for the Federal Reserve and Washington D.C. as politicians look to next year’s midterm elections. After a challenging September, equities roared back with an earnings season that is driving a wave of positive sentiment expected to last through the end of the year. The benefits of gold as a portfolio hedge are reexamined as inflation stakes its claim on the front burner.Learn More
US Treasury yields have been trending lower despite favorable fiscal policies and strong economic conditions. For its part, the Fed been dealing with an elevated stock market, rising commodity prices and an ongoing surge in inflation. To combat these issues, the Fed has indicated it may begin to raise interest rates as early as next year. Overall, corporate and municipal bonds had a strong third quarter although upcoming reductions in enhanced unemployment benefits may have a negative impact on municipal issuesLearn More
Although this year’s third quarter was flat, the S&P 500 is up significantly. The vitality of the US economy is driving our affinity for US Domestic Equities. Risks, however, are on the horizon along with significant unknowns and variables that may challenge sustained market growth. We continued to advocate portfolio diversification across asset classes.Learn More
September saw broad declines across equity markets due to a confluence of factors including inflation, higher Treasury yields, the COVID surge and a rise in corporate tax rates. As we look toward the future, equity investors would be wise to continue considering organizations that are poised to deliver higher earnings over time.Learn More