The Federal Reserve (Fed) is on a mission. And by many accounts, that mission is going well. After inflation rose throughout 2021, the Fed began raising the federal funds rate from near zero in early 2022. By July 2023, the central bank had taken the fed funds target range to 5.25-5.50%, where it has held […]
At the end of 2022, “The Magnificent Seven” was no more than the title of a 1960 American Western starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. By the end of 2023, however, the “Magnificent Seven” turned into the name of a group of seven stocks that contributed more than two-thirds of the S&P 500® Index’s return
It’s the start of a new year, and I’m sure you’ve thought a decent amount about how the year will play out. (Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be yet another post about New Year’s resolutions!). Consider, for a minute, something about your upcoming year that is marked by uncertainty. Maybe it’s the state of
It’s that time of year again. Cooler weather is upon us. Colorful lights are starting to pop up on rooftops. The kids are excited as they count down the remaining days of their fall semester. You guessed it. It’s market forecasting season.
Imagine that you are at an interview for your dream job. The interviewer says, “I have 100 applicants for this job. Tell me why I should choose you.” You are an appropriately confident person, not an overconfident one. So, you say: “Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t know the qualifications of the other 99 applicants
Bloomberg published an article near the end of December last year reporting outcomes from its latest monthly economic survey.1 Survey respondents included 38 economists who each offered a forecast for 2023. Like many at the time, the survey results were generally pessimistic about the economy. The survey’s median estimated growth rate for U.S. gross domestic
What do you think of when you hear the term “mindfulness?” For me, it’s an iconic image of Don Draper in the final season of the TV series “Mad Men.” The scene presents a lesson in contrasts: Draper, wearing a crisp white button-down, sits cross-legged on the ground with the Northern Californian coastline behind him
You’re cordially invited to a joint recital featuring the remarkable talents of Laura Lupinacci, Mezzo Soprano, and our very own, Walter Wisniewski, Pianist, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue.’
Market indexes designed to represent total stock markets or broad subsets of a market are generally known to offer investors high levels of diversification. Many well-known indices, like the S&P 500® Index and Russell 3000® Index, hold hundreds or thousands of companies. Yet, by some measures, many major indexes appear more concentrated today than ever.