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When unique or noteworthy events happen in the world, we offer our take via our Financially Speaking articles.

Recession Concerns

Lots of talk out there, especially in the mass media and our politicians, about recession and if we are headed for one this year.  That’s not an easy question to answer, but I understand why it’s being asked.  We have high inflation, ongoing supply chain issues and a tight labor market with rising wages.  But,

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Market Volatility – A Perspective

The world’s stock markets have been volatile so far in 2022.  The S&P 500, our preferred index to measure U.S. stocks, is down -13.3% as of April 29.  The year started following the momentum of a strong fourth quarter of 2021, with the S&P 500 up on January 2nd and 3rd.  But on January 4

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Rising Gas Prices Around the World

The U.S., and much of the world, are already facing increased inflation as inflation rates are now hitting levels not seen since the early 1980’s (check out our Financially Speaking from Dec. 2021 for more on inflation). To make matters worse we are also seeing quickly rising gasoline prices, which makes the cost of going

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Russia/Ukraine Tensions

Here we are, already in February of 2022. Markets have been volatile this entire year and much of that has to do with the pandemic, inflation and how the Federal Reserve (Fed) will handle inflation. But I think some of the volatility has to do with the recent buildup of Russian troops (and possible war)

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Here we are, December 2021 and the S&P 500 has just reached a new, all-time high.  The latest run has overshadowed a noticeably volatile December month, with multiple spikes in both directions.  However, the one negative theme that has come up regularly has been inflation, and where it is headed.  High inflation would not be

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