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Barron Financial Group Financially Speaking

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

Markets Are Stuck…Why

The past almost two years have not been easy for investors.  In 2022 the S&P 500 index was down -18.1% and the Barclay’s Aggregate Bond index was down -13.0%.  The worst year for the bond market in over 100 years.  In 2023 the S&P 500 is up +13.1% (as of Sept. 30), which is nice,

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2022…The Bear Market

This year has been a tough year for investors.  At its worst the S&P 500 was down -25% in mid-October.  Currently the S&P 500 is down about -16.5% for the year.  What we find particularly frustrating about this year’s market is that the second half of 2021 looked so good, with the S&P 500 up

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Recession…or Not?

Back in June we sent out two Financially Speaking newsletters detailing our thoughts on recession.  At the time we felt we would not see a recession in 2022, but that a recession in 2023 was a real possibility.  The latest updates to this recession discussion came on Wednesday, July 13 when the Bureau of Labor

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Recession Follow-Up

Earlier this month we sent out an edition of Financially Speaking to illustrate our feelings about recession. At the time our feelings were that we would not see a recession in 2022, but that we might see one later in 2023 or 2024. Those sentiments generated responses from our readers asking why we felt a recession might

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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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