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How we measure inflation in the United States

By Thomas N. Jamerson Vice President – Client Administration Inflation in the United States of America can be measured in a number of ways. Day to day, a consumer might measure it with his eyes and memory – grabbing a box of cereal at the grocery store and thinking to himself that “it cost half…

2023 Q4 Review and Outlook – The Dog That Didn’t Bark  

Markets finished the year with a powerful surge as stocks (as measured by the S&P 500 SPDR ETF – SPY) gained 11.6% during the fourth quarter. The U.S. bond market (as measured by the US Aggregate Bond ETF – AGG) increased 6.8%, and a 60% stock/40% bond portfolio booked a 9.7% total return. For the…

2023 Q2 Review and Outlook – A Market of (Seven) Stocks

The positive momentum continued in the second quarter as stocks (as measured by the S&P 500 SPDR ETF – SPY) gained 8.7%. The U.S. bond market (as measured by the US Aggregate Bond ETF – AGG) lost 0.9%, and a 60% stock/40% bond portfolio returned 4.8%.  Year-to-date (YTD), stocks returned 16.8%, bonds 2.3% and a…

2023 Q1 Review and Outlook – Silicon Valley Bank Stirs the Economic Pot

Financial markets had a positive but choppy start to 2023 as stocks (as measured by the S&P 500 SPDR ETF – SPY) gained 7.5% in the first quarter. The U.S. bond market (as measured by the US Aggregate Bond ETF – AGG) returned 3.2%, and a 60% stock/40% bond portfolio returned 5.8%.  Over the past 12…

2022 Q4 Review and Outlook – Closing out a Tumultuous Year.

Financial markets finished a rough year on a strong note as stocks (as measured by the S&P 500 SPDR ETF – SPY) gained 7.6% in the fourth quarter. The U.S. bond market (as measured by the US Aggregate Bond ETF – AGG) returned 1.6%, and a 60% stock/40% bond portfolio returned 5.2%. For the year, stocks declined…

2022 Q2 Review and Outlook – Welcome to the Bear Market

Financial markets continued their downward trend in the second quarter as stocks (as measured by the S&P 500 SPDR ETF – SPY) lost 16.1%. The U.S. bond market (as measured by the US Aggregate Bond ETF – AGG) fared a bit better, posting a -4.6% total return, and a 60% stock/40% bond portfolio lost 11.5%. …

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