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July 2024 Market Update

Economic Overview: The June 2024 Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell by 0.1% month-over-month (MoM) and rose by 3.0% year-over-year (YoY). Inflation eased across the board; JP Morgan saw this as a welcome move with lower shelter price pressures (inflation coming from the housing market). There were also saw favorable declines in gasoline and airfares prices. […]

June 2024 Market Update

Economic Overview: The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady at their current range of 5.25% to 5.5%, but revised its outlook for rate cuts to just one in 2024. Central bank policymakers noted that there has been “modest further progress” toward its 2% inflation objective. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell noted at the press conference that […]

May 2024 Market Update

Economic Overview: U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has, once again, appeased investors. Following the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting, Powell indicated that while interest-rate cuts may be delayed amid stubborn inflation, it is unlikely that the central bank’s next move is a rate hike.  This, combined with a slowdown in the pace at […]

April 2024 Market Update

Economic Overview: U.S. consumer prices increased more than expected in March as Americans continued to pay more for gasoline and rental housing, leading financial markets to anticipate that the Federal Reserve would delay cutting interest rates until September. The third straight month of strong consumer price readings reported by the Labor Department on Wednesday also […]

March 2024 Market Update

Economic Overview: The resilience of the U.S. economy really has been remarkable when you consider how much consumer prices have gone up and how aggressively the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates, this according Capital Group U.S. economist Jared Franz. Also, according to Franz – It is a testament to the American consumer and labor market […]

January 2024 Market Update

Economic Overview: According to Forbes, The Federal Reserve did an excellent job bringing down inflation in 2023 while avoiding a U.S. economic recession. Investors now anticipate the Federal Open Market Committee, or FOMC, will pivot from rate hikes to rate cuts by mid-2024. However, Fed officials have repeatedly cautioned that the FOMC’s battle with inflation […]

December Market Update

Economic Overview: After defying recession fears this year, the US economy is forecast by Goldman Sachs Research to beat consensus expectations in 2024. US GDP is projected to expand 2.1% in 2024 on a full-year basis, Goldman reaffirmed its longstanding view that the probability of a US recession is at just 15% over the next […]

November Market Update

Economic Overview: A broad slowdown in inflation continued in October, this may end likely the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate increases. This according to the Wall Street Journal. Consumer prices overall were flat last month and rose 3.2% from a year earlier, a slower pace than in September as prices for gasoline fell, the Labor Department reported. […]

October Market Update

Economic Overview: War threats increasing as Israel fights off Hamas and Ukraine defends Russian Invasions. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 336k for the month, better than the Dow Jones consensus estimate of 170k.. The unemployment rate is 3.8%, compared to the forecast for 3.7%, Leisure and hospitality led job growth, followed by government and health care. […]

September Market Update

Economic Overview: Treasury yields have declined this week after August CPI inflation mostly met expectations, supporting forecasts that the Fed will keep rates unchanged this month with chances of a hike in November. The increase was mostly attributable to a spike in gasoline prices in August, that increase should be temporary, economists said. This is […]