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Fed

Fed Note: May 2022

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee turned more aggressive in this month’s meeting by raising the key fed funds interest rate by 0.50%—for the first time in over twenty years by that amount—to a new range of 0.75-1.00%. There were no dissents.

cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency Investments: A Primer

Cryptocurrencies are digital assets, based on multi-user computer networks, which employ new ‘blockchain’ technology. These are unique from the physical assets we commonly think of and invest in, such as real estate, oil, metals, or shares of company stock. Unlike those physical assets, crypto is held in digital form, similar to how one would store computer files.

Inflation

How Much Inflation Risk is Really Out There?

Treasury rates have ticked higher in recent weeks, due to investor worries about a pickup in inflation. This is not a new concern, but has gained steam as a large ($1.9 tril.) stimulus package appears to be on the verge of passage in Congress, as well as the economy showing signs of broader recovery otherwise, with help from prior stimulus.

Gamestop situation

What Is the GameStop Situation All About?

We don’t like to spend too much time on market anomalies, let alone individual stocks that fall outside long-term asset allocation principles, but this seems to have taken over the headlines last week. Rarely do stock market quirks become mainstream news; in this case, it carried over to market sentiment to some extent and definitely raised trading volumes.

covid

COVID Relief Plan: What Can You Expect?

The prior weekend, Congress had agreed on a $900+ bil. Covid relief package, approved by both chambers a few days later, and finally signed by the President last night. This had been in the works for months, with a few key sticking points causing the long delay and repeated breakdowns in negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.

Dow

Dow 30,000: How Important is It?

It’s a new high, but not dissimilar to celebrating say, 29,999 as a new peak, although the odd number didn’t receive the same level of media attention. These round market levels, whether it be the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq, or others, tend to generate high visibility (especially in the slower post-election news cycle). If an index is old enough, and tends to show positive performance (as stocks have over the long haul), you’ll end up reaching new and higher milestones.