Week of May 13th, 2024

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 12 min

Last week, Federal Reserve officials spoke about keeping the federal funds rate higher until it becomes clear that inflation will reach the Fed’s two percent target rate.

Week of May 6th, 2024

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 13 min

What will the Federal Reserve do?

Week of May 22nd, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 6 min

While major U.S. stock indices are in positive territory year-to-date, market gains have been concentrated in just a few companies’ stocks.

Week of May 15th, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 7 min

The Consumer Sentiment Index fell to a six-month low in May, dropping 9.1 percent month-to-month.

Week of May 8th, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 7 min

Last week, the April employment report for the United States arrived. It showed that unemployment dropped to the lowest level in more than 50 years – 3.4 percent.

Week of May 1st, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 7 min

Despite more than a year of aggressive Federal Reserve rate increases, the United States economy is still growing, albeit more slowly.

Week of April 24th, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 9 min

It’s earnings season – the time when publicly traded companies report on how profitable they were during the first quarter of 2023.

Week of April 17th, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 9 min

Inflation eased, as expected, although it remained above the Federal Reserve (Fed)’s target rate. The Treasury yield curve remained inverted with three-month Treasury bills yielding more than 10-year Treasury notes.

Week of April 10th, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 9 min

Recent economic data and a possible credit crunch, resulting from upheaval in the banking sector, suggest growth is slowing. After viewing the data, some say we’re heading for a soft landing, and others say a recession is coming.

Week of April 3rd, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 10 min

So far this year, the direction of the economy and financial markets has been elusive.

Week of March 27th, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 8 min

Investors are willing to take on risk to achieve their long-term financial goals, but not everyone manages risk in the same way.

Week of March 20th, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 6 min

Financial markets were volatile last week as investors parsed the risks around bank closures, central banks offered additional protections for depositors, and regulators took a harder look at bank balance sheets.

Week of March 13th, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 9 min

Early last week, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told Congress the Fed remains committed to bringing inflation down to 2 percent.

Week of March 6th, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 8 min

Stocks and bonds are two of the better-known asset classes in the family of potential investments. Last week, they were in opposition.

Week of February 27th, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 7 min

Is it good news or bad news? The answer depends on your perspective. Last week, we learned that:

Week of February 20th, 2023

By SPC Financial, Inc. • 7 min

There were some unexpected surprises in last week’s economic data that caused markets to reassess expectations for 2023.