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Welcome to 2024!

Welcome to 2024!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2024! We hope that you and your family had an enjoyable holiday season. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to help you pursue your financial goals. We are excited to see what the new year will bring us. Overall, 2023 was a good...

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Outlook 2024: A Turning Point

Outlook 2024: A Turning Point

In 2024, we believe markets will make a definitive turn to a more recognizable place. En route, the transition will be marked by meaningful shifts in a few key areas. Inflation is going down. The risk of a recession is bubbling up again as the effect of post-pandemic...

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Can Money Determine Your Happiness?

Can Money Determine Your Happiness?

In 1964, Paul McCartney and John Lennon of the Beatles co-wrote the hit song “Money Can’t Buy Me Love” but, could it bring you happiness? In 2010, Princeton University conducted a study which found that day-to-day happiness rose as annual income increased, but then...

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The Federal Reserve and Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve and Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at their meeting on November 1st. They continued to state that they are closely tracking inflation and the health of the economy to determine their future decisions. During this session, the central bank voted...

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Research

How’s it Going? Depends on Who You Ask | Weekly Market Commentary | May 20, 2024

How’s it Going? Depends on Who You Ask | Weekly Market Commentary | May 20, 2024

Since millions of homeowners refinanced mortgages to extremely low rates a few years ago, the economy is less sensitive to interest rate policy. In fact, the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium sponsored by the Kansas City Federal Reserve in August will debate the effectiveness and transmission of monetary policy because of these post-COVID-19 dynamics, likely revealing important investment implications. 

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Preferred Securities: Still Our Preferred Non-Core Bond Sector | Weekly Market Commentary | May 13, 2024

Preferred Securities: Still Our Preferred Non-Core Bond Sector | Weekly Market Commentary | May 13, 2024

It continues to be a challenging environment for a lot of fixed income markets, especially higher quality markets. With the Federal Reserve (Fed) seemingly unlikely to lower interest rates until after the summer months (at the earliest), the “higher for longer” narrative has kept a lid on any sort of bond market rally. And while falling interest rates help provide price appreciation in this higher-for-longer environment, fixed income investors are likely better served by focusing on income opportunities. That’s where preferreds come in. With yields still elevated relative to history, we think preferred securities are an attractive option for income-oriented investors.

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Quarterly Economic Update First Quarter 2024

Quarterly Economic Update First Quarter 2024

The first quarter of 2024 continued to reward investors who stayed the course and enjoyed strong returns in 2023 as the momentum of 2023’s year-end rally took another step forward. Both equity and bond markets performed well after the Federal Reserve confirmed that...

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