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Market Month: May 2023

Jun 1, 2023 11:23:43 AM
written by The Retirement Group

The Markets (as of market close May 31, 2023)

Before reviewing your company 401(k) plan, check out how the market can affect your retirement. The markets in May were marked by ongoing volatility. Inflation, questions over the direction of monetary policy, and slower liquidity growth impacted equities. The ongoing debt ceiling negotiations cast a cloud over financial markets for much of May. Investors worried about the ramifications of inaction as the June 5 deadline loomed. Even after the president and House speaker reached an agreement toward the end of May, concerns persisted over whether Congress would pass the bill to lift the $31.4 trillion U.S. debt ceiling.

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posted in Financial Planning, Lump Sum, Pension, Market

Annual Market Review 2022

Dec 16, 2022 8:18:00 AM
written by The Retirement Group

The year 2021 was one of extreme change. January saw the inauguration of President Joe Biden, but not before protesters sieged the United States Capitol. Despite the initial tumult, the year began with hope that increased availability of coronavirus vaccinations would lead to the end of the pandemic. Unfortunately, throughout the year, the emergence of virus mutations, coupled with the uneven distribution of vaccines, saw millions more people become ill or perish after contracting the virus.

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posted in Financial Planning, Market, 2022

Quarterly Market Review: July-September 2022

Oct 4, 2022 11:03:32 AM
written by The Retirement Group

The Markets (third quarter through September 30, 2022)
The ramifications of stamping down rising inflation dominated the markets in the third quarter. Investors weighed the balance between an aggressive government policy aimed at curbing price pressures against the possibility of those very policies leading to an economic recession. That dichotomy was not lost on Federal Reserve officials, who stoically made clear that "a sustained period of below trend growth" may be a necessary byproduct as part of the effort to bring down inflation. Ultimately, investors moved away from risk, sending stocks lower for the third straight quarter of 2022, while putting an exclamation point on the worst decline in the first nine months of a year in 20 years. By the end of the quarter, the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq had entered into bear market territory. All three benchmark indexes are down at least 21.0% on the year. Crude oil prices declined sharply in the quarter for several reasons, including waning fuel demand, China's ongoing COVID lockdown policy, the unexpectedly benign impact of sanctions against Russian oil exports, rising inflation, and the strength of the U.S. dollar. The strength of the dollar often weighs on oil and other commodities that are priced in that currency, making them more expensive to purchasers using other currencies. Bond prices declined during the quarter, pushing yields up. The 10-year Treasury yield jumped 83 basis points since the end of June and nearly 230 basis points on the year. Gold prices struggled to maintain any momentum, ultimately falling more than 7.50% in the quarter.

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posted in Financial Planning, Market, Quarter 3

Market Month: November 2021

Dec 3, 2021 10:27:23 AM
written by The Retirement Group

The Markets (as of market close November 30, 2021)

Before reviewing yourcompany 401(k) plan, check out how the market can affect your retirement. Stocks ended November generally lower, with only the Nasdaq able to eke out a gain. The Global Dow and the Russell 2000 each lost more than 4.25%. The Dow fell 3.7% and the S&P 500 dropped 0.8%. The Nasdaq gained 0.3%.

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posted in Market, 2021, November

Market Month: July 2021

Aug 5, 2021 8:15:00 AM
written by The Retirement Group

The Markets (as of market close July 30, 2021)

Stocks closed generally higher in July, despite a downturn at the end of the month. Second-quarter corporate earnings data was generally strong, although some megacap companies posted weaker-than-expected earnings results. Economic news was mostly favorable. The economy expanded at an annualized rate of 6.5%, 850,000 new jobs were added, while the number of new unemployment claims declined. Industrial production rose, as did new orders for durable goods.

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posted in Market Volatility, Market, July

Fortune 500 Employees: Antitrust Crackdown Aims to Increase Competition

Aug 4, 2021 3:53:08 PM
written by The Retirement Group

This article contains a wealth of beneficial information for Fortune 500 employees. The president issued an executive order in July designed to More than a dozen federal agencies have been directed to begin work on 72 initiatives aimed at fostering robust competition in the U.S. economy, in some cases through the implementation of new regulations.[1]

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posted in Market, competition, Antitrust

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