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Interest Rates Are Going Higher Than Expected

The Fed downshifted to smaller rate hikes but isn’t close to done. In contrast to the 75 basis point rate hikes at each of the last four meetings, the Federal Reserve raised short-term rates by only 50 bps YESTERDAY, as expected. However, the Fed made it clear in its projections and at the press conference that it is tilted toward further rate hikes in the months ahead and more rate hikes than the markets have been pricing in. Today’s Fed statement was virtually identical to the one in No… View More

Energy Reliability & Security to Remain a Major Investment Theme in 2023

In January 2020 President Biden entered office and declared he was going to change the energy policy in America at a record pace. We were going green baby and Biden was the man to take us there in record time. Then a few months later in March of 2020 when the markets thought the world was coming to an end because of Covid-19 and the markets lost more than 50% of its value in a matter of weeks, one economic sector caught our eye. The energy sector has long been a bellwether but had not performed … View More

Annual Gifting

Below we have outlined a list of reminders as you consider your options for Annual Gifting.   Don't Forget to Give to Charity As the end of the year and the holiday season approach, we will all see an uptick in the number of charitable solicitations arriving in our mailboxes and by email. Since some charities sell their contributor lists to other charities, frequent contributors may find themselves besieged by requests from all sorts of charities with which they are not familiar. Watch Out … View More

Economic Update

The U.S. economy does not appear to be in a recession right now. But risks continue to skew to the downside, in our opinion. We believe there’s a 75% chance of a U.S. recession in the next 2 years. The employment situation continues to show a tight U.S. labor market. Despite some notable tech layoff announcements, U.S. nonfarm payrolls in November rose +263,000 m/m, with only small revisions to prior months. Workers who are fired seem able to get new jobs quickly (consistent with still-elevat… View More


Among the sad legacies of the prolonged use of quantitative easing to wash away the sins of the world is the difficulty among investors, businessmen, and labor alike to think of business cycles as anything other than “V-shaped” affairs. Unfilled job openings and excess savings may be enough to believe in the possibility of a soft landing in the economy in 2023. It may not be enough, in our view, to justify a market trading at 18x trailing earnings. Believe it or not, domestic equity mutual f… View More

Fourth Quarter Rally Continues

U.S. equities fell last week (S&P 500 -0.6%) after the prior week’s strong gains. The equity decline was a function of hawkish Fed speak and further yield curve inversion. Best sectors were consumer staples (+1.7%) and healthcare (+1.0%); worst sectors were consumer discretionary (-3.1%) and energy (-1.9%). Source: Bob Doll, Crossmark Chart reflects price changes, not total return. Because it does not include dividends or splits, it should not be used to benchmark performance of speci… View More

A Rally in Stocks and Bonds - Is it Sustainable?

U.S. equities were higher last week (S&P 500 +5.9%) more than erasing the prior week’s declines. A major factor in the upside was an outsized Thursday rally in the wake of a softer-than-expected report for October CPI. The softer inflation report sparked a flurry of dovish-leaning Fedspeak. Best performers were technology (+10.0%), communication services (+9.2%) and materials (+7.7%); worst performers were utilities (+1.4%), healthcare (+1.8%) and energy (+2.0%). Source: Bob Doll, Cro… View More

Earnings Growth Continues To Roll Over

With earnings season more than 80% complete, EPS growth is expected to be 4.3% which is just below expectations at the beginning of the reporting season. On sector basis the data was mixed with 7 of the 11 sectors exceeding initial growth estimates led by energy. Turning to sales, the estimate growth rate is expected to be 11% which is ahead of the initial estimates of 9.7% on Oct. 1st. 2023 EPS Estimate Down To $233, Growth Expected To Be 5.3% The biggest story from our perspective has been… View More

Reprieve In Bonds Allow Stocks To Rise

Equities were higher for the second straight week (S&P 500 +4.0%). Despite multiple megacap earnings disappointments, the market remained resilient. The market is embracing the idea that the Fed could soon begin to slow the pace of tightening. Best performers were industrials (+6.7%) and utilities (+6.5%); worst performers were communication services (-2.9%) and consumer discretionary (+0.7%). 3Q Earnings Season Turning Out To Be Underwhelming With the third quarter earnings season about h… View More

Q3 Earnings Reports Coming in Better than Feared

Stocks rose last week (S&P 500 +4.7%) after falling to a 2.5 year low the week before. The increase was attributable to technical and sentiment reasons, but also Q3 earnings reports coming in less bad than feared. Best sectors were energy (+8.1%), technology (+6.5%), and materials (+6.2%); worst sectors were utilities (+2.0%), consumer staples (+2.2%), and healthcare (+2.3%). 3Q’22 Earnings Season Mixed So Far With just 20% of companies reporting thus far this earnings season, results ha… View More

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All financial companies choose how they share your non-public personal information. Federal law gives consumers the right to limit some but not all sharing. Federal law also requires us to tell you how we collect, share, and protect your non-public personal information. Even when you are no longer our customer, we will only share your non-public personal information as described in this notice. So, please read this notice carefully to understand what we do.

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We share your non-public personal information for our everyday business purposes such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, report to credit bureaus, to protect the confidentiality or security of your records, or as permitted by law. We may also share your non-public personal information for our own firm’s marketing purposes; so that we can offer our products and services to you.

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We don’t share non-public personal information about your creditworthiness with our affiliates for their everyday business purposes. We don’t share your non-public personal information with our affiliates to market to you. We don’t share your non-public personal information with non-affiliates to market to you. We also don’t share your non-public personal information for joint marketing with other financial companies. State laws and individual companies may give you additional rights to limit sharing.

We share non-public personal information with our parent company affiliate, Focus Financial Partners, Inc, for its internal and external auditing purposes. We also share your non-public personal information with a non-affiliate for the purpose of aggregating it and providing summary information based on this data to our parent company, Focus Financial Partners, Inc.

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