Tax Changes For 2023 – Tax Planning

In 2022, inflation eclipsed 9% and reached 40-year highs as food and gasoline prices exhibited continuous spikes. Many consumers reported consistently feeling that their paychecks did not go as far as they used to, to which the Internal Revenue Service …

Highlights From The SECURE Act 2.0 – Retirement Planning

In response to an aging American population, a bipartisan retirement measure passing through Congress looks to assist Americans nearing retirement in the next decade. The measure, titled Secure Act 2.0, builds upon previous changes to retirement policies in 2019 and …

Macro Overview

Global equity and fixed-income markets navigated through a volatile environment as 2022 unfolded to be a challenging year. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, rising interest rates, inflationary pressures, and a slowing economy all weighed on financial markets. The three major …

Macroeconomic Overview

Markets reacted to indications that the Fed might slow its pace of rate increases heading into the new year. Such a change in monetary policy would be positively received by financial markets with the anticipation of eventual lower rates. The …

High Mortgage Rates Scare Away Potential Homebuyers

Mortgage rates eclipsed 7% in late October 2022, their highest in over 20 years. This has discouraged countless potential buyers from purchasing a home and instead resorting to renting or staying where they currently live. Exorbitantly high rates are discouraging …

Elevated Food Inflation Continues

The most recent measure of food inflation is 8.2%, with 2022 inflation at the highest level since inflation in the 1980s, and the category seeing the harshest hikes appears to be food prices. Price jumps at grocery stores directly affect …

A Hidden Reason of Inflation – Monetary Policy

The Fed has increased interest rates by 3% over 3 months, the largest increase since 1982, as a response to the highest inflation in over 40 years. The root of this inflation, in many economists’ eyes, is the historic growth …

New Global Growth Estimates Point To Slowdown

The July 2022 World Economic Outlook revealed that the global economy’s future is “gloomy and more uncertain.” The key economies of China, Russia, Europe, and the United States all have critical issues in the near term, with a continued slowdown …

Self-Employed Workforce Falling From Largest In 13 Years

During the Great Resignation in 2021, when increasingly high amounts of employees quit their jobs, the trend was confidence in the ability to work remotely and be self-employed. This confidence led to historically high growth of the self-employed workforce and …

Home Prices Fall for the First Time in 10 Years

Ever since the housing market plummeted in the 2008 Great Recession, houses have skyrocketed in price. Even with home prices falling, houses are at relatively low affordability levels which a fall in prices which may change in the near future. …

Stocks Endure Difficult Third Quarter

Equities across the board were down in the quarter ending September 30th, as the market continues to react to global turmoil and the Fed’s aggressive interest rate spikes. Sectors that held up the best relative to other sectors included biotechnology, …