How Residential and Commercial Real Estate Impact Markets

As major stock market indices approach all-time highs, investor concerns about the economy persist. Positive trends in inflation and employment may position the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates later this year, yet apprehensions remain, particularly in the real...

How Presidential Elections Affect the Stock Market

With the presidential election season heating up, there will no doubt be a flurry of daily headlines between now and election day on November 5. A rematch between Joe Biden and Donald Trump seems inevitable with Trump currently leading many presidential polls among...

Perspective on the Magnificent 7 and Valuations

The stock market continues to reach new heights, driven by a stronger-than-expected economy and the largest technology stocks. In particular, Nvidia, a maker of graphics chips used in artificial intelligence applications, recently helped to push markets higher after...

How Consumer Spending Supports the Economy and Markets

Consumer spending is the backbone of the U.S. economy, constituting over two-thirds of our nearly $28 trillion GDP. When consumers spend money on everyday goods and services, and make large one-time purchases, it not only helps to spur economic growth but is also a...

What History Says About Markets Reaching All-Time Highs

The author Fyodor Dostoevsky once wrote that “man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.” The idea that the glass is always half empty perfectly captures how many investors feel about the economy and financial markets, especially over...

What the SEC’s Bitcoin ETF Means for Investors

The S&P 500 has reached a new all-time high, coming full circle in just two years, despite growing uncertainty around the economy, the path of Fed rate cuts, and rising interest rates. Outside of traditional asset classes, Bitcoin also reached its highest level in...

How the Budget Battle in Washington Impacts Investors

The battle over the federal budget in Washington is adding to political uncertainty at a time when investors are already nervous about the economy and financial markets. Lawmakers are running out of time to agree on and approve a new budget after kicking the can down...