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Jul 25, 2022

High Inflation, Strong Dollar…A Contradiction?

While a strengthening dollar has provided relief for US consumers against inflation, if the dollar were to fall against other currencies, this benefit would dissipate and expose Americans to further inflation from increasing import costs.

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Apr 4, 2022

Inverted – What the Bond Market and Top Gun Have in Common

Your investment strategy should consider the likelihood of experiencing the occasional recession. If it does, you have already factored slowdowns into your long-term plans.

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Jan 24, 2022

Hawkish Fed: Good for Your Portfolio?

The Fed has tremendous influence over the economy and the markets. After years of stimulus, it must navigate an unenviable balancing act of combating inflation without rattling confidence in the markets.

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Dec 20, 2021

2021 U.S. Economy – The Bedel Barometer

The current score for the Bedel Barometer is +3. While we all know “past performance is not a guarantee of future results,” our economic metrics continue to improve with the slow reopening of the economy.

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Dec 13, 2021

Wow! Inflation over 7%

This inflation rate far surpasses the Federal Reserve's target of achieving an average inflation rate of 2% per year. Yet, despite this data, Fed Chair Jerome Powell has dismissed inflation concerns throughout much of the year because he believed higher prices were 'transitory.'

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Nov 29, 2021

Why Holiday Gifts May Cost More

We may be in the middle of the largest supply chain disruption since World War II. But what is the "supply chain," and how did we get into this mess?

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Sep 20, 2021

Tough Time to Find Used Cars: Indiana has Best Value

Used vehicle price increases are frustrating to consumers who need a vehicle now. However, remember the negotiating power you hold for those who already have a used vehicle to trade-in/sell.

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Jul 8, 2021

Inflation and the Market: Back to the Future

The cloudy picture presented by historical data from the impact of inflation and tax increases on the market underscores the importance of developing a long-term investment strategy and maintaining your diversified allocation to the proper mix of stock and bonds

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Jun 14, 2021

Inflation’s Impact on Your Portfolio

Inflation is a complicated topic that economists have debated for centuries. While the Federal Reserve has indicated that it will begin to increase interest rates, if necessary, to combat high inflation, its ability to do so without negatively impacting the stock market is unclear.

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Apr 5, 2021

Summer Sizzle: $4 per Gallon Gas!

While gas prices in Indiana are often below the national average, experts predict that the U.S.'s average price could exceed $4.00 per gallon later this summer. As prices at the pump increase, other transportation modes are also likely to see meaningful increases in their prices.

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Jan 18, 2021

Inflation and the Great Fed Money Pump

The role central banks across the world played in orchestrating an economic recovery cannot be understated. While their efforts succeeded in pushing the stock market to fresh record highs, the prospect of meaningful future price inflation as a consequence is very real.

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Dec 14, 2020

Are You Guaranteeing Losses in Your Portfolio?

After this year of volatility, some investors may want to reduce their portfolio risk and shift toward less risk or risk-free investments. These types of shifts provide protection with a small positive return. Right? Well, not always.

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Dec 6, 2018

The Amazon Effect: How Big is the Economic Impact?

Chances are you’ve crossed paths with Amazon at some point recently – purchasing a Christmas gift, ordering groceries for the home, or even researching products and their customer reviews. But Amazon's impact extends far beyond the way you shop - but just how far remains to be seen.

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