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MAP Views First Quarter 2024 Jan 02, 2024

Investors embraced risk throughout 2023, as they speculated that the Federal Reserve (the Fed) would pivot from their tightening stance that has been in place since March 2022, to one of easing. From a stock market perspective, the year can be summarized in two words: Magnificent Seven (aka Mag...

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MAP Views Fourth Quarter 2023 Oct 03, 2023

Stock prices moved lower during the third quarter of 2023 as progress on the inflation front slowed, and investors began to digest the likelihood of more interest rate hikes. As we have noted in previous MAP Views, we believe it will be challenging for the Federal Reserve (the Fed) to guide...

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MAP Views Third Quarter 2023 Jul 06, 2023

The first half of 2023 was a bifurcated one for the broader markets. Headline numbers for the broad indices posted impressive double-digit returns; however, a handful of large-cap technology stocks drove these returns. This was most evident in the Nasdaq Composite which was up 32.3% for the first...

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MAP Views Second Quarter 2023 Apr 03, 2023

Who's On First?

When the quarter began, all eyes were on the Federal Reserve (the Fed). The question on everyone's mind was how high is the Fed willing to push rates to drive inflation back to their stated two percent target? The Fed had already slowed its cadence from 75 basis points in November...

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MAP Views First Quarter 2023 Jan 04, 2023

After being pressured during the first three quarters of the year, stocks moved higher during the fourth quarter, marking their first quarterly gain in 2022. However, for the year, stocks posted their worst performance since the Great Financial Crisis (GFC), as investors responded negatively to...

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MAP Views Fourth Quarter 2022 Oct 04, 2022

The Inflation Monster Rears Its Ugly Head

Stubbornly high inflation has forced the Federal Reserve (the Fed) to become aggressive on the interest rate front, raising rates five times in 2022. These higher interest rates created a hostile environment for most asset classes. Stocks, bonds, most...

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MAP Views Third Quarter 2022 Jul 12, 2022

Stock markets wrapped up the first half of 2022 on a sour note. Investors braced for higher interest rates as the Federal Reserve (the Fed) attempted to combat the highest inflation levels in approximately 40 years. All three major U.S. indexes posted their second straight quarter of declines....

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MAP Views Second Quarter 2022 Apr 04, 2022

Investors faced several daunting challenges during the first quarter. The war in Ukraine stole the spotlight during the second half of the quarter, but even before that tragedy began to unfold, the investment landscape was changing dramatically for investors. Inflation went from being...

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MAP Views Special Edition - Russia And Ukraine Crisis Mar 01, 2022

Rising Oil Prices Fuel Russian Aggression. What’s Next?

It’s tempting to blame Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on President Putin’s desire to rebuild an empire or at least elevate Russia’s geopolitical influence. We view the aggression as another example of how...

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MAP Views First Quarter 2022 Jan 05, 2022

Stocks marched higher during the fourth quarter as investors shrugged off mounting inflationary pressures, increasing prospects for higher interest rates next year, and a surge of new COVID-19 infections stemming from the fast-spreading Omicron variant. Investors applauded favorable corporate...

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MAP Views Fourth Quarter 2021 Oct 13, 2021

September marked the worst performing month for stocks since the pandemic-induced swoon in March 2020. Last month’s market decline ended a seven-consecutive month winning streak for the S&P 500. Historically, September has proven to be the worst month for stocks over the past 10 and 20...

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MAP Views Third Quarter 2021 Jul 06, 2021

Stocks marched higher during the past three months, marking the fifth consecutive quarterly advance since the pandemic-induced crash last year. Value stocks continued their upward momentum but did give up some of their gains relative to growth stocks in June. The latter were bolstered by interest...

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