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Monday, May 13, 2024

Despite a late-month rally, stocks fell in April as investors struggled with a hotter-than-expected inflation report and mixed news about the economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 5.00 percent, while the...

Friday, April 19, 2024

I hope this newsletter finds you well. Before diving into the fun stuff, our firm would like to notify you of a few changes that are fixing to occur regarding Securities America, the firm we use to support our business operations....

Monday, March 4, 2024

The weather may still be chilly, but stocks were hot in February, with all three major indexes hitting record highs this month. As this latest rally picks up steam, investors continue watching the...

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, it’s a great time to mention that January is Financial Wellness Month. Financial wellness encompasses many things, the most obvious of which is your relationship...

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

As we bid farewell to 2023, we would like to thank you for another year of continued trust. We also wish you a Merry Christmas/prosperous New Year!  Before we finalize the year, we would like to end with an update regarding the...

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

November has arrived. At the start of this month, all eyes were focused on whether the Federal Reserve (Fed) would hike interest rates for a fifth time this year or hold rates steady.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

November has arrived. At the start of this month, all eyes were focused on whether the Federal Reserve (Fed) would hike interest rates for a fifth time this year or hold rates steady.

Monday, October 9, 2023

We are monitoring the developments over the weekend where, Hamas, a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist attacked a large music festival near the Israel-Gaza border killing hundreds of people.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Switching costs are the costs and inconveniences that customers incur when they switch to a new product or service. Intuit, a company that offers financial products and services used switching costs to gain market share for many years.

Friday, September 8, 2023

August was largely a reversal from previous months, which were driven by large Tech companies dubbed the “Magnificent 7.”

Friday, September 8, 2023

Everyone has heard the story of Amazon changing the retail game but how did they obtain true scale? 

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

"Over time people get smarter but not wiser. They don't get emotionally stable. You can teach people all you want, tell them to read Graham's book, you can send them to graduate school, but when they are scared, they really get scared..."

Monday, August 7, 2023

Despite persistent and lingering heat and humidity in most parts of the country, the bulls kept running in July, with both the economy and stocks proving quite resilient despite rising interest rates.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

The S&P 500 and NASDAQ both posted impressive returns of 6.61% and 6.55%, respectively in June. Most of the return on these indices is attributed to a few prominent tech names like Apple, Google, Nvidia, and Tesla.

Friday, June 30, 2023

When you time the markets, you have to be right twice – first when getting out and second when getting back in. In the accompanying chart, you can see individual...

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Jerome Powell skipped an interest rate hike at the Fed’s June meeting, but the market isn’t buying what the Fed Chair is selling.

Friday, June 16, 2023

Jerome Powell skipped an interest rate hike at the Fed’s June meeting, but the market isn’t buying what the Fed Chair is selling about what’s next with short-term rates.Powell signaled that two more rate increases may...

Monday, June 5, 2023

April showers bring May....volatility? Mounting concerns about the looming debt ceiling deadline had investors worried about the potential fallout resulting in knee-jerking movements.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

What is a bull market, and more importantly, who determines if we are in one?

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Would it surprise you to hear that investors have moved past worrying about inflation? They have, at least for now. Wall Street has shifted its attention to Washington’s budget negotiations and the debt ceiling.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Don't hold a surprise birthday party for Jerome Powell. He would hate it. And if you plan on visiting the Fed Chair, call first. He doesn't like surprises. Powell delivered on his March promise at the most recent Fed meeting by...

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Spring has sprung and prayers are needed..  Some of you may have heard, Ryan Watson (Mississippi Highway Patrol Officer), conducted a routine traffic stop at 0700 hours on May 2, 2023, near Mound Bayou, MS....

Monday, April 24, 2023

Stocks traded most of last week around the flatline as investors grappled with several headwinds. The first was disappointing earnings results, coupled with the absence of earnings guidance from some companies due to an...

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Stocks treaded water ahead of last week’s inflation data and the start of a new earnings season. Stocks rallied on a favorable March consumer inflation report, only to falter after the release of last week's FOMC report.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Renewed recession worries dented investor sentiment, and the week kicked off with a weekend announcement by OPEC+ nations of their intention to cut oil production. Stocks weathered the news well but buckled on other weak news.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

March threw some curveballs at us, but thankfully the news didn't force any strikeouts.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

A Turbulent Week for Stocks. The stock market was unable to find sustained direction as investors weighed comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Stocks initially rose as banking fears eased.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Welcome to March! St. Patrick's Day gives us a ton to be thankful for, but unfortunately, February’s market performance feels more like atrophy, not growth.

Monday, February 27, 2023

Concerns over a firmer monetary policy were heightened by fresh economic data, touching off a climb in bond yields and a slide in stock prices last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average skidded 2.99%, while the Standard & Poor’s...

Friday, February 17, 2023

Stocks drifted lower as a week of mixed earnings reports and resurgent worries over Fed monetary policy dragged on investor sentiment. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.17%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 declined...

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Welcome to February, where the weather is traditionally cold and grey (a seemingly appropriate reflection of investor sentiment after surviving the market turbulence of 2022). Continuing the pattern, January was another roller...

Monday, January 30, 2023

Stocks added to their early 2023 gains amid a busy stream of mixed corporate earnings results and conflicting economic data.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.81%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 added 2.47%. The Nasdaq...

Monday, January 23, 2023

Stocks showed mixed results last week as recession fears resurfaced in response to weak economic data and a tepid start to a new corporate earnings season.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average skidded 2.70%, while the Standard &...

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

A strong Friday rally triggered by fresh signs of moderating inflation pushed stocks into positive territory to begin the new year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.46%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 advanced 1.45%....

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2023. I’m sure all of us are happy to see 2022 in the rearview mirror. Looking back, it was a challenging year not only for the markets but also for all of our wallets, as inflation hit highs we...

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Hawkish comments by the Fed and weak economic data heightened investors’ recession concerns and sent stocks lower last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.66%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 retreated 2.08%. The...

Monday, December 5, 2022

As the year’s final month, December brings holiday gatherings and hopefulness for brighter days ahead in 2023. Looking back at how the economy performed in November, we saw lighter holiday-week trading at Thanksgiving...

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Growing optimism that the Fed may be ready to ease future interest rate hikes sent stocks higher in a quiet trading week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.78%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 added 1.53%. The Nasdaq...

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The stock market edged lower last week as it digested a crosscurrent of conflicting economic data and contrasting comments from Fed officials. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat (-0.01%), while the Standard & Poor’s 500...

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

A cooling inflation number ignited a powerful rally on Thursday, sending stocks to strong gains for the week.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 4.15%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 added 5.90%. The Nasdaq Composite index...

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Hawkish comments by Fed Chair Jerome Powell, following the announcement of another 75 basis points interest rate hike last week, cast a pall over financial markets, sending yields higher and stocks lower.The Dow Jones Industrial...

Friday, November 4, 2022

Happy November. As we move into the season of giving thanks, we can all feel thankful for a bit of good news about the markets. Stocks soared during October, with value stocks outperforming growth as earnings season kicked into high...

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Stocks overcame poor earnings results from some of America’s largest companies to post gains last week as investors cheered positive earnings surprises, easing inflation and a rebound in economic growth.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

A positive start to a new earnings season and late-week hopes for a near-term easing in Fed rate hikes lifted investors’ spirits and powered stocks to gains for the week.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 4.89%, while the...

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Stocks were mixed last week amid wide intra- and inter-day price swings, as technology shares bore the brunt of the downdraft. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.15% for the week. Meanwhile, the Standard & Poor’s 500...

Monday, October 10, 2022

A powerful two-day stock rebound cemented a positive week for investors as a new trading month began.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Welcome to our October newsletter! Along with cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and spooky Halloween decorations, October also includes Financial Planning Month. If something has changed in your life and you need to..

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Last week, Fed Chair Powell said the U.S. would not tame inflation without economic pain. This week heightened recession fears and sent stocks broadly lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 4.00%, while the Standard &...

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

A hotter-than-expected inflation report sent stocks sharply lower last week as investors faced the prospect of more aggressive interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve for perhaps a longer period.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Welcome to our September newsletter! It feels like summer is already in the rearview mirror. It went fast, didn’t it? Beginning with the autumnal equinox on the 22nd of the month, we’ll start to see the days grow shorter!

Thursday, September 1, 2022

A comprehensive sell-off on Friday following comments by Fed Chair Jerome Powell drove stocks to losses for the week.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Stocks tumbled on Friday, sending stocks to a weekly loss after an otherwise quiet August week of trading.

Friday, August 19, 2022

As seen on the news, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 on August 16. Many Americans could save money come tax time. Check out this piece from our advisor, Peyton Chambers, outlining how it could impact you!

Monday, August 15, 2022

An improving inflation outlook buoyed investors’ spirits last week, helping lift stocks to solid gains.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Stocks turned in a mixed performance last week as investors struggled with headlines suggesting that the Fed was unlikely to soon ease up on its current monetary tightening policy.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Welcome to our July Newsletter! July was yet another month of roller coaster ups and downs, marked by continued consumer concerns about supply chain issues and higher costs for goods and services.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Stocks rallied last week as investor spirits lifted thanks to a better-than-expected start to the second-quarter earnings season.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

A record-high inflation report, the prospects of a more aggressive Fed, and growing recession fears sent stocks lower– though losses were pared by a Friday rally.

Monday, July 11, 2022

In a holiday-shortened trading week, stocks rallied despite mixed economic data and vacillating energy prices and bond yields.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Welcome to our July newsletter! It’s safe to say that everyone was hoping to see the markets settle down in June, but it ended up being another painfully bumpy month.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Prospects of cooling inflation powered a rally in stock prices last week despite growing recession concerns.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Stocks moved lower last week as recession fears deepened following a Fed hike in interest rates and weak economic data.

Monday, June 13, 2022

A higher-than-expected inflation report triggered a sell-off on Friday, leaving stocks in the red for the week. The markets are impatiently awaiting more economic data through the remainder of the week.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Welcome to our June Newsletter! What a relief to have May in the rearview mirror after a volatile month. Surprisingly, despite weeks of negative performance, the major stock indexes actually finished flat, thanks to an end-of-month rally!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Every week we'll provide updates on the latest trends in the stock market. Follow along to stay up to date!

Monday, May 23, 2022

Every week we'll provide updates on the latest trends in the stock market. Follow along to stay up to date!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Every week we will provide updates on the latest trends in the stock market. Follow along to stay up to date!

Friday, May 13, 2022

A simple guide outlining how to purchase "I Bonds" direct from the treasury.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Several stocks are down 80% from their highs.. Is it well justified? We have the economic data for you to decide. We believe the data remains strong in the face of tough YoY comparisons.

Friday, May 6, 2022

The Stock Market isn't known for its Emotionless history. In fact, it's known for the exact opposite. Especially the dramatic downward plunges - we’d all like to AVOID those!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Get that vision board out, Cleveland MS! Whether you want to pay off debt, build up your savings, save for retirement, or set aside funds to take your dream vacation; you'll need a solid plan of attack. Here's your FREE guide!

Monday, May 2, 2022

FYI: Elon Musk is buying Twitter, Netflix looks like Deadflix, and gas prices are at their lowest levels in 14 days.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Netflix surprised the market with a significant subscriber loss last week, and the data put some pressure on other similar streaming stocks like Discovery.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

This blog post breaks down the “Perfect Cocktail” strategy used by high-earning investors.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Every week we'll provide updates on the latest trends in the stock market. Follow along to stay up to date!

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Twitter counters Elon Musk's takeover attempt by swallowing the 'Stock Poison Pill' similar to Netflix in 2012.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

FYI on Paused Student Loans and 7 things that you need to know today.

Monday, April 11, 2022

While advisors may differ in what fees they charge, they are required to fully disclose them. Pay close attention and ask questions.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

The media jumps to a Recession watch when the Yield Curve Inverts. This might make for compelling headlines, but an inverted Yield Curve is just one indicator of the Economy’s possible direction. Let’s put these headlines into context.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Stocks recovered in March on strength of positive economic data and the possibility of peace talks starting up between Russia and Ukraine. Despite the positive move, some investors are nervously eyeing the yield curve after recent inversion

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Is the world getting worse? Or is it actually getting better?

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

U.S equities finally caught a bid during March. Wall Street remains optimistic but the yield-curve could be flashing warning signs.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Brutal Housing Market. 30 year mortgage rate jumps to 4.67% with 5% in sight. What to know if you're looking to buy a house. What to know if you're looking to sell a house. Bottom line.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Bottom line. Control your home now.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Last week was constructive for U.S. equity indexes, given the headwinds that are currently in play. Long-term investing allows us to remain optimistic over long periods versus getting caught up in the day-to-day headlines.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Inflationary pressures, consumer expectations, and funky interest rate patterns (called an inverted yield curve) could be flashing warning signs.