Fourth quarter market commentary – Candyland

The last quarter of 2021 yielded mostly positive returns for equities and flat returns for fixed income securities. The S&P 500 gained 11.0% while the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index was flat. Markets were helped by delightful amounts of fiscal spending that contributed to an almost $1.2 trillion expansion in the U.S. public debt in …

Reviewing your finances yearly

As we approach the holiday season, this is the ideal time to reflect on your 2017 financial year as well as creating a focus for your financial future starting in 2018. We want to start the dialogue about how you performed this year so we can gain a greater understanding of what needs to happen …

Positioning yourself for early retirement

Who doesn’t dream of retiring early? More time for travel, to work on your house or to follow passions without worrying if it can pay the bills. For most of us it stays a dream, but it doesn’t have to. There are financial moves you can make today that will make your dream of early …

Coming to grips with persistent inflation

Following its best month of the year in October, the S&P 500 Index cooled off in November, falling 0.7%. The shift in performance was concentrated at the end of the month. The index fell 2.6% from November 24 to November 30 as news of the Omicron COVID variant swept the globe1. Even though the World …

Fourth quarter market outlook

Markets delivered bland returns during the third quarter—a welcome development considering the stellar returns achieved earlier in the year. Here’s where we stand. U.S. stocks, as proxied by the S&P 500, gained 0.6% while U.S. bonds, proxied by the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, were nearly flat at 0.1%. Commodities were the top-performing asset class, …