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March 2021 Market Recap

The gradual economic growth discussed last month showed signs of accelerating in March.  Employers hired more, with January and February’s employment gains of +545k being revised up by 156k more jobs.  March’s non-farm payroll employment shot up by another 916k jobs to move the unemployment rate down by 6%.  In addition, the “participation rate” (those …

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Paycheck Protection Program Extended

The Paycheck Protection Program has been extended to June 30, 2021.  The American Rescue Plan provided an additional $7.25 billion in funding to the program.  The PPP Extension Act of 2021 takes it a step farther, extending the application deadline to May 31, 2021. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has until June 30, 2021 to …

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February 2021 Market Recap: Continuing Trends

February was a quiet month in the markets, continuing trends that have been in place since December.  Economic expansion seems to be continuing, with positive news on the coronavirus front,  unemployment being lower with 50k new jobs created last month, and a Q4 GDP advance estimate of 4.1%.  Further stimulus seems likely with the $1.9T …

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January 2021 Market Recap: Predictability!

Frankly, not much happened in the markets last month.  With a new President and Congress shifting power, it’s an odd time for nothing major to happen to impact the markets.  Our new President perhaps ushered something into our lives that you either love or hate…predictability. Both U.S. and Foreign stock markets had a tiny pullback …

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2020 Annual Market Recap

2020 will always be remembered as a tumultuous year.  When we write out the events that occurred, it’s hard to flesh that against the blistering 18.4% the U.S. stock market 1 returned this year. The pandemic gave us our fastest bear market and the fastest respondent bull market, all in the matter of about a …

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