Current events and trends (part 2)

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    Current events and trends part two

    Our opinion on the debt ceiling debate and market volatility … delayed but not finalized

    by Scott Arnold, IMPACTfolio

    This week, some clients have voiced concerns about the recent market volatility and the impasse in Washington DC While the debt ceiling debate may have been postponed until mid-December, we expect conflict and turbulent markets to persist through the end of the year. We understand the underlying concern of market volatility and wanted to take the opportunity to share our thoughts with everyone.

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    Rising home prices are a warning to consumers

    by Robert Stoll, Financial Design Studio

    This week, the Case-Shiller monthly index of house prices in the United States saw its largest year-over-year increase in the index’s history, dating back to the late 1980s. House prices rose an astonishing + 18.6% in June compared to June 2020 prices. The increase was higher than during the housing bubble of 2004-2006. In our view, these rising home prices are a warning to consumers.

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    The stock market performance in 2021 is expanding

    by Robert Stoll, Financial Design Studio

    There has been an incredible concentration of stock market performance in recent years. Big tech stocks like Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and others have largely pushed the indices higher while other stocks have fallen back. This was particularly the case in 2020, when investors rushed to “hide” in these supposedly safe stocks. However, in the first 9 months of the year we are seeing that stock market performance is spreading well in 2021.

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    Shop now for Christmas before it’s too late

    by Robert Stoll, Financial Design Studio

    Disruptions in supply and higher prices have clouded the world after the pandemic. Despite assurances from authorities and economists that these effects are “temporary”, the fact remains that they are bad and won’t get better anytime soon. This will become an even bigger issue with the 2021 Christmas shopping. Inventories are meager and ships delivering Christmas goods are stuck in ports. Of all the years when you should NOT put off your Christmas shopping, this is the year. Shop now for Christmas before it’s too late!

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    What does Fed Tapering mean for investors?

    by Robert Stoll, Financial Design Studio

    “It is an indisputable fact that there is a tremendous and sudden surge in demand in the credit market every ten or so years, followed by a great deal of revulsion and temporary credit wiping.” John Mills, About credit cycles and the origins of commercial panics (1867).

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    Further information on current events and trends can be found at:

    Good Financial Read: Current Events and Trends (Part 1)


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