Commentary

It's Getting Hot In Here: U.S. CPI Report Explained

January's U.S. Consumer Price Index report came in hotter than expected, leading to uncertainty in the markets regarding future interest rate cuts. Market expectations based on overnight index swaps have shifted, with projections now showing higher Federal Funds rates for 2024 and 2025. Despite volatility in both stock and bond markets, strong corporate earnings have helped stocks recover.

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U.S. Stocks Soar in January: A Promising Start to 2024

U.S. Stocks were positive in January as more Goldilocks economic data fueled investor optimism. U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) came at a +3.3% for Q4 2023, much stronger than the expected 2% gain.

Commentary

2023: The Year That Was Not

2023 proved to be another year when the consensus views were not correct. A few of these views that turned out non-prescient were that inflation would remain elevated in mid-single digits or higher, higher interest rates would crush housing prices, consumer spending would collapse, and oil prices would continue to rise.

Commentary

Journey Strategic Wealth's December Commentary

The change in tone from the Fed Chairman regarding inflation suggests that rates may have peaked. This month, we're highlighting the positive performance of the markets, with the S&P 500 approaching levels last seen in July. We're also experiencing an improvement in consumer confidence as things remain relatively healthy despite housing costs.