2008 vs. 2020: What Happens When the Federal Funds Rate is 0%?

During each of the fourteen Federal Open Market Committee meetings from March 2020 through June 2021, Chair Jerome Powell and committee members have decided to leave the federal funds rate unchanged, at a target range of 0% to 0.25%.  With inflation on the rise and unemployment falling, the Fed instead revealed their plan to increase … Continued

Economic Update — Reviewing Q1 2021

A big green flag was waved for the bull market in the first quarter of 2021, as investors continued to load up their plates with risky assets. With a presidential election behind us and ever-growing coronavirus vaccination rates ahead, US markets got back off to the races. The NASDAQ gained 3% in Q1, but a … Continued

Economic Update — Reviewing Q3 2020

The bull market raged on in the third quarter of 2020, continuing the second quarter rally. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic keeping a tight grip on the global economy, the S&P 500 and Dow gained 8.9% and 8.2% respectively, while big tech drove the Nasdaq Composite up 11.2% in Q3 on a total return basis. Even … Continued