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A Brief History of U.S. Inflation

A Brief History of U.S. Inflation

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You may have seen the inflation news this week. The U.S. consumer price index (CPI) climbed to 7% in December, its highest level since 1982. That marks the third month in a row with inflation above 6%. This is a direct contradiction to the Federal Reserve's prediction that "inflation would be transitory." The inflation we are seeing today is the worst in 39 years. But it's not hyperinflation. At least, not yet anyway. When we ... >> Read More        
The 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dime

The 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dime

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The Flowing Hair Half Dime has the distinction of being one of the first coins issued by the US Mint. Designed by Robert Scot, this silver coin, valued at five cents, was part of the Coinage Act of 1792 which established the United States dollar as the standard unit of money in the country. The act also created a decimal system for US currency. In this early phase of the US currency system, officials decided ... >> Read More        
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Fed Says Rate Hikes Are Coming

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The Federal Reserve said today it plans to raise its benchmark interest rate at least three times in 2022, in an attempt to tame the big jump in consumer inflation that is spiraling throughout the economy. The Fed also sped up the pace of its "tapering" or reduced bond-buying spree by $30 billion per month and will end the program in March. The Fed has been buying bonds every month to support the economy after ... >> Read More        
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Gazing into the Crystal Ball: 2022 Outlook

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As snow begins to blanket northern parts of our nation and holiday lights twinkle on city streets, Wall Street firms begin rolling out their forecasts, projections and economic outlooks for the next year. As the nation continues to grapple with political polarization in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, the uncertainty of a new COVID variant, Omicron, and unsettling high levels of consumer inflation, what could lie ahead? Let's take a look at a ... >> Read More        
Understanding Risk-Adjusted Returns

Understanding Risk-Adjusted Returns

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If two separate investments deliver the exact same return over the same period which is better? The concept of risk-adjusted returns helps answer this question. An investment’s risk-adjusted return reflects the amount of risk an asset presents to deliver a particular return, or possible return. In other words, the risk-adjusted return reflects not only the assets earning power but also the potential for loss. Here is another way to think about risk-adjusted returns. Consider two ... >> Read More        
Dow Drops 600 Points: Uncovering Stock Market Danger

Dow Drops 600 Points: Uncovering Stock Market Danger

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On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial average skidded over 600 points intraday. That followed a Black Friday session which saw stocks get hammered as well. What's going on? One factor that analysts warned about recently are the historically high levels of margin borrowing. Indeed, the recent stock plunges reveals the fragility of the uptrend in stocks and underscores how quickly the market can reverse. If you are unfamiliar with margin buying, it is a strategy ... >> Read More        
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Little Known Banking Rules That Could Affect You

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How would you feel if your bank denied you access to your money? Or, said you needed to wait 10 days before making a transaction like a wire transfer? While it may sound like a bad dream, it's happened to many Americans – including Blanchard clients. If this has in fact already happened to you – don't despair – you aren't alone. There are a surprising number of little known banking rules and regulations that ... >> Read More        
Examining Stock Market Risk Right Now

Examining Stock Market Risk Right Now

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While many Americans struggle with the challenges of rising inflation – at the grocery store, at the gas pump, rising rent and more, stock market investors are a complacent bunch right now. The U.S. stock market is indeed enjoying double-digit gains in 2021, propelled higher by government spending that flooded the economy during the Covid crisis and the Fed's rock-bottom interest rates. Can this continue? There is an old market adage: the stock market takes ... >> Read More        
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The Dawn of the Next Silver Revolution

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Over 4,000 years ago, silver ingots were used as currency in ancient Greece. Today, silver remains a store of value, portfolio diversifier, fiat currency hedge and a tangible asset to grow and protect your wealth. What's more, silver is on the dawn of a new age of industrial demand. You may know that silver not only benefits from investment demand but that the metal also attracts industrial demand too. Many people, however, don't realize how ... >> Read More        
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Gold as a Force for Good in Global Health

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Few realize the value of gold in the public health sector. Too often gold is considered a store of wealth, a part of the jewelry industry, or a component in electronics. The purpose of gold in medical solutions goes unnoticed. Slowly, the COVID crisis is revealing just how important gold is for keeping countries healthy. The link between gold and global health is found within the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 3). This initiative was ... >> Read More        
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