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The markets are complex.  In today’s data age, it’s easy to find more points of information.  However, it’s harder than ever to find out what parts of that information actually matter to you.  That’s the reason behind Wealth Watch.  At BDF, we want to make sure we are always thinking about what’s relevant and keeping you in the loop.

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Are We in a Recession? Should We Care?

According to the dictionary, the U.S. went into a technical recession two weeks ago when it was confirmed that the economy shrunk for the second quarter in a row. How did markets respond to the news? Both stocks and bonds rallied. In fact, July was the best month for the stock market since April 2020. […]

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Are We on the Verge of a Housing Market Correction?

After two years of unprecedented growth in the housing market, we are beginning to see signs of cooling. Is this the beginning of a sharp correction? Recession talks are everywhere. The lost wealth effect from market turmoil, rising rates, inflation, and negative consumer sentiment are all bad signs, right? While it’s certainly possible, there is […]

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If Recession Comes, Why It May Be Different This Time

Headlines these days tend to focus on the stress the economy is facing and the potential for a recession (some even argue we may already be in a recession). People are rightfully worried about the state of the economy, as the continued impacts of supply chain disruptions stemming from the global pandemic, increased energy costs, […]

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Powell’s Pickle

In January 2013, I was in the market for a new car. With gas at the time above $4 per gallon, I opted for a Ford Fusion Hybrid. Of course, as soon as I made the purchase, gas prices dropped and remained low for the next nine years. Why share this anecdote other than to […]

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An Economic Hurricane

Last week, Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan, warned of a coming “Economic Hurricane” and encouraged preparedness.  As an investor, that’s a dire warning.  What does Mr. Dimon mean by this? There are several risks Mr. Dimon is pointing to.  Namely, the war in Ukraine, Fed action, rising rates, and persistent inflation.  To be […]

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A Close Eye on I Bonds

With the stock and bond markets in turmoil and inflation topping 8%, it is only natural for investors to seek any investment that offers attractive returns. Enter I Bonds – the latest bright, shiny object to grace the investment scene. Much has been written about I Bonds in recent months especially given the 9.6% interest […]

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Looming Recession?

Downward markets have been drawing a lot of attention as of late.  Among the many potential reasons for a decline is a slowing economy.  Market pundits have been busy vocalizing their predictions on whether a recession is on the horizon and, if so when it might occur. Recessions have been loosely defined as two consecutive […]

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Factoring in Inflation

In March, inflation reached heights not seen since December of 1981 as supply chain disruptions stemming from the ongoing global pandemic and open conflict in Eastern Europe continued to put upward pressure on prices. While many pundits believe we have seen the worst of it, higher than normal inflation appears to be here for a […]

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The Dreaded Inverted Yield Curve

Many pundits have viewed an inverted yield curve as a signal for a recession. An inverted yield curve is defined as when short-term interest rates are higher than long-term rates. Although there has been previous correlation between this inversion occurring and a recession, it’s not as clear-cut an indicator as one may think. The Yield […]

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Busted Bonds

With all the turmoil in the world, no wonder we have seen stock market declines.  Stock markets had done so well for so long, and now you add a war on top of it, so it’s easy for our minds to justify the recent volatility.  But bonds aren’t so intuitive.  Bonds are supposed to help […]

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From Russia with Tanks Part II – What’s Next?

Two weeks ago, Russian forces invaded Ukraine, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II. While the geopolitical ramifications of the invasion may not be known for years, the implications for the global economy and the financial markets will be felt much sooner. As one might expect, the market dropped immediately the […]

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Impact Investing – How to Assess Performance

In the summer of 2021, BDF introduced our Impact Investing platform. We designed a portfolio that stayed true to BDF’s philosophy on investing while also emphasizing companies that score favorably in terms of their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors. Since this introduction, we’ve been fortunate enough to have many great conversations with clients who […]

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