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May 15, 2023

 Attention Turns To The Debt Ceiling Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. Stocks were mixed last week as good inflation news was offset by mounting debt ceiling concerns and rekindled regional banking fears. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.11%, while...

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May 8, 2023

Friday Rally Trims Losses; CPI Report Next Week Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. A Friday rebound, triggered by a big tech company’s earnings beat and a strong jobs report, shaved much of the week’s accumulated losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell...

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May 1, 2023

Stocks Rally As Attention Shifts To Fed's May Meeting Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. Strong earnings from several mega-cap technology companies offset renewed regional banking jitters and weak economic data, leaving stocks higher for the week. The Dow...

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April 24, 2023

Stocks Show Small Losses After Mixed Week Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. Stocks remained resilient last week amid mixed earnings reports, hawkish Fed-speak, and lingering recession fears, closing out the five trading days with small losses. The Dow Jones...

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April 17, 2023

Lower Inflation Lifts Spirits In Uneven Week. Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. The combination of an improving inflation outlook resulted in a week of uneven, albeit positive, performance, in which cyclical and financial stocks rallied while technology,...

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April 10, 2023

Weekly Market Insights: Hiring Cools; Recession Fears Rise. Stocks ended a shortened week of trading mixed amid revived recession fears on Wall Street triggered by weak economic data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.63%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500...

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April 3, 2023

Banking Crisis Fears Dim; Markets Rally Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. Stocks rallied last week on receding fears of a widening banking crisis, led by resurging investor interest in technology and communication services names. The Dow Jones Industrial...

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March 27, 2023

Mixed Message Provokes Volatility Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. Modest gains in major market indices masked sharp volatility amid the uncertainty arising from mixed messages emanating from public officials and revived banking fears. The Dow Jones...

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March 20, 2023

Markets Cautious After Banking Woes; Awaiting Fed Reaction Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. Amid the reverberations of two U.S. banks being taken over by regulators and the spread of uncertainty to European banks, stocks trended higher last week on the...

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March 13, 2023

Weekly Market Insights: Bad News Gives Markets A One-Two Punch Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc Stocks tumbled last week as investors reconsidered their interest rate expectations after Fed Chair Powell’s Congressional testimony that rates may need to go...

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Weekly Economic Update

July 3, 2023

Weekly Market Insights: Economy Continues Upward Trend Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. Stocks posted gains for the week to close out a stellar month, aided by positive economic data and reports that all major banks had passed the Federal Reserve’s annual...

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June 26, 2023

Weekly Market Insights: Stocks Take Summer Break, Month Remains Strong Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. Stocks took a breather last week as investors digested the previous week’s surge and the month-to-date solid gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average...

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June 19, 2023

Weekly Market Insights: Stocks Climb After Fed Pause Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. Stocks climbed last week as reassuring inflation data boosted investor hopes that the rate-hike cycle was nearing an end amid fresh economic data pointing to continued...

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Economic Update

Q2 – 2021

In this Q2 recap: U.S. economic growth strong as reopening widens. Europe’s recovery picks up steam; Stocks reach new record highs, face new interest rate and inflation landscape. Quarterly Economic Update A review of Q2 2021, Presented by Ftacek Financial Services,...

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Q1 – 2021

In this Q1 recap: U.S. economic growth gains traction as vaccination rollout picks up speed; Stocks higher, but questions about where they go from here linger.

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Q4 – 2020

In this Q4 recap: the appearance of two COVID-19 vaccines gives businesses and consumers hope and lifts stocks; U.S. lawmakers approve a second financial stimulus; European negotiators sign off on a post-Brexit trade deal.

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Retirement InSight

October 2021

Monthly News and Information for Current and Future Retirees Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. - OCTOBER 2021   QUOTE OF THE MONTH “The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.” MADELEINE L'ENGLE ROBOCALLS,...

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September 2021

Monthly News and Information for Current and Future Retirees Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc. - SEPTEMBER 2021 QUOTE OF THE MONTH “Every laugh line, every scar, is a badge I wear to show I've been present, the inner rings of my personal tree trunk that I...

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August 2021

Monthly News and Information for Current and Future Retirees Presented by Ftacek Financial Services, Inc.  - AUGUST 2021 QUOTE OF THE MONTH “Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!” INGRID BERGMAN CAN...

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Articles

Summer Rally Already Over?

Hey, what's going on with markets? I’ve got some thoughts to share. Just a few short 30 days ago, we experienced the broad-based markets in rally mode and the thought of this summer's selloff may finally be coming to an end. Not so fast, the markets had different...

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Bear Market

I'm dropping you a quick note to talk about what's going on within the markets. Well, it happened. Like suggested in our earlier letters regarding continued market volatility this year, markets continued their wild ride, and here we are. Stocks slid into bear market...

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It’s going to be OK…

The last few weeks (and months) of volatility have told us that we're sailing in stormy waters. This is a quick note to tell you that it's going to be OK. A few things I'd like you to keep in mind right now: "Unprecedented" events can happen much more often than we'd...

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