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(A written transcript of the podcast is available by contacting your JNBA Advisory Team.) One thing’s for sure when it comes to the markets: We’re not in Kansas anymore. You’re probably not surprised to hear that stocks are having the worst start to a new year since 1939. For perspective, that’s the year “The Wizard...
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The anticipation for extremely aggressive monetary policy from the Federal Reserve as it tries to rapidly normalize interest rates is impacting many corners of the financial markets – especially higher growth assets whose perceived earnings are not expected until further out into the future. While investors in stocks seem to have initially shrugged off the...
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In the first quarter of 2022, the markets were fairly volatile with rising inflation as well as the first land war in Europe since World War II. Bonds, in particular, experienced their worst quarter in 40 years, although the stable nature of bonds still don’t compare to the volatility of stocks. As these historical events...
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The invasion of Ukraine, rising inflation, and anticipated interest rate increases continue to spark considerable market volatility – but what does a historical perspective tell us about what could happen next? JNBA President Kim Brown and Senior Advisor and Investment Strategist John Foster discuss how global events are impacting the markets right now, and what...
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There is no doubt that the ongoing developments in Russia and Ukraine are not only fluid, but also unprecedented in recent history. While our hearts certainly go out to all the individuals and families impacted by the humanitarian crisis overseas, one of our core job functions, and why people hire us, is to analyze the...
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Financial markets do not like uncertainty. Having struggled with an unfamiliar pandemic over the last couple of years, followed by a resurgence of inflation and now a hawkish Federal Reserve likely on the verge of hiking interest rates in March, investors are increasingly on edge over what a Russian invasion of Ukraine means to them...
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 At JNBA, an important part of our role is helping individuals and families successfully transition into retirement. But what are the most important things to consider as you approach this significant life milestone when you begin the shift from the accumulation phase to the distribution phase? Our latest video discussion covers some key considerations...
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Financial market volatility resurfaced last month with stocks falling the most since March 2020 as elevated inflation (+7.5% year-over-year in January), rising interest rates, and waning central bank support all combined to dent consumer sentiment while clouding otherwise positive jobs data and earnings reports. Markets have recovered a portion of their losses through mid-February, but...
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Following its worst week since March 2020, the S&P 500’s losing streak extended into a fourth week as the bellwether index has now fallen more than 10% since its early January highs, with the brunt of selling most concentrated in growth and smaller companies. Wall Street refers to a slide of this magnitude as a...
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2021 was a unique year, to say the least. While we collectively experienced a change in leadership, the pandemic pressed on, and millions left the workforce, investors faced everything from double-digit S&P gains to rampant inflation and record-low interest rates. What might 2022 bring? In our latest video discussion, JNBA Chairman and CEO Richard S....
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