In an effort to fulfill our mission of educating all on the benefits of a healthy financial lifestyle, we offer our insights and resources. Our ‘Vestbridge Weekly Update’ is published weekly and provides critical insight into current events.

As a trusted voice in the industry, we also offer some of our published Guides free to the public, and we offer other materials also listed below.

  1. 2023 Mid-Year Update

    The first half of 2023 has been marked by lopsided gains, with a handful of mega-cap tech companies accounting for nearly all of the S&P 500’s 16.9% year-to-date returns, through June 30th. In our 2023 beginning of the year Annual Outlook, we cautioned that despite near-unanimous calls for a first-half recession from major financial institutions, we saw potential for a scenario in which US GDP was able to maintain a slightly positive rate of growth thanks to record low unemployment.

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  2. Housing Inflation – Ignore home prices, look at Rents

    The Fed paused on interest rate hikes last week.  At the post meeting press conference Chairman Powell mentioned housing services as a crucial aspect of the economy where the Fed needs to see progress on inflation.

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  3. The Fed’s Real Problem May Be The Government – Inflation versus Deflation

    If you are tired of reading about inflation, I don’t blame you. Since the Fed began hiking rates a little over a year ago, economists and investors have been intensely focused on each monthly data release, desperately looking for signs that the inflationary trends are reversing.

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  4. Remember & Honor D-Day!

    “Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well-trained,
    well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely… I have full
    confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.
    We will accept nothing less than full Victory!”

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  5. Is the Market Running out of Breadth?

    Almost half-way through 2023, the stock market is outperforming most analysts’ expectations as earnings rebounded nicely and equity indices are mostly positive. The most popular domestic equity benchmark, the S&P 500, is up 9.7% for the year as of May 31st, a solid bounce back from 2022’s 18.1% decline.

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  6. State of the Consumer

    In our Annual Outlook for 2023, we raised the possibility that the US economy could potentially avert recession in 2023, powered by full employment and robust consumer spending. Thus far, with roughly a month left in the 2nd quarter, the US economy has proven itself surprisingly resilient, with GDP growth of 1.3% in Q1 and unemployment at just 3.4% in April.

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  7. Now Time For Foreign Stocks

    If you are a long-term investor, you most likely have your portfolio allocated in a diversified manner, with equity exposure that extends beyond the US borders to include foreign Developed Market (DM) and possibly Emerging Market (EM) exposure.

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  8. Fed Pause, are Banks the Cause?

    While the Federal Reserve has not explicitly stated it, May’s interest rate hike may well have been the final increase in the current cycle. If so, we have just witnessed one of the steepest rate hike cycles in history, with ten consecutive rate increases bringing the Fed Funds rate from its starting range of 0.0%-0.25% in March 2022 to 5.0%-5.25% as of May 2023.

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  9. Resilient Earnings are a Positive Sign

    We are presumably at the end stages of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike cycle, which has seen the central bank increase rates at the quickest pace in its history. The rapid rate hikes are intended to cool economic growth, and investors have been nervously speculating about where the impact of the rate hikes would first appear.

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  10. Debt Ceiling Déjà vu

    Financial news tends to lean negative, attributable to a mix of good risk-management (as investors we need to try to understand “all” the scenarios and plan accordingly for many contingencies) and the simple fact that ominous-sounding headlines attract eyeballs, which in turn drives higher advertising revenues.

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