Last year was eventful both economically and otherwise, from bank failures in March to Fitch’s downgrade of U.S. government debt, a collapse in inflation, and the Federal Reserve signaling it might end rate hikes. In an ongoing commitment to keep you abreast on a range of issues that might affect you and your business, AAF […]
On the Desk Closing out 2023, we are reflecting on the continuous noise that permeates the markets. Our long-term approach helps us stay focused, though, as we look past week-to-week disruptions to bigger picture indicators. Interest rate increases, for example, have been on everyone’s mind. We’re less concerned with those trends at this point, as […]
The intricacies of market performance are deeply intertwined with various external factors, including inflation, interest rates, political shifts, geopolitical affairs, and natural disasters. This includes, sadly, the current humanitarian crisis in the Middle East. It is heart-breaking to see these events unfold in a region whose people have known such profound suffering for far too […]
On the Desk The Federal Reserve just concluded their most recent Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on 9/20. In the post-meeting presser Wednesday afternoon, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell indicated that the Fed is “close to done raising interest rates.” However, they’re not about to ease up on the Federal Funds Rate which presently stands at 5.25% […]
U.S. Long-term Foreign Currency Debt Rating Downgraded to AA+ by Fitch Ratings
AAF Wealth Management would like to make clients aware that Fitch Ratings announced a downgrade to its U.S. long-term foreign currency debt rating from AAA to AA+ over concerns with a growing U.S. budget deficit and an erosion of U.S. governance relative to comparably rated peers throughout the past two decades, which led to repeated […]
This has been an eventful year for U.S. and global economies. As we close the first half of 2023, U.S. consumers have largely witnessed a slowdown on inflation, while the rest of the world continues to wrestle with it. Domestically, though, we are beginning to see the cumulative effects of the past few years’ economic […]
Secure 2.0 is designed to strengthen the retirement system and Americans’ financial readiness for retirement. However, it’s impossible to ignore our account balances as they swing up and down. AAF Wealth Management helps guide clients through periods of volatility. In this session, recorded April 2023 at AAFCPAs’ Nonprofit Educational Seminar, we provide valuable perspective on […]
1st Quarter 2023: A Record-setting Start Reflecting on the start of 2023, it strikes us as interesting that we’ve just endured yet another volatile period that has seemingly become the norm for markets during the months of February and March. For the past five years, at least late winter through early spring, market turbulence has come […]
As we look back on 2022, there are things for which we can be grateful, but market performance is certainly not one of them. Investment Performance – 2022 Recap. Around the world, few markets provided positive performance in what turned out to be the worst year for US investors since the Great Financial Crisis of […]
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