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<strong>Money with Murphy - Corporate Earnings</strong>

Money with Murphy - Corporate Earnings

Last week we got word that the U.S. economy had contracted for the second quarter in a row. With a weaker economy, the next question is, what will happen to earnings? In this week’s Money with Murphy, I talk about corporate earnings.

<strong>Markets in a Minute: Recession? Does it Matter?</strong>

Markets in a Minute: Recession? Does it Matter?

As economic growth cools and inflation heats up, we are hearing more about recessions. in this week's Markets in a Minute, we talk recession and what’s happening with the latest GDP report. 

<strong>Money with Murphy - Mid-Year Reflection</strong>

Money with Murphy - Mid-Year Reflection

Our 2022 theme of downshifting, or slowing of growth, is certainly coming to fruition as we close out the first half of the year. Watch the latest Money with Murphy for some insight into what we are watching and what to keep in mind when making investment decisions.

<strong>Markets in a Minute: What's Next for the Housing Market?</strong>

Markets in a Minute: What's Next for the Housing Market?

Lofty prices and higher mortgage rates are beginning to shake the foundation of the single-family housing market. Are we headed for a 2008-style correction? Read the latest Markets in a Minute for our take on what’s next. 

<strong>Markets in a Minute: The Upside of Down Markets</strong>

Markets in a Minute: The Upside of Down Markets

What’s there to like about a down market? Several things, actually. Read the latest Markets in a Minute to learn about opportunities to potentially enhance long-term returns, reduce portfolio risk, and lower your tax bill when markets take a turn for the worse. 

<strong>Money with Murphy - Bear Markets</strong>

Money with Murphy - Bear Markets

After a long stretch of torrid price appreciation, the U.S. market is at a crossroads. Where does it go from here? Watch the latest Money with Murphy for our take on that question. 

<strong>Money with Murphy - Cryptocurrency</strong>

Money with Murphy - Cryptocurrency

Trying to make sense of cryptos? Listen to the latest Money With Murphy for thoughts on volatility in the crypto world and why investors might want to take a “back to basics” approach to their portfolios.

<strong>Markets in a Minute: Market Volatility</strong>

Markets in a Minute: Market Volatility

Stock and bond markets have had a wild ride. What’s driving this recent volatility and what’s an investor to do? Read the latest Markets in a Minute for a back-to-basics playbook for volatile markets.

<strong>Money with Murphy - Stagflation</strong>

Money with Murphy - Stagflation

As economic growth cools and inflation heats up, we are hearing more comparisons with the 1970s and 80s. Let’s talk stagflation and why today’s economy and market are different in this week’s Money with Murphy.

<strong>Markets in a Minute</strong>: <strong>2022 First Quarter Review &#38; Outlook</strong>

Markets in a Minute: 2022 First Quarter Review & Outlook

A bruising first quarter for stocks and bonds begs the question: Are markets signaling a recession in 2022, or a downshifting from the torrid growth of 2021? We continue to be in the downshifting camp. Read the latest Markets in a Minute for a recap of first-quarter performance and our outlook for the balance of this year.

<strong>Markets in a Minute: </strong><strong>Investing Beyond Stocks and Bonds: Liquid Alternatives </strong>

Markets in a Minute: Investing Beyond Stocks and Bonds: Liquid Alternatives

Is it time to consider diversifying beyond stocks and bonds when building portfolios for the next decade? Read the latest Markets in a Minute to learn why liquid alternative funds might provide an important buffer for portfolios in the coming years.

Money with Murphy - Yield Curve

Money with Murphy - Yield Curve

The yield curve is a term frequently used in the financial press. In this week’s video, I talk about what it is and what it’s telling us.

<span>Markets in a Minute: Fixed Income</span>

Markets in a Minute: Fixed Income

Buffeted by twin headwinds — rising interest rates and high inflation — the fixed-income market is off to a rough start this year. In the current climate, many investors may be tempted to forgo fixed income entirely. Read about the reasons for continuing to invest in bonds in the latest Markets in a Minute.

<strong>Money with Murphy &#8211; Interest Rates</strong>

Money with Murphy – Interest Rates

After two years of rock-bottom rates, the Federal Reserve has commenced lift off. So, what does this mean for the economy, and, more importantly, for your portfolio?

<span>Markets in a Minute: Ukraine</span>

Markets in a Minute: Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has humanitarian and geopolitical consequences but what are the implications for the global economy and equities? My latest Markets in a Minute explores this question and more.

<span>Markets in a Minute: Inflation</span>

Markets in a Minute: Inflation

With inflation hotter than expected and spreading beyond pandemic-affected industries, the Fed appears poised to take more aggressive steps to rein in price increases. What does that mean for stocks? Read my latest Markets in a Minute for a look at how equities have performed during previous rate-hiking cycles.

<span>Markets in a Minute: Investing in an Inflationary Environment</span>

Markets in a Minute: Investing in an Inflationary Environment

History offers insight as to how market dynamics can shift during periods of high inflation. Read my latest Markets in a Minute for a look at which sectors shined during the Great Inflation and other lessons that may help investors navigate today’s inflationary environment.

<span>Money with Murphy &#8211; Market Volatility</span>

Money with Murphy – Market Volatility

Our 2022 theme of downshifting, or slowing of growth, is certainly coming to fruition less than a month into the new year. Watch the latest Money with Murphy for some insight into what we are watching and what to keep in mind when making investment decisions.

Money with Murphy - Downshifting

Money with Murphy - Downshifting

While we expect the US economy to continue growing, the theme of downshifting has clearly emerged. In this week’s video, I discuss a few factors that will potentially influence the slowdown of the economy.

Money with Murphy - Looking Back at 2021

Money with Murphy - Looking Back at 2021

Despite the challenges of the year, the S&P 500 proved yet again that bull markets climb a wall of worry. As I look back at 2021, I am also looking forward to what the new year brings. Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season and see you next year.

Markets in a Minute: Climate Change

Markets in a Minute: Climate Change

Climate action is front and center for both the Biden administration and many of the world’s largest companies. Read my latest Markets in a Minute for a look at the opportunities and obstacles in the race to a clean-energy future and the implications for investors.

<span>Money with Murphy &#8211; Omicron</span>

Money with Murphy – Omicron

Covid-19, the Delta variant, and now Omicron. Watch this short video for insight into why the markets reacted differently to each.

Markets in a Minute:&#160;<span>Quantitative Easing</span>

Markets in a Minute: Quantitative Easing

The Fed has entered one of the most-difficult phases of its pandemic response as it begins to dial back stimulus measures even before the full effects of its policies are felt and amid new risks. Read my latest Markets in a Minute for a look under the monetary-policy hood and the implications for the markets and the economy.

Money with Murphy - Housing

Money with Murphy - Housing

There is a big discrepancy between different measures of house prices. Watch this short video to learn more about the indices that track these measures and what’s going on in the housing market.

Markets in a Minute: Bonds

Markets in a Minute: Bonds

Despite low rates, rising inflation fears and tight credit spreads, bonds still play an important role in investors’ portfolios. Certain types of fixed-income instruments are actually designed to protect against inflation. Read about the reasons for continuing to invest in fixed income in the latest Markets in a Minute.

<span>Money with Murphy &#8211; Energy Price</span>

Money with Murphy – Energy Price

Crude oil, heating oil, natural gas, propane – are all at levels not seen since 2014. To learn more about what’s driving the increase in energy prices watch this short video.

Markets in a Minute: Supply Chains

Markets in a Minute: Supply Chains

The pandemic has been blamed for disrupting the global supply chain and stoking inflationary pressures. But other issues have contributed to our supply-chain woes. Read about the reasons for supply chain disruptions and where we go from here in the latest Markets in a Minute

<span>Money with Murphy &#8211; Octoberphobia: Seasonal Market Patterns</span>

Money with Murphy – Octoberphobia: Seasonal Market Patterns

What do Octoberphobia, bear killer, and Santa Claus all mean for your portfolio? Watch this short video to learn more about the seasonal patterns of the fourth quarter.

<strong>Markets in a Minute: Cryptocurrencies</strong>

Markets in a Minute: Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies have generated a lot of interest among investors, yet they're still something of an enigma. They're also a controversial asset class with a wide range of potential outcomes for investors. Read more in the latest Markets in a Minute on cryptocurrencies.

<span>Money with Murphy - Let's Talk Evergrande</span>

Money with Murphy - Let's Talk Evergrande

With over $300 billion in debt, the Evergrande Group is the second largest real estate developer in China.  After missing a bond payment and the fear of continued distress, how will this effect the global market?  Watch this short video to learn more.

<span>Markets in a Minute: Debt Ceiling - Week of Sept. 28</span>

Markets in a Minute: Debt Ceiling - Week of Sept. 28

The current showdown in Congress over raising the debt ceiling has high economic stakes. But it’s worth recalling that we’ve been down this road before, and the federal government has always managed to find a path forward, if not without some short-term fallout. 

<span>Money with Murphy - Let's Talk Housing</span>

Money with Murphy - Let's Talk Housing

Watch the latest Money with Murphy video for insight on what caused the increase in home prices and what we can expect.

Markets in a Minute - September 14, 2021

Markets in a Minute - September 14, 2021

With equity valuations near historic highs, where does the market go from here? While headwinds are likely to keep near-term returns muted, the massive liquidity still working its way through the economy and strong corporate profit margins should provide a tailwind for growth and earnings. Read more about the near-term outlook.