November 2022

Summary Stocks and bonds were broadly positive in November as inflation slowed, with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) coming in at +7.7% year-over-year and below market expectations (+8%). Treasury yields declined and stocks rallied, as investors took the positive inflation surprise as a signal that the Federal Reserve would likely begin scaling back their tightening…

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The Other Shoe to Drop

In the early 1900s, New York City tenement buildings were poorly constructed with thin walls and ceilings and bedrooms stacked on top of one another. As the resident on the floor above you would prepare for bed by taking off his shoes, you would hear one shoe drop to the floor. What would come next?…

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October 2022

Summary With macroeconomic news continuing to dominate the headlines in October, investors became comfortable with rotating back into riskier assets, pushing domestic stock indexes higher. In anticipation of another Fed rate hike in November, Treasury yields rose. Inflation (high), unemployment (low), and growth (positive) data provided a cushion for policy makers wary of causing a…

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September 2022

Summary Markets concluded a volatile third quarter with another negative month. The steady drumbeat of stubborn inflation, rising interest rates, and underwhelming earnings led to selloffs across risk assets. Many major indexes were plumbing new lows for the year by the close of September. Rhetoric was not encouraging, with the Federal Reserve remaining steadfastly committed…

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Flipped Out over Fiduciary Liability Insurance?

In 2020, more than 200 class action lawsuits were filed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). It was the high water mark for actions targeting the alleged mismanagement of 401(k) and 403(b) defined contribution retirement plans. A total of 125 such actions were filed in 2021, and subject experts expect another 75 to…

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August 2022

Summary On the heels of a July that was as hot as the temperatures outside, markets entered August seeking to maintain positive momentum. But after a choppy start, equities faded and interest rates shifted upward, leading to losses for most major stock and bond indexes. While inflation fell, aided by a steep drop in energy…

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Highland Open Benefits ALS

Highland Consulting Associates, Inc. sponsored the inaugural Highland Open golf outing on Tuesday June 23, 2022 at Avon Oaks Country Club in Avon, Ohio. This inaugural charity event was held in honor of our colleague, Marc Williams, with all net proceeds benefiting the ALS Association. The shotgun event began at noon, followed by an open…

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July 2022

Summary July brought a sizeable rebound for both stocks and bonds as mixed news and cloudy economic outlooks gave way to optimism, with equity markets and interest rates rallying to the end of the month. The month began with more tough inflation news as the June CPI exceeded 9%, and while corporate earnings for the…

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June 2022

Summary Investors entered June with optimism, the previous month had provided hope that inflationmay be easing, perhaps giving the Fed some breathing room to slow the pace of thetightening cycle, and markets had produced positive returns in May. Perhaps the worst wasover? Instead, it was more bad news, as inflation came in higher than expected,…

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