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Bloodied But Unbowed

Our Senior Investment Strategist Dave Nolan provides a look back at 2Q2022 and the actions taken by McKinley Quarter. In the latter part of his investment report, Dave offers an outlook for the remainder of 2022.

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The Eye of the Storm?

Read Senior Investment Strategist Dave Nolan's first quarter review and market outlook for 2022.

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A Stock Market Hat Trick - Is There More Ahead?

Hockey's hat trick tradition is perhaps the most unique tradition in all of professional sports. For those of you that may not follow the National Hockey League as closely as other sports, a hat trick is when one player scores three goals in one game. To honor the player's performance, the hockey fans in the stands will then throw their hats onto the ice.

The stock market’s version of hockey’s hat trick is the double-digit performance of the S&P 500 over the past three years: 2021 = 28.70% | 2020 = 18.40% | 2019 = 31.49%. Read more of our analysis of 4Q2021 and a look ahead to 2022.

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Post-COVID, Markets Prepare for Transition

The S&P 500 hit new all-time highs again in the third quarter as investors looked past a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and instead focused on the positive combination of a resilient economic recovery, ongoing historic support from the Federal Reserve, and strong corporate earnings. Market volatility did pick up notably during the final few weeks of September however, reminding investors that the transition to a post-pandemic “new normal” isn’t always going to be smooth. We dig deeper into performance and outline the actions we took in McKinley Carter portfolios, plus provide our best-thinking on what's ahead.

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A Goldilocks Economy Sends Stocks to New Highs — Will the Bears Have the Last Laugh?

Looking back, the S&P 500 had a strong second quarter thanks to numerous positive developments that led to a “Goldilocks” economic environment. We dig deeper into performance and outline the actions we took in McKinley Carter portfolios, plus provide an outlook for the remainder of 2021.

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel: Stimulus and Vaccine Optimism Power Markets Higher

The first quarter of 2021 was marked by several macro- and micro-economic surprises that resulted in increased market volatility compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, but additional economic stimulus combined with accelerating COVID-19 vaccine distribution and a decline in coronavirus cases helped stocks start the new year with solid gains. Take a look back with us at the first quarter of 2021. Review what actions we took on client portfolios as market dynamics changed. And learn what we expect for this year in our 2021 economic outlook.

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Sustainable Investing: What It Could Mean for Your Portfolio

This is the first in a two-part series of blogs around Sustainable Investing. Here, we review the origins of Sustainable Investing and define what ESG means from a portfolio perspective.

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The Economy and the Markets in The Age of COVID – A Contest Between the Federal Reserve and Margo Channing

2020 continues to be one of the most unpredictable years in memory, as markets rose to new all-time highs in the third quarter despite a resurgence in coronavirus cases, as stocks rallied thanks to a combination of an even more accommodative Fed policy, hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine, and a stronger-than-expected economic rebound, before markets declined moderately from those highs in mid-September.

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Risky Business – These Are Not Your Father’s Bonds

Your bonds are facing challenges not seen in our lifetimes – historically low interest rates have benefitted current bondholders as their prices have risen sharply in value; but the low current rates leave bonds exposed to losses, assuming rates rise in the future. Wondering if you should sell your bonds? Here are some strategies to consider.

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