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Wealth Management

Fort Washington Private Client Group professionals share guidance and insights about essential wealth management topics, including an explanation of structured investments and why investors may be interested in them, the likely impact of tax reform, and ways to save for college. 
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Let the Good Times Roll

The debate among investors at the beginning of 2024 focused on how long the economy could sustain above trend growth and whether inflation would continue to decelerate. As we look ahead, most economists have lowered the likelihood of a recession this year considerably amid continued strong economic data, but risks to the bullish outlook remain.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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The Generative AI Productivity Boom is Coming—Just Don’t Try to Guess When

One of the most important issues for investors and policymakers alike is understanding the potential impact that generative artificial intelligence (Gen AI) models will have on the economy and labor market.
Markets, Wealth Management
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2024 Outlook: Has the Good News Been Priced Into Markets?

Financial markets often surprise investors, but the past year defied virtually all forecasts. The prevailing view at the start of the year was that aggressive tightening by the Fed would produce a recession. Instead, economic growth far surpassed expectations at 2.6% according to Fed estimates.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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The Fed Will Lower Interest Rates—But By Less Than What Bondholders Expect

The Fed has signaled it is close to pivoting monetary policy as officials become more confident that inflation is on the path toward its 2% target.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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How Long Will the U.S. Economy Stay Resilient?

Investors have come to accept that the Fed will keep rates “higher for longer.” Meanwhile, prospects for a soft landing have improved as core inflation has come down significantly this year. Still, investors must assess whether the U.S. economy can stay resilient now that interest rates are positive in real terms and economies abroad are weakening.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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2023 Midyear Update: A Clear Message from the Fed Amid Mixed Economic Signals

The first half of 2023 was full of surprises. Bond yields surged initially and then subsequently fell back in early April when several regional banks encountered problems. By midyear, however, yields had risen again as the economy proved resilient to Fed rate hikes. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index, which had fluctuated in a broad trading range since mid-2022, broke decidedly to the upside in the second quarter, reaching its highest level since April 2022.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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How to Navigate the Bull Run in Stocks

After fluctuating in a broad trading range since the middle of last year, the S&P 500 Index broke decisively to the upside in June, reaching its highest level since April 2022.
Markets, Wealth Management
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The ‘Hawkish’ Fed Pause is a Clear Message That Rates Will Stay Higher for Longer

A pause gives policymakers time to assess whether core inflation, which is running at about 5 percent, will also subside.
Economics, Wealth Management
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Cash Is King for Now

Many investors are uncertain about what to do with spare cash. Fortunately, for the first time in more than a decade, they can earn a reasonable return on their cash holdings now in money market funds.
Markets, Wealth Management
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Why Is the Stock Market So Calm?

One of the biggest anomalies so far this year is how calm the U.S. stock market has been while gyrations in bond yields have been unusually large.
Markets, Wealth Management
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The Dollar’s Demise is Being Greatly Exaggerated

A question often asked is, how long can the dollar retain its status as the world’s principal currency? There have been numerous occasions when commentators declared an end to the dollar’s dominance—only to be proven wrong.
Economics, Wealth Management
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Bank Runs Spell More Uncertainty for the Economy

The bond market experienced one of the most volatile quarters in history in the first quarter of 2023. There also remains uncertainty about how widespread issues are in the banking sector and how these could impact the economy as a whole. We believe that if a recession does transpire, it will be mild, as household and business balance sheets are strong.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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The Debate Over 60/40 Portfolios: The Fed’s Role in Distorting Capital Market Pricing

Are investors still striking the right balance with the popular 60/40 portfolio?
Economics, Markets, Wealth Management
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SECURE Act 2.0

On December 29, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, a spending bill authorizing $1.7 trillion in Federal spending, was signed into law. Included in that bill was the retirement bill SECURE Act 2.0.
Wealth Management
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The 2023 Outlook: Policymakers Are Constrained as Recession Risks Loom

2022 was one of the worst years for U.S. stocks and bonds, as inflation spiked to a four-decade high. Looking ahead, the key issue for investors is whether Fed tightening will spawn a U.S. recession. Fort Washington’s Senior Economic Advisor Nick Sargen shares a 2023 outlook for the economy and how we are positioning investment portfolios.   
Economics, Markets, Wealth Management
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Why a Housing Bust Will Not Generate a Severe Recession

Nearly two thirds of economists foresee a U.S. recession in 2023, according to a recent Wall Street Journal survey. Economists are skeptical that the Federal Reserve can keep raising interest rates to cool inflation without causing businesses to lay off workers.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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Donor-Advised Funds vs. Private Foundations for Charitable Giving

Charitable giving can help reduce your taxable income and by understanding donor-advised funds vs. private foundations, you can determine which may work for you.
Wealth Management

What Is Investment Risk Tolerance & Why Does It Matter?

For individual investors, it's important to understand the risks involved with investing, and how risk tolerance can influence your overall financial strategy.
Wealth Management
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Are Equity Markets Overvalued? A Look Back at Bull Markets Throughout History

Equity markets have bounced back from the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2020. Market recovery continues to date due to action from the Federal Reserve and Congress. Now, the focus moves to valuation and, in particular, if equity markets are overvalued.
Wealth Management
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The Calculus of Saving for College

Higher education will likely come with a high (and increasingly higher) price tag, so it makes sense to plan well in advance.
Wealth Management