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Last week was shortened in observance of Good Friday, but it was a "Bad Week" for the growth stocks amid upwards pressure in interest rates.
The first quarter of 2022 was rough, and your upcoming quarterly statements are not going to be any fun to look at. You'll be seeing red (okay technically we don't use the color red, but negative numbers). 
After a historically calm 2021, volatility returned in the first quarter of 2022, as inflation surged to 40-year highs, the Federal Reserve promised to raise interest rates faster than previously thought, and Russia surprised the world with a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine, marking the first major military conflict in Europe in decades.
Investors faced historic challenges during the first quarter of the year as markets fell into correction territory.
The S&P 500 eked out a 0.1% gain this week, on the heels of closing out the first negative quarter in two years (-4.6%).
Markets have shown greater signs of stability since the Fed's rate hike announcement two weeks ago. Not only was it widely expected, but many investors believe the Fed should tighten even further.
It's been a rough year for many technology-related stocks. Think Meta (Facebook), Netflix, PayPal, Block (Square), etc.
Interest rates have swung wildly in recent weeks due to the Fed, the conflict in Ukraine, and the spike in oil prices. The 10-year Treasury yield recently exceeded 2%.
The S&P 500 rallied 6.2% this week on the back of a four-day winning streak, as the market preferred to look at things from a positive perspective.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has made the Fed’s interest rate decision a little more complicated.

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