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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.
The stock market started the week in a hole as oil prices flirted with $130 per barrel. Oil prices eventually cooled off, but the hole was too deep for the market to climb out of given the state of the economy.
The world is a chaotic place right now. There's always a degree of chaos of course, but there seems to be an abundance of it currently - war, sky-high inflation, crime, market turbulence...and the list goes on.
While the humanitarian impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine is the top concern, investors also continue to face a challenging market environment as the conflict intensifies.
It’s been a difficult week, with many of us watching the terrible events in Ukraine unfold. You’ve likely heard about the possible second-order effects, like a skittish stock market, potential energy supply constriction, and the threat of continuing supply chain disruptions.

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