Every Monday, for the last year or more, I've been providing my Instagram followers and Family Finance Moms group members with a detailed, weekly market update. It covers market performance, key economic indicators, both leading and lagging, as well as financial news highlights from the week before and what to anticipate in the week ahead.

Going forward, I will now publish all the same market update content here on the blog. This is for ease of readability and more permanent accessibility given your feedback. You can also find more in-depth Economic Recovery Tracking post from 2020 with lengthier historical context here, as well as a State of the Economic Recovery as of Fall 2021 here.

S2-20: Market Free Fall, April Inflation & Deep Dive on Why is Childcare So Expensive

05/17/2022

Thank you for sharing! 0 shares Share Tweet Pin LinkedIn Reddit Email Print Mix Last week, we saw the 6th consecutive week of down markets, with both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ hitting new lows, as investors continue to digest the latest Fed rate hike and last week’s April inflation numbers. Catch it all on this week’s podcast, along with a deep dive on the childcare dilemma featuring three Early Childcare Center directors to talk about the challenges facing their industry, why is childcare so expensive, and the impact it has on the economy more broadly.Weekly Market UpdateLast week, the…

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S2-19: Bear Market, Q1 GDP Miss & A Deep Dive on Cryptocurrency and NFTs

05/04/2022

Last week, we saw the 4th consecutive week of down markets, with April performance coming in as the worst month since March 2020 for the S&P 500, and the worst month for the NASDAQ since 2008. The week also included an expected decline in real GDP for Q1 2022, adding credibility to investors’ recession concerns. What’s behind it all and could a market bottom be near? Catch it all on this week’s podcast, along with a deep dive on the latest financial craze, cryptocurrency, and NFTs, with Dr. Merav Ozair, a FinTech professor at Rutgers Business School and leading global…

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S2-18: Market Correcting, Housing Update & A Deep Dive on US Agriculture and Rising Food Prices

04/28/2022

On this week’s episode of Finance Explained, the market had its third consecutive down week this month and is now in correction mode and headed for bear market territory. I’ve got the latest on the housing market through March, as the spring selling season starts to pick up. And this week’s deep dive features a panel of 3 US agriculture experts to talk about what’s going on with farming, input prices, drought in the Western US, and the outlook for food prices in the US this year. Market Correction Last week, the market finished down for the third consecutive week…

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Market Update 4-4-2022

04/06/2022

Last week, we saw the end of March, the end of the first quarter and the start of a new month. The market eked out a gain for the week, finished up for March, but had its worst quarterly performance since Q1 2020 at the start of the pandemic. In other economic news for the week, we also got an update from the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation, the PCE Price Index, as well as an update on the March labor market. Catch it all on this week’s podcast, along with a deep dive with Mainvest CEO, Nick Mathews, an…

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Market Update 3-28-2022

03/29/2022

Last week, the market rallied for the second week in a row, finishing the week up +1.8%, up +3.9% for March thus far, but still down -4.7% for the year. The big story of the week, however, was a major move in interest rates. Learn just how much interest rates are increasing, what’s driving it, and more in this week’s market update! Catch it all on this week’s podcast, along with a deep dive with Nicholle Overkamp, MBA, ChFC, CDFA, a Financial Planner and Retirement Planning Specialist, who will walk through the distinctions between planners, advisors and what to expect…

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Market Update 2-7-2022

02/09/2022

It was a calmer week for the markets as a whole (though Facebook shareholders may not agree) AND for economic data, but Q4 earnings season is still in full swing… and drove more than its fair share of excitement in the stock market. Get more details on earnings season, the labor market releases last week, and this week’s market update below or listen to this week’s episode of Finance Explained. Last Week in the Market It seems the stock market may have found its bottom, for now… The market finished the week up +1.55%, in the black for the second…

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Market Update 1-31-2022

02/03/2022

It was a BUSY week full of economic data updates, Q4 earnings releases, and even an FOMC statement and press conference. And while the market finally finished a week in 2022 in the black, it was a volatile 5 days. Get more details below for this week’s market update or listen to this week’s episode of Finance Explained. Last Week in the Market While the market may have finally finished a week up for the first time since the start of 2022, it was a bumpy ride to get there. The market finished the week up +0.8%, but had far…

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Market Update 1-24-2022

01/24/2022

The rough start to 2022 continued for the stock market last week. What’s driving it? Rising interest rates and commodity prices, the start of Q4 earnings season, and weakening jobless claims data. We also got the start of December housing data last week too. Get more details below for this week’s market update or listen on this week’s episode of Finance Explained. Last Week in the Market The rough start to 2022 for the stock market definitely got worse last week. Last week the stock market finished the week down -5.7%, its worst one week performance since the early days…

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Market Update 1-17-2022

01/23/2022

The stock market has had a rough start in 2022. And this week’s economic releases added to the downward pressure: December inflation is up again, weekly jobless claims are rising, and December retail sales were down too, as interest rates have begun their rise. Get more details below for this week’s market update or listen on this week’s episode of Finance Explained. Last Week in the Market It’s been a rough start to the market for 2022. Last week the stock market finished the week down -0.3%, plauged by rising energy prices, 40-year high reported inflation for December, rising interest…

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