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March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022 - Weekly Market Commentary

By Murray Financial Services
Investors have been sharply focused on the shorter-term implications of the war, which include slower economic growth and rising inflation as commodity prices
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March 11, 2022

2 Facts Most Folks Don't Know About Bear Markets

By Murray Financial Services
Did you know bear markets have been getting shorter over the last 50 years?1 That’s not oddball trivia. That fact could reset your thinking and perspective when the markets surprise you. And it’s not the only one that could keep you grounded and looking at the long term. Some of the basics about bear and […]
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March 7, 2022

March 7, 2022 - Weekly Market Commentary

By Murray Financial Services
As the war in Ukraine intensified last week, financial markets grappled with uncertainty.
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March 5, 2022

Pop quiz: how much do you know about bear & bull markets?

By Murray Financial Services
Pop quiz! For a bear market to begin, do stock prices have to fall by 10%, 15%, or 20% from a recent high? Do you know the answer off the top of your head? If you said 20%, you’re right!1 Drops of 10% to 19.9% are market corrections.1 On the other hand, a new bull […]
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March 1, 2022

Hank the Tank: A Precursor to What’s Coming?

By Murray Financial Services
No matter the short-term noise, stick to your financial plan and stay calm The average weight of a black bear in the western U.S. ranges from 100 to 300 pounds, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. But inCalifornia, a much larger black bear – think 500 pounds – is ransacking homes and […]
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February 28, 2022

February 28, 2022 - Weekly Market Commentary

By Murray Financial Services
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision ignited the biggest military conflict in Europe since World War II. The war is already exacting a terrible human toll.
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February 26, 2022

What finance lessons should you know at every stage in life?

By Murray Financial Services
What's the hardest lesson you've ever had to learn about money? What’s the most powerful one? For many folks, these lessons come from hard-earned experience.1 They aren’t taught in a classroom. Instead, many folks go to the school of hard knocks. It’s the learn-as-you-go way to understanding personal finance.1 And those lessons we pick up can shape […]
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February 25, 2022

When whales fight

By Murray Financial Services
As we consider the tensions driving recent market movements, a Korean folk saying seems apt: “When whales fight, the shrimp’s back is broken.” The idea is that bystanders get hurt when big folks duke it out. What are the tensions? Who are the bystanders? Let’s discuss. A deeply feared invasion of Ukraine has happened. A […]
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February 21, 2022

February 21, 2022 - Weekly Market Commentary

By Murray Financial Services
Volatility was high last week as investors guessed and second-guessed how markets would react if Russia invaded Ukraine and sanctions were imposed on Russia.
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February 18, 2022

How to Improve Your Haggling Game

By Murray Financial Services
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made negotiating? What did you lose? What did you learn? We’ve all lost a negotiation at one point or another. That’s because negotiating isn’t natural for most of us. It requires several complex skills — listening actively, asking good questions, and knowing when to walk away.1 Those skills can take […]
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February 14, 2022

February 14, 2022 - Weekly Market Commentary

By Murray Financial Services
To say that economists did not have great expectations for the January employment report might be understating their position. It was widely believed that the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant would translate into a dismal jobs report.1 It didn’t.
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February 12, 2022

Markets cratered this week... wild ride?

By Murray Financial Services
Markets cratered this week, heading into correction territory, and then bounced right back.1 And then continued bucking and kicking the next day. Weird, right? Not really. These things happen pretty regularly when investors get jittery. Let’s talk about what’s going on. (Scroll to the end if you just want my soothing takeaways.) What led to […]
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February 7, 2022

February 7, 2022 - Weekly Market Commentary

By Murray Financial Services
To say that economists did not have great expectations for the January employment report might be understating their position. It was widely believed that the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant would translate into a dismal jobs report.1 It didn’t.
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January 31, 2022

January 31, 2022 - Weekly Market Commentary

By Murray Financial Services
Last week, the January stock market decline was interrupted by a Friday afternoon rally.
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January 24, 2022

January 24, 2022 - Weekly Market Commentary

By Murray Financial Services
It’s widely recognized that people do not make perfect financial decisions. In fact, many investors rely on mental shortcuts when asked to make complex decisions.
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