Be glad 2023 is upon us. The stock market closed 2022 with its worst loss since the global financial crisis of 2008. â€‹
Here’s our final; weekly investment update for 2022.
2022 will be recorded in financial history as the year inflation soared unlike anything experienced since the early 1980s. Consumer buying power shrunk and declined sharply as income levels failed to keep up with price hikes. The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates to halt economic growth and carried out one of the most aggressive monetary tightening campaigns in U.S. history. â€‹
Supply-chain problems related to the pandemic, along with higher energy prices caused by Russia’s war on Ukraine, sparked the inflation crisis of 2022.
The S&P 500 stock index closed the tumultuous year with a whimper on Friday, at 3,839.50, losing -0.25% from Thursday, and -0.14% from a week ago. The index is up +71.6% from the March 23, 2020, bear market low that followed the pandemic and nearly -20% lower than its January 3, 2022, all-time high. â€‹
Stocks are just one asset in a diversified portfolio, but they are a key growth asset in building wealth for investors. Along with investing wisely, building wealth requires tax and financial planning. â€‹
Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2023! â€‹
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