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The Fed Giveth and the Fed Taketh

Financial markets got off to a rocky start in 2022 as inflationary pressures, tightening monetary policy, a Covid resurgence in China, and the outbreak of war in Ukraine led to a selloff in both stock and bond markets. The S&P 500 experienced its first negative quarter since the onset of the pandemic two years ago. Growth stocks were hit especially hard, with the Nasdaq 100 Index declining nearly 20% before recovering to finish the quarter at a 9% deficit. Even bonds were no haven, with the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index falling 6%--its worst quarterly return in almost 40 years (...)

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