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Time AND the Market

Have you ever thought about a time where you’ve made a decision and everything felt right about it, but the timing just ruined it. The importance of timing is probably no more evident than in baseball.

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"Fitch"en Nightmares

If you were to make a list of the least exciting conversation starters, the health of the banking industry would be a top contender alongside the state of the weather and the world's greatest polka band. All the world wanted was a Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk cage match. Alas, we live in a world where Fitch Ratings dominate our headlines and create market turmoil.

Fitch Ratings (unrelated to Abercrombie, but just as unpopular) evaluates the creditworthiness and financial stability of various entities, including banks. Fitch looks at a bank's financial health, how it manages risks, and its position in the banking industry to determine a rating that indicates how safe or risky it might be for investors and stakeholders. Put another way, Fitch is Gordon Ramsay.

The expletive-laden Brit regularly casts fair, and often funny, judgement of different restaurants and cuisines throughout the world. Many look to Ramsay's recommendations, the same way investors look to Fitch. They're kind of a big deal.

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Turn Down for What

Raise your hand if you remember Y2K. If you don’t, let me give you a little back story.

Y2K, short for "Year 2000," refers to a computer bug that was expected to potentially cause widespread problems when the new millennium began on January 1, 2000. The concern arose because many computer systems and software at the time represented years using only the last two digits (e.g., '99' for 1999, '00' for 2000) to save memory and storage space. As a result, there was a fear that when the year rolled over from '99 to '00, computers might interpret it as the year 1900 instead of 2000. The fear over collapsing computer systems led to widespread concerns ranging from a financial collapse, air traffic disruptions, food shortages, to utility and infrastructure failures. Do you know what happened on January 1, 2000? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

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Banking on the Banks

For the last 12-18 months, the Federal Reserve (or Fed) has been in the spotlight. The focus on the Fed has only increased over the last few weeks as the situation unfolds with Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, among others. Financial markets have been at the edge of their seats waiting to see how high interest rates would go. Economists were ready to dig into the Fed’s Summary of Economic Projections. But if you’ve ever wondered what the Federal Reserve (or Fed) is designed to do, what it was meant to do, and why we care about it, then this is for you.

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