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Axiom | Vol 333

Does The Sharply Inverted Yield Curve Mean Recession? | Happy Thanksgiving From All Of Us At Annex Wealth ManagementWeek In ReviewDoes The Sharply Inverted Yield Curve Mean Recession?Historically, an inverted yield curve tends to foretell a coming recession. But...

Axiom | Vol 332

Featured: The Annex Wealth Management 2022 Year-End Tax Guide 1. Inflation Softer Than Expected, Keeping An Eye On US Dollar 2. Does Your Tax Strategy Need Consideration? 3. Capital Gain/Loss Planning: Capital Gains Distributions; Tax Loss Harvesting 4. Converting...

Axiom | Vol 331

1 | Week In Review Will Interest Rates Continue To Rise?As the Fed increased rates by the expected 75 basis points, what’s in store for interest rates moving forward? 2 | Poll Does Your Tax Strategy Need Consideration? A recent survey of tax professionals on tax...

Axiom | Vol 330

1 | Week In Review Markets Close Up Again Despite Rising PCEWhy do analysts still see a recession while GDP was up? Annex Wealth Management’s Dave Spano and Derek Felske discuss.2 | Poll Do You Feel Prepared? SourceBACK TO TOP ↑ 3...

Axiom | Vol 329

1 | Week In Review Markets Enjoy Rebound Week As Euro Economy SuffersAll major indices were up this week, despite the 10 year Treasury going up by over 20 basis points. One reason is likely the gloom experienced in Europe, which faces a strong dollar and a looming...

Axiom | Vol 328

1 | Week In Review Inflation Stays Hot. Look For Another Rate Increase.Early earnings reports have been pretty good, but CPI, PPI, and retail sales did not report positively. What can we expect from the Fed? Annex Wealth Management’s Dave Spano and Derek Felske...

Axiom | Vol 327

1 | Week In Review Employment Hasn't Joined The Recession - Yet.While Friday’s job numbers indicated a healthy employment situation, closer scrutiny may show some signs that the employment market may be changing. Are we experiencing a shallow recession, or the shallow...

Axiom | Vol 326

1 | Week In Review It Looks Like A Recession In 2023.For the first time, the S&P 500 and the Barclay’s Aggregate Bond Index were down for three successive quarters. The Fed is still focused on halting inflation, which likely means more rate hikes. Is fixed income...

Axiom | Vol 325

1 | Week In Review Fed Projections Aren't A Soft LandingWhile the markets anticipated another 75 basis point hike in the Fed Funds rate, some analysts were surprised to hear the Fed revise its projections for a rougher 2023. Can both GDP and unemployment rise in 2023?...

Axiom | Vol 324

1 | Week In Review FEDEX's Huge Earnings Miss May Be A Sign Many analysts consider FEDEX an economic bellwether, so when the company reported a massive earnings miss, the markets noticed. Is FEDEX demonstrating a future problem - or are earnings already off? Annex...

Axiom | Vol 323

1 | Week In Review Markets End Down Streak - Now, Analysts WaitUS Markets ended a multiple-week stretch of down weeks, retracing some of losses experienced earlier this year. Analysts now will wait for Tuesday’s CPI numbers: have we seen peak inflation? Annex Wealth...

Axiom | Vol 321

1 | Week In Review Powell Seeks Lower Inflation, Even If It Causes RecessionFed Chairman Powell’s comments at Jackson Hole sent the markets lower, as he reasserted that the Fed will seek to lower inflation, even if a recession occurs. Annex Wealth Management’s Dave...

Axiom | Vol 320

1 | Week In Review Markets Slow As Energy Creeps HigherMixed earnings, accompanied by creeping energy and mortgage rate increases, reflect an economy that appears uncertain. Will the Fed’s meeting in Jackson Hole next week provide clarity? Annex Wealth Management’s...

Axiom | Vol 319

Featured Register for the Summer Patio Party! Click here to learn more → 1 | Week In Review Inflation May Have Peaked. CPI and PPI numbers show that inflation is still hot year over year, but may have reached its peak. Markets seem to think so – both small caps and...

Axiom | Vol 318

1 | Week In Review Jobs Report Casts Doubt On Recession Declarations Friday’s jobs report showed the labor market returning to pre-pandemic levels. That surprising headline, in addition to a July full of rebounds, seems to show an economy not in recession. With...

Axiom | Vol 317

1 | Week In Review GDP Down, Employment Low: Is This A Recession? As many expected, GDP was negative for a second consecutive quarter. But with strong employment figures and slightly upbeat earnings, are we truly in a recession? Annex Wealth Management’s Dave Spano...

Axiom | Vol 316

FeaturedAn Interview Exclusive: Dave Spano, CFP® + Gale KlappaGale Klappa (Executive Chairman & Office of the Chair - WEC Energy Group, Director - Associated Banc-Corp and Badger Meter Inc.) sits down with Annex Wealth Management’s President & CEO, Dave Spano...

Axiom | Vol 315

1 | Week In ReviewWill Earnings Season Reflect Impact Of Monster CPI & PPI?The markets closed higher on Friday, but the week was roiled by historically high CPI and PPI reports. Still, some sectors revealed upbeat earnings reports. Will earnings guidance reflect a...

Axiom | Vol 314

1 | Week In ReviewEmployment Figures Seem To Defy SentimentFriday’s jobs numbers seemed to show an economy not in recession. Consumer sentiment remains at record lows. How will the markets react to these very different signals? Annex Wealth Management's Derek Felske...

Axiom | Vol 312

1 | Week In ReviewIs Bullard Right? Recession Not A CertaintyMarkets were up this past week, and we may not have seen full capitulation. Was Bullard right when he said recession fears are overblown? Annex Wealth Management's Dave Spano and Derek Felske discuss.2...

Axiom | Vol 311

1 | Week In ReviewMarkets Down - Is A Bottom In Sight?The Fed continues to try to play catch up as the markets tumble, but some sectors have been deeply in bear territory for a while. Is a bottom in sight? Annex Wealth Management's Dave Spano & Derek Felske...

Axiom | Vol 310

WATCH PAST WEBINARWatch Past Webinar | Understand Your WRS Pension PotentialDo you have questions about the State of Wisconsin Pension program and what it means to your retirement plan? If you participate in the State of Wisconsin Pension program, you may have...

Axiom | Vol 309

1 | Week In ReviewConsumer Confidence, Atlanta Fed GDP Report, Microsoft News, & Friday’s Jobs NumberAnnex Wealth Management's Todd Voit discusses the better-than-expected Consumer Confidence and ISM Manufacturing reports, as well as the Atlanta Fed's GDP report,...

Axiom | Vol 307

1 | Week In ReviewMarkets Rally To Avoid Bear Territory - Is A Recession Imminent, Or Not?After the S&P prepared to announce the end of a bull market and the beginning of a bear, indexes rebounded to positive gains for the day. What does terrible sentiment and...

Axiom | Vol 306

1 | Week In ReviewFed Wrestles With Credibility As Inflation Digs InAs some markets approached bear territory, the Fed forecasted more rate hikes. Some analysts believe they're playing "catch-up" after too-generous policies. Annex Wealth Management's Dave Spano and...

Axiom | Vol 305

1 | Week In ReviewMarkets Try To Decide If The Fed Can Be TrustedWhile many factors - from political to global to financial - play a part in creating our current financial circumstance, the financial markets seem to be questioning whether the Fed is the source or the...

Axiom | Vol 304

1 | Week In ReviewGDP Goes Negative As Inflation Takes Its TollCorporate earnings rose - and the nominal GDP increased. But when calculated including inflation, GDP was down in Q1, and recent FAANG earnings led the markets downwards. Annex Wealth Management's Dave...

Axiom | Vol 303

FeaturedAnnex Wealth Management Sponsors 50th Annual Lombardi Golf ClassicThe VLCF Golf Classic raises money for organizations that will help prevent cancer, provide the best care to those fighting it and find a cure in the true Lombardi spirit of excellence. If...

Axiom | Vol 301

1 | Week In ReviewHow Long Will Inflation Stay This Hot?Will we ever see inflation return to the low numbers we saw just a few years ago? How long can it run this hot? Annex Wealth Management's Mark Beck and Derek Felske discuss.2 | PollMoney Questions To Ask Your...

Axiom | Vol 300

1 | Week In ReviewWill Inflation Continue At This Pace Through 2022?The Fed's dual mandate is full employment and fending off inflation. Friday's job report indicates what some consider to be full employment - how will the Fed react to inflation rates - and will they...

Axiom | Vol 299

1 | Week In ReviewMarkets Rally Despite Continued Russian TensionThe S&P is up 100% from March 2020 lows, and despite continued Russian/Ukranian tension, the markets rallied this week. What is attracting investors, and what could cause a downturn? Annex Wealth...

Axiom | Vol 298

Annex Wealth Management's Podcast Series:Moving In Retirement: Episode 4 You’re Moving. Now What?The past three episodes, we’ve discussed what to consider before moving – now Annex Wealth Management’s Tom Parks and Deanne Phillips discuss what to consider after you’ve...

Axiom | Vol 297

1 | Week In ReviewCPI Jumps Higher – Will Investors Stay In The Markets?CPI jumped higher this week, and analysts expect PPI to make another big increase. What does this level of inflation mean for the markets, and are investors seeing a buying opportunity or a reason...

Axiom | Vol 296

1 | Week In ReviewSour Sentiment May Be Ignoring The FundamentalsA decent jobs report and sound fundamentals didn't buoy investor sentiment as the fear and greed index dove. What's next for the global economy? Annex Wealth Management's Dave Spano and Derek Felske...

Axiom | Vol 295

1 | Week In ReviewWhy Did Markets & Bonds Close The Week Up As War Continues?Both the markets and the 10 Year Treasury closed the week up - despite the graphic images of war in Ukraine. Why is the economy reacting in this fashion, and is a recession imminent?...

Axiom | Vol 294

1 | Week In ReviewHow Will The Fed React To Inflation?With geopolitical unrest threatening and inflation at 40-year highs, the markets and many analysts wait to see how the Fed will react. The Fed acknowledges it hasn't moved as responsively as it might have; but will...

Axiom | Vol 293

Annex Wealth Management's Limited Video Series:Moving In Retirement: Episode 3 What Should You Research?In this episode of “Moving In Retirement,” Annex Wealth Management’s Tom Parks and Deanne Phillips discuss residency vs. domicile, the necessity of undomiciling,...

Axiom | Vol 292

Annex Wealth Management's Podcast Series:Moving In Retirement: Episode 2 What Do You Want?What you want out of retirement might be more of an impulse or a reaction than a plan. It’s time to ask yourself – and those who will be spending retirement with you – questions...

Axiom | Vol 291

Introducing Annex Wealth Management's Podcast Series:Moving In Retirement: Episode 1 Who Will You Be?Practically everyone considering moving in retirement jumps to detailed areas like domicile and taxes. Who you will be in retirement is a critical consideration so you...

Axiom | Vol 290

1 | Week In ReviewIs The Economy Flagging - Or Is This A Huge Rotation?With the NASDAQ down in correction territory, many experts are debating what's driving volatility - a flagging economy, high interest rates, or some other force. Some believe the markets are simply...

Axiom | Vol 289

1 | Week In ReviewHow Long Will Inflation Stay at 40-Year Highs?CPI and PPI hit numbers we haven't seen in 40 years. How long will inflation stick around - and has GDP been affected? Annex Wealth Management's Dave Spano and Derek Felske discuss.2 | Poll RecapDo You...

Axiom | Vol 288

1 | Week In ReviewJobs Report May Not Have Been So DismalThe recent jobs report grabbed headlines by missing estimates, but some experts noted that unemployment is at a near-50 year low. The economy is slowing, but still expanding - how will the Fed react. Annex...

Axiom | Vol 287

In this special Axiom, we revisit some of your favorite insights from 2021. Happy New Year!In 2021, nearly all of the most-clicked Week In Reviews featured this hot topic: inflation. Although labeled ‘transitory’ for months, inflation is still hot. What’s the future...

Axiom | Vol 285

Axiom | Vol 285Small Caps Rise As Fed Announces An Accelerated Taper Meet The Axiom®'s Guest Editor: Ryan Van Blarcom, MBAMy name is Ryan Van Blarcom, and I’m an Associate Wealth Manager for our Annex Ignite...

Axiom | Vol 284

Axiom | Vol 284Inflation Up Again - But The Markets Saw It Coming Featured: Annex Wealth Management’s President & CEO Dave Spano, CFP® Again Named To Milwaukee-Area Power BrokersAnnex Wealth Management’s...

Axiom | Vol 283

Axiom | Vol 283Economy Still Humming As The Fed Begins To Address Inflation Meet The Axiom®'s Guest Editor: Steve DryerI’m Steve Dryer, Annex Wealth Management’s Managing Director of Operations. I believe I have...

Axiom | Vol 281

Axiom | Vol 281NASDAQ Hits Record High – But Inflation Likely Will Be Sticky Meet The Axiom®'s Guest Editor: Amy Kiiskila, JD, CFP®, CPA, CLU®Hi! I’m Amy Kiiskila, a Wealth Manager here at Annex. Over the past 25...

Axiom | Vol 280

Axiom | Vol 280A Good Earnings Season, Inflation And Consumer Sentiment, And Moves By The Fed Meet The Axiom®'s Guest Editor: Jeff Stanich, CFP®I am Jeff Stanich, CFP®, Wealth Manager for Annex Wealth Management...