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Welcome to the blog of Azalea Wealth Partners, where we feature selected in-depth insight on current issues in capital markets, the economy, and investing. Our vision is to be a premier investment partner for individuals and families in east Texas and beyond. Our mission is to provide confidence in your investments in any market environment through custom portfolio management. 

Friday, April 5, 2024

The stock market continues to reach new heights, driven by a stronger-than-expected economy and the largest technology stocks. In particular, Nvidia, a maker of graphics chips used in artificial intelligence applications, recently...

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Stock and bond markets have struggled during the first trading weeks of 2024 as investors questioned the probability of a "soft landing" and what it may mean for the timing and size of Fed rate cuts later this year. Market-based...

Thursday, December 28, 2023

The bond market has had a better year in 2023 despite ongoing swings in interest rates. The U.S. Aggregate bond index has rebounded 2.7% year-to-date after briefly hovering in the red a few months ago. This is because inflation...

Friday, December 15, 2023

The stock market has been supported by a healthier-than-expected economy this year, generating returns that have helped some portfolios to partially recover from last year's bear market. Investors now hope these growth trends will...

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

While it may not feel like it, investors have much to be thankful for this holiday season. Over the past year, investors have navigated both short-term challenges due to interest rate swings, the banking crisis, and political battles...

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Friday, November 24, 2023

While war escalates in the Middle East, political tensions remain high in Washington, DC. While the Speaker of the House situation has been resolved, there are more political hurdles on the horizon. This can complicate the market and...

Friday, October 13, 2023

On the morning of Saturday, October 7, Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, killing hundreds and plunging the region into further conflict. Israel immediately declared war on Hamas, responded with air strikes, and called up 300...

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

A key driver of global markets and inflation over the past two years has been the price of oil. As an important commodity that fuels the economy, investors watch the oil market closely. While oil has fallen considerably from its peak...

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Financial markets have pulled back in recent weeks due to factors such as rising interest rates and uncertainty in China. So far in August, the S&P 500 has declined 4.8% while the Nasdaq, which consists primarily of technology stocks,...

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Despite the economic uncertainty of the past year, individuals and households have been generally resilient. Consumer spending has remained steady in the face of high inflation, rising interest rates, housing market challenges, and...

Friday, July 28, 2023

Market and economic expectations have shifted 180 degrees since the start of the year, when many investors expected a recession and prolonged bear market. Ongoing economic growth, low unemployment, improving price pressures, and...

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Major stock market indices made significant gains in the first half of the year due to improving inflation, slowing Fed rate hikes, the absence of a recession, a more stable banking sector, and a strong rally in tech stocks. Interest...

Thursday, June 29, 2023

The past few years are proof that market sentiment can turn on a dime. This year's strong market rally, with the S&P 500 rising 13% and the Nasdaq gaining 29%, has been driven by technology stocks, improving inflation, and the absence...

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

At its June meeting, the Fed decided to hit pause on rate hikes after more than a year of rapid monetary policy tightening. Since last March, the Fed has raised rates 10 times from zero to 5%, making this the second-fastest rate hike...

Friday, June 16, 2023

The world has been abuzz over artificial intelligence and its potential benefits and threats. These range from practical benefits, such as better tools for knowledge workers and students, to philosophical considerations, such as...

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Planning for retirement has never been more important and yet so challenging. Given the difficult inflationary conditions of the past two years, the risk that worries most retirees continues to be outliving their savings. This is...

Friday, June 2, 2023

As the debt ceiling drama in Washington unfolds, uncertainty around the Fed grows, and inflation remains stubbornly high, the price of gold has experienced a surge over the past six months. Gold prices climbed above $2,000 per ounce in...

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Commercial Real Estate Has Struggled The Past YearThe repercussions of inflation, Fed rate hikes, the ongoing banking crisis, and the approaching debt ceiling deadline are being felt throughout the financial system. One area directly...

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

The federal debt limit is once again in the news as the country rapidly approaches a critical deadline on June 1. Investors are understandably nervous about Washington failing to reach an agreement, a possibility that both sides agree...