Dear Friends,

I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits.

In the rapidly changing financial landscape, staying on top of the most current economic trends, and understanding their implications is essential for me to do my best work as your financial advisor. Over the past month, I’ve attended several conferences across the country to hear from some of the best economic minds.

As I may have mentioned to you in the past, challenging economic times are nothing new to me. I’ve navigated periods like these many times during my career, so the difficulties we are experiencing in the global economy does not shock me, or surprise me, and they certainly do not have me paralyzed in fear.

It’s just part of the process of long-term investing.

With this in mind, I’d like to provide a brief update on the current global economic landscape.

The Federal Reserve’s Balancing Act

After an unprecedented era marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world economy is beginning to chart its course towards recovery. However, we’re not in calm waters just yet.

In the United States, the Federal Reserve’s balancing act between economic recovery and inflationary pressures is worth noting. Since March 2022 they’ve increased interest rates 10 times in an attempt to keep a check on rising inflation. But it’s a delicate balancing act because if the Federal Reserve tightens too much, they could (as they’ve done in the past) throw us into a must deeper recession. We are watching them closely and have been making adjustments to our portfolios accordingly.

The Global Economy is Feeling It, Too

Over in Europe, political concerns such as the ongoing issues related to Brexit continue to shape the economic climate. On a brighter note, economic growth in countries like Germany and France offers a glimmer of hope.

Emerging economies, specifically in Africa and South America, showcase resilience. However, they still face challenges, including high inflation rates, government debt, and structural reforms.

Geopolitical Tensions Play a Role

International tensions have played a significant role in shaping the current economic landscape as well. Geopolitical developments, such as those between the United States and China, have resulted in trade wars that have rippled across the world economy. The increase in tariffs and restrictive trade policies have led to changes in the global supply chains, introducing volatility in the markets and causing some sectors to struggle more than others.

Meanwhile, tensions in the Middle East, particularly between Iran and Saudi Arabia, continue to impact the global oil market. The fluctuating oil prices add another layer of complexity to the economic recovery, especially for oil-dependent economies.

In Asia, North Korea’s continued nuclear pursuits and associated sanctions have contributed to regional instability, affecting neighboring economies like South Korea and Japan. The ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir region also adds to the geopolitical volatility, influencing the South Asian economic scenario.

In conclusion, while we are navigating through uncertain economic times, we are not without direction. It’s all about adaptation, readiness for transformation, and cautious optimism for future growth. My partnership with other asset managers like Fidelity and Vanguard provides me with additional resources and economic insight as we continue to make investment decisions to help build your future.

As always, my staff and I are committed to supporting you through these shifting economic tides. Should you have any questions or if you’d like to discuss this in more detail, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can contact me by telephone, email, or by filling out the form below.

Wishing you a successful week ahead!


Richard Sturm
Financial Advisor