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Federal Reserve: Taking away the Punch Bowl to Sober Up Inflationary Pressure

Rhea Thomas |
Wilmington Wire
Dollar currency growth concept with upward arrows on charts and coins background.

March 18, 2022—William McChesney Martin Jr., former Federal Reserve (Fed) chair from 1951–1970, is credited with the now-famous “punchbowl” analogy, referring to the Fed as “the chaperone who has ordered the punch bowl removed just when the party was really warming up.”1   Today, the Fed finds itself in the position of taking away the punchbowl again, but in the midst of a party that has been raging, rather than just warming up.

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Russia–Ukraine: When the Facts Change

and Meghan Shue |
Wilmington Wire
Terrain crack - Ukraine/Russia

March 4, 2022— The horrors unfolding in Ukraine are deeply upsetting on every level. As investors, it is our job to separate emotions from facts that alter our 9–12-month view of the economy and financial markets. The situation in Ukraine has deteriorated at a rapid pace in the past two weeks, challenging some of our earlier assumptions and raising the risk of a more substantial impairment to economic growth in Europe.

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