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Market Commentary

Quoted from Schwab Market Perspective: Is the Price Right?. A summary of the key points of the article appears below.

How rapidly and for how long will prices rise? That’s still the million-dollar question. Although inflation pressures are clearly present—the Consumer Price Index surged 6.2% year-over-year in October, the biggest jump in 30 years—investors have been uncertain how strong or prolonged these pressures will be. Stock prices have continued to rise, while corporate profit margins reached multi-year highs in the third quarter. Despite the Federal Reserve signaling the beginning of the end of its easy monetary policies, 10-year Treasury bond yields unexpectedly fell.

Meanwhile, regulators approved the launch of the first Bitcoin futures exchange-traded funds (ETFs), a step toward even broader adoption of cryptocurrencies, as the price of Bitcoin surged to a new record high.

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U.S. stocks and economy: Is the price right?  
Global stocks and economy: Inflation barks, doesn’t bite  
Fixed Income: Bond rally defies expectations  
Another step forward for cryptocurrencies  

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