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Charting the Course: 2023 Market and Economic Insights with a Forward Look to 2024

Back in April of 2023, I had the opportunity to speak to a local group of Orlando business owners and retirees with John Kennedy. We were initially asked in January to talk a bit about our company and some timely topics, and by the time April rolled around, the financial markets were in disarray giving us much to discuss. Signature Bank and Silicon Valley Bank were failing, Credit Suisse looked suspect, and First Republic Bank was teetering on the edge of insolvency as well. A few short months later, all four institutions had failed or were neatly tucked into other banks before they could fail. A crisis was averted as this did not spread to the economy as a whole and while we did explain what happened to these banks, we also spent an equal amount of time explaining why these events were not to be feared. Rather, these events can often present different buying opportunities for long term investors, and 2023 ultimately proved us right.