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Assessing Recent Market Declines - Key Factors & Historical Context

 December 6 2018
On December 4, equity markets fell sharply as investor optimism faded over the recently struck 90-day tariff truce between the U.S. and China. The S&P 500 Index and Russell 2000 Index slumped -3.2 percent and -4.4 percent for the day, respectively. Tuesday’s activity marked a sharp reversal from just a day earlier, as equities had gained more than 1 percent on Monday over hopes that the ...

Month in Review - October 2018

 November 19 2018

Volatility and The Underlying Economy

 November 15 2018
“The stock market is unpredictable -- all of the time. While stocks can be wildly unpredictable over short periods of time, they are surprisingly predictable over long periods.” - Warren Buffett  Over the last nine months, investment markets have been volatile, but the underlying economy continues to run strong.  Gross Domestic Product in the United States (the valu...

The U.S. Posted Solid 3Q GDP Growth but Economic Slowdown and Market Volatility Likely in the Future

 November 1 2018
Strong consumer spending boosted U.S. economic growth in the third quarter, helping to offset a drop in business investment and exports. GDP grew at 3.5% in the third quarter. Growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is considered to be one of the most important measures of an economy’s current health. While this is positive, GDP is a lagging economic indicator, measuring what has already happ...

Month in Review - August 2018

 September 24 2018

Are We In a “Rolling" Bear Market?

 August 22 2018
Through 2018, we have seen a real disparity of asset classes, making portfolio returns through good asset allocation very challenging. US growth stocks have outperformed US Value stocks, year to date, by almost 10%, while the international markets (MSCI EAFE and MSCI EM) are negative for the year. What is causing this unusual variance in the markets? Economists are pointing fingers at a number of ...

Month in Review - July 2018

 August 20 2018
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Month in Review - June 2018

 July 12 2018
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Biased Investing

 July 12 2018
People returning to labor force in droves — a key step for the economy “The latest jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics paints a decidedly positive picture of the U.S. labor market.” -Evan Kraft, The Hill, July 8, 2018 A Bear Market Is Coming -- This Is How Investors Can Prepare Citi is predicting a "full-on bear market" within months based on historical ...

Month in Review - May 2018

 June 14 2018
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