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Week of 10/6/2019 through 10/12/2019

Week of 10/6/2019 through 10/12/2019

OVERVIEW U.S. stocks rose moderately last week, as the S&P 500 index gained 0.62 percent. The Materials sector led the S&P 500, gaining 1.9 percent. Utilities, however, lost 1.4 percent for the week, lagging all the other sectors. In a reversal from the prior...

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Chart of the Week:  It’s Just a Flesh Wound

Chart of the Week: It’s Just a Flesh Wound

We've seen more and more data suggesting that the US economy is slowing.  Along with the data has come more and more calls that the US will soon enter a recession. The above chart looks at the impact of this on the stock market (as represented by the S&P 500 stock...

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Weekly Market Thoughts – 9/29/2019 through 10/5/2019

Weekly Market Thoughts – 9/29/2019 through 10/5/2019

OVERVIEW After a volatile week of trading, the S&P 500 index ended lower by 0.33 percent. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite, however, gained 0.54 percent for the week, mirroring the 0.52 percent gain in growth stocks. On the international front, developed country...

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Weekly Market Thoughts – 9/22/2019 through 9/28/2019

Weekly Market Thoughts – 9/22/2019 through 9/28/2019

OVERVIEW The U.S. stock market edged lower last week by roughly one percent. Only three of the eleven S&P 500 sectors had positive returns. Growth and small-cap stocks dragged the averages down by dropping more than one and a half percent. International stocks...

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Weekly Market Thoughts – 9/15/2019 through 9/21/2019

OVERVIEW After three consecutive weeks of gains, the U.S. stock market ended the week lower by about half a percent. The majority of the losses came from small-cap and value stocks. Volatility has come down quite a bit compared to last month, where 50 percent of the...

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Chart of the Week: Up, Up and Away

Chart of the Week: Up, Up and Away

This week saw turmoil in an area of the financial markets that doesn't get that much attention.  On Tuesday, an overnight lending interest rate jumped to around 7% (it actually reached nearly 10% during the trading day) from its prior level of about 2.5%.  These...

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A Brief History of Investing – Part II

A Brief History of Investing – Part II

  The First Public Markets Emerge As the authors Norton Reamer and Jesse Downing point out in their work on the history of investment, public markets for securities didn’t exist before the 1600s. In was in Amsterdam, the financial center of the world at the time,...

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A Brief History of Investing – Part I

A Brief History of Investing – Part I

“History is not everything, but it is a starting point.” - John Henrik Clarke What is investing? Why do we do it? These are the type of questions that many adults ask themselves when they begin to make their own money and think about the future. In the not-so-distant...

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You Might Not Get There

You Might Not Get There

I would argue that the most important thing we as financial advisors do for our clients is help them identify their problems.  On the surface this may seem silly.  People obviously know what they want, right? Surprisingly, this isn't always the case.  People generally...

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