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    We found the following post by Brian Wesbury, Chief Economist at First Trust, well written and worth sharing. As of today, the current economic expansion is the longest in US history. Ten years and a day. But just because it’s the longest doesn’t mean it’s the best. The expansions of the 1960s, 1980s, and 1990s, […]

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    The long, painful market decline in the last month of 2018 seemed to promise more of the same for the new year of 2019, but at the end of the first quarter, the results couldn’t have been more different.  The U.S. market, measured by a variety of indices, posted its biggest one-quarter gain since the […]

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    2018—Not as bad as it seemed… Not long ago I was walking through a city park.  High on a tree was a sign showing the high-water mark from the last great flood.  The analogy struck me… We as investors always remember the high-water mark of our portfolio’s value.  Never mind that we didn’t liquidate it […]

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    This was the year the long, seemingly endless bull market came to a crashing halt–and U.S. investors finally, for the first time since 2008, experienced the normal definition of a bear market (down 20% from the S&P 500’s all-time high on September 20).  The bottom fell out in the final month of the year, which […]

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    Why is my portfolio underperforming the US stock market? That is a common question we are hearing these days.  Understandably, you see in the media that the stock market is reaching new all-time highs, then you look at your portfolio and see either no gains, or a gain considerably lower than the one posted by […]

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    Hard to believe we’re half way through 2018 already!  It’s been a much bumpier ride than 2017, as the markets return to a more “normal” state of volatility.  Many of you have asked about the effect of the “trade war” with China and others, so we’ve included an article explaining how the markets, with strong […]

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    The U.S. equity markets suffered a small setback in the first quarter, but the second quarter brought us back into positive territory. International stocks are not faring quite so well. Both the developed international and emerging economies finished in negative territory for the quarter. What’s going on? There appear to be several forces fighting for […]

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    We hope you have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July celebration! Please note that our office will be closed Wednesday, July 4th in observance of the holiday. We will resume our regular business hours on Thursday, July 5th. We also want to make sure you are all aware of the upcoming road construction/closures scheduled […]

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    Even though some parts of the country are still getting hammered by winter weather, the promise of spring is in the air. It’s great to consider a fresh start as it warms up and the first glimpses of green appear. Nine years ago, the spring was marked by a market plunge and an economic crisis […]

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    It was a long time in coming, but volatility made a notable comeback in the first quarter of 2018 Is the bull market finally over?  For the first time in nine calendar quarters, the U.S. investment markets delivered a negative overall return.   With the combination of both stock and bond returns in negative territory […]

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