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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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    Many of you have called with questions regarding when you will receive your 1099’s for 2017. In an effort to keep you informed with the latest information, please see the below notices we received from SEI and TD Ameritrade. Be aware, custodians may send up to five correction cycles of 1099’s (see schedule below). This is an […]

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    For the first time in two years, the S&P 500 fell officially into correction territory on Thursday, down more than 10% from its record reached on January 26th, 2018….here’s what usually happens next…it depends! Is this a Bull market correction and the trend is still up?  Or is this the start of a Bear market […]

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    We hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season! Now that we are settling into a new year, we encourage you to avoid getting caught up in the media hype that tends to inundate us, especially as the so-called “pundits” try to predict what 2018 will bring.  We hope these articles will help you […]

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    The bull market continued for another year, causing market indices to soar to new heights over and over again.  Just about everything gained in 2017.  Looking at large cap U.S. stocks, the widely-quoted S&P 500 index gained nearly 20% in calendar 2017. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index finished up 28%.  International stocks also participating in […]

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