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Wow, What a Year!

January 18, 2018

2017 is now in the history books, and it will be remembered for many things, including: record low volatility, strong earnings, increased global tension, the meteoric surge in Bitcoin’s price, and a strong stock market. The chart below shows the S&P 500’s 19.42% price move during 2017.

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Why Are You Sitting In Cash?

December 18, 2017

Far too many investors are sitting with far too much cash in their portfolio. What’s worse, they have been sitting in cash for years, waiting for a correction that may not happen for some time. When asked why, they reply, “The market has gone up so much recently that it HAS to correct.”

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Third Quarter 2017 Update

October 23, 2017

The S&P 500 continued its winning streak, with the index appreciating in value by 3.96% for the quarter (see chart below). This market barometer was up all three months of the quarter, with August being the most stubborn month of the quarter.

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Debt Ceiling Crisis Averted (for now)

September 18, 2017

The media has latched onto the debt ceiling as one of its top news stories in the late summer, pushing it to the forefront of their coverage. I was asked about the debt ceiling in my last CNBC interview on August 24th. In my interview, I stated that there was a very low chance that the government wouldn’t raise the debt ceiling, citing that the government had raised it 74 times since 1962.

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The Fear and Reality of Geopolitical Risk

August 16, 2017

Every so often, geopolitical turmoil rears its ugly head and spooks the markets. The most recent geopolitical situation creeping back into the markets is the rhetoric between North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Trump. Fear that rhetoric may escalate into a full blown war has the markets on edge, as some individual investors are allowing their emotions to influence selling into the unknown.

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Second Quarter 2017 Update

July 24, 2017

The S&P 500 continued its upward trend in the second quarter, finishing the quarter up 2.57% (see the chart below). Low volatility has been the theme of the quarter, with only one 1% down day (May 17th) and only one 1% up day (April 24th).

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