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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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Third Quarter 2016 Review

October 24, 2016

The S&P 500 finished up 3.31% for the quarter. All of the quarter’s positive performance was found in July, with the S&P 500 remarkably posting -0.12% in both August and September. After the initial move in early July, the S&P 500 experienced 43 consecutive days (mid-July through early September) without a 1% move in either direction, one of the least volatile periods over the past 20 years.

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The Retiree Predicament

August 23, 2016

According to U.S. government census data, there were 76 million people born in the United States between the years of 1946 and 1964. This generation is widely known as the baby boomers. Currently, approximately 10,000 baby boomers retire every day. This generation is entering retirement during one of the most challenging investment time periods in our country’s history.

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Second Quarter 2016 Review

July 21, 2016

Brexit was all the news in the second quarter of 2016. The British voted to leave the European Union, sending the world’s stock markets into a tailspin. The S&P 500 shook off the Brexit fears and quickly recovered most of the post-Brexit losses, finishing the quarter up 1.90%, as seen in the chart below.

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First Quarter 2016 Review

April 30, 2016

The S&P 500 squeaked out a scant 0.77% return for the first quarter of 2016. This performance data did not reflect the turmoil that most people endured over the first three months of the year, as the markets took investors on a complete roller coaster ride.

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Risk of Investing in Bonds

March 1, 2013

There has been an increase in noise in the media of a pending “bond bubble.” While I feel that there is risk in the bond market, I don’t feel that there is an immediate need to fear bonds. That said, there are risks of owning a high percentage of bonds in your portfolio.

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