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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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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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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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2016 Market Review & 2017 Outlook

January 16, 2017

Wow what a year! As we have written during the course of the year, 2016 will be remembered as a “year of firsts.” Here are a few highlights of what happened during the course of the year that has never happened before: The first ten trading days marked the worst start to any calendar year in the S&P 500’s history, dropping over 8% to begin the year.

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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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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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