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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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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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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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2015 Market Review & 2016 Outlook

January 4, 2016

2015 proved to be a very challenging year in the market. The S&P 500 dropped 0.7% in 2015. This broke some major historic trends.This was the first time that a year ending in “5” declined since 1885 (this is not a typo). It is also only the second time since 1939 that the S&P 500 experienced a loss during a pre-election year.

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