Tag: Investing

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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2016 – A Year of Firsts

September 29, 2016

As I’ve written many of this year’s educational emails, I have found myself constantly using the word “unprecedented.” My joke when talking with clients is that I’ve had to use the thesaurus with unusual frequency this year trying to find new words to describe the unprecedented markets that we have experienced thus far in 2016.

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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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There is No Reason to Panic

January 14, 2016

Understandably we have been receiving several e-mails and calls expressing concern about “the markets.” As I write this note on the evening of January 13th, the S&P 500 has dropped 7.45% for the year and is down 10.40% from the highs experienced back on November 3rd.

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