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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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Britain to Leave the European Union

June 24, 2016

The British have voted to leave the European Union (EU). This has come as a bit of a surprise because prior to the vote most polls were showing that the British would elect to stay in the EU, albeit by a narrow margin. Obviously the polls were wrong and the world’s reaction has been undoubtably negative. The British pound has dropped 8.28% and the Euro has dropped 2.29% against the U.S. dollar over night.

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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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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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Market Correction!

August 25, 2015

It’s official. The S&P 500 has finally dropped more than 10%, or what is officially deemed to be a market correction. According to JP Morgan, the markets had gone 1,418 trading days without having a 10% correction...

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