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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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Republicans Have Historic Night

November 9, 2016

Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, Donald Trump’s win came as a shock to the world. The U.S. market’s initial reaction was a free fall drop. The S&P 500 futures were down over 6% overnight. Foreign markets that were open fell.

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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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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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