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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 – 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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The Retiree Predicament

August 23, 2016

According to U.S. government census data, there were 76 million people born in the United States between the years of 1946 and 1964. This generation is widely known as the baby boomers. Currently, approximately 10,000 baby boomers retire every day. This generation is entering retirement during one of the most challenging investment time periods in our country’s history.

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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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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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