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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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What is the gift tax?

June 1, 2017

It’s June, spring is in the air. The frost is thawing, and the flowers are blooming. Love is all around us with the wedding season blossoming. Seniors in High School and College are so close to graduation they can almost taste it! But, what does all of this mean for you?

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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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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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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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