February 2018

Happy Home Hunting!

19424094_s.jpg by Jon Flaherty

Are you in the market for a new home?  If so, you may be wondering how much house you can afford.  The general rule is that you should spend no more than 28% of your gross income on your housing cost.  Although this doesn’t work for everyone, it is a good starting point in determining a comfortable amount. 

Monthly Markets Memo - February 2018

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA & Scott Rosenquist, CFA

The collective euphoria within the markets was shattered by a surge in volatility that led to several days of intense selling.  After peaking on January 26th, the S&P 500 index had dropped over 10% by market close on February 8th, the first technical correction for the market since the 1st quarter of 2016.  Both developed and emerging international equity markets could not escape the turmoil as they declined in lockstep with the U.S. markets.  

Market Minute - February 9, 2018

Market Minute Final Blog.pngby Scott Rosenquist, CFA

BLOOMBERG BARCLAYS US AGGREGATE BOND INDEX

The Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index is one of the more popular bond indices that covers the broad bond market similar to the S&P index as related to the stock market.  It is often referred to as the “AGG” for short.  Formerly known as the Lehman Aggregate Bond Index and then the Barclays US Aggregate Index, the index dates back to 1986.  The bond market has certainly changed since then but let us take a look at what makes up this popular index. 

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