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Market Minute - March 9, 2020

Circuit Breaker.jpg by Dan Zalipski, CFA

Circuit Breaker Triggered

The market is negatively reacting to two developments over the weekend.  The first of which is the latest on the Coronavirus.  Italy took the drastic step to quarantine 16 million people, more than a quarter of its population, across the northern part of the country in a desperate bid to slow the spread of this disruptive virus.  The second development was related to the energy markets.  Saudi Arabia and Russia failed to come to an agreement to cut oil production in a bid to support prices.  In response, Saudi Arabia announced deep discounts to buyers of Saudi crude, along with an increase in production of at least 10 million barrels per day.  This one-two punch created such intense selling pressure at the open that the market’s ‘circuit breakers’ were tripped.

Give and Receive - Strategies to Optimize Charitable Giving

Scan Alert Image.jpg  By Jon Flaherty, CFP ®

What’s your favorite charity to support and do you wish you could give more?  Have you ever thought about how and what you’re gifting to your charity of choice?  For most folks, the standard is to write a check or give cash, but there could be more tax efficient ways to make your gift.  If we can help you optimize your gifting strategy, would you give the difference to charity too?   

Monthly Markets Memo - February 2020

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

The markets got off to a great start for 2020.  Investor’s cheered as the phase-one trade deal deescalated the trade war with China.  Fourth quarter earnings growth were expected to come in slightly negative (-1.7%) but have thus far come in slightly positive (0.7%).  There are still several companies that have yet to report their results, so these numbers can and will change.  As of now, however, the results are encouraging.  The January jobs report also surprised investors, easily exceeding the forecasts and highlighting the ongoing resilience of the U.S. economy.

Well Done Jon!

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Congratulations to Jon Flaherty for attaining his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.  Well done Jon!

Market Minute - February 11, 2020

World Stock Market Growth Compared with the U.S.

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Monthly Markets Memo - January 2020

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

The Chinese delegation signed the ‘phase-one’ trade deal on January 15th in Washington D.C.  The deal has China buying large amounts of U.S. agricultural goods.  China has also made assurances that it will begin to reform some of its longstanding and controversial practices surrounding forced technology transfers and intellectual property rights.  Should China honor their side of the agreement, the U.S. will begin to roll back some of the tariffs that have been imposed over the past 24 months.

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Market Minute - January 14, 2020

by Scott Rosenquist, CFA​

The minutes from the Federal Reserve’s meeting in December were released last week and there are implications for the year ahead.  In 2019 we saw the Fed cut rates three times in response to economic weakness and trade uncertainty, which gave both the bond and equity markets a boost.  Investors should not expect multiple interest rate cuts in 2020 as the comments from the Fed seem to have set the bar high to move interest rates in either direction.

Monthly Markets Memo - December 2019

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

We are days away from closing out the first decade in U.S. history without a recession.  From a market perspective, the past ten years have been truly remarkable.  The decade began with the U.S. emerging from the financial crisis in the midst of unprecedented market intervention and monetary policies. 

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