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  1. March 13, 2017

    Based on Friday’s very strong jobs report, the economy looks poised to launch into a higher level of growth.  The Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs during the month of February, which is consistent with the strong jobs report from… More >>

  2. March 6, 2017

    When it comes to portfolio construction, allocations toward Emerging Markets (EMs) make up a meaningful part of most portfolios; this helps to diversify and drive total portfolio returns. It’s important for investors to gain a better understanding of the rationale and… More >>

  3. February 27, 2017

    Ninety-three consecutive days have passed without the S&P 500 experiencing more than a 1% decline during a trading session.i  In fact, general market volatility, as measured by the VIX, is at historically low levels unseen since 2006, and prior to that, 1995.ii  … More >>

  4. February 21, 2017

    Normally, I wouldn’t choose to write about politics, considering our clients span a wide range of viewpoints. However, that’s also what makes our business so engaging and rewarding. But, as we shift the narrative from a monetarily controlled world (interest rates and… More >>

  5. February 13, 2017

      Frequently, I have written about the end of one narrative and the start of another being a driving catalyst for the markets:  Monetary Policy giving way to Fiscal Policy.  Let’s compare that changing narrative against what appears to be a resurgence in the popular… More >>

  6. February 6, 2017

    Last Friday's strong jobs report, as well as several solid earnings announcements, led to the best trading day of 2017.  Given the action in the markets since the election this past November, one must question, “How overvalued can this market get before we see a… More >>

  7. January 30, 2017

    There are certainly multiple ways to look at the impacts of a potential trade war between the U.S. and Mexico.  Depending on what political affiliation you fall under, your humanitarian beliefs, whether you’re a CEO or an employee of a multinational corporation, or the… More >>

  8. January 23, 2017

    "Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." – A visionary quote by Mark Twain. With the election of a new President and the media's prediction for the demise of world order, I think it's important to keep your eyes on the facts that… More >>

  9. January 17, 2017

    Albert Einstein once said, “I never think of the future; it comes soon enough.” Despite what many think, the business of forecasting future market returns is quite precarious.  For starters, forecasts are almost always wrong, especially the ones that seem to be the most… More >>

  10. January 9, 2017

      This long holiday season was a particularly hopeful time for many investors.  The S&P 500 finished December up 1.82%, and now through the first week of trading in 2017, it’s gained another 1.72% (Total +3.54% since Dec. 1)i.  It seems that the good times have… More >>

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