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Benchmarking and Its Challenges

By Joe Ray

The current stock market environment is a difficult one for even the most experienced of investors. The Federal Reserve has begun to raise interest rates in a period of time when American companies are competing globally against a backdrop of significant trade unrest. These potential headwinds for stocks are mitigated in part by the large…

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Steady as She Goes!

By Michael Kane

July 2018 The second quarter of 2018 was less eventful than the first quarter.  As a reminder, U.S. stock markets began the year quite strong with the S&P 500 gaining 5.7% in January.  Then starting in late January through mid-February it suffered a sharp 10% correction. The S&P 500 recovered to end the 1st quarter…

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Transition

By Joe Ray

The fact that the stock market remained relatively flat in the first quarter masks the changes going on underneath the indices. Years of NASDAQ leadership represented in large part by the FAANG stocks (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google [now Alphabet]) eroded in the first quarter. Each of the companies faced increased questions and scrutiny…

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Volatility is back!

By Michael Kane

2017 was an exceptionally strong year for global stock markets. In the United States the S&P 500 was up 21.8%, many overseas markets fared even better. The momentum continued into January 2018 with the S&P 500 adding an additional 5.7% for the month. The S&P 500 peaked on January 26th and then things turned rather…

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