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by Paul Broughton It’s mid-October which means fall football, playoff baseball, and beautiful fall scenery.  This fall, however, financial markets still seem to be experiencing above average amounts of uncertainty due to ongoing trade disputes and concerns over slowing economic growth.  And, quietly and somewhat reluctantly, the Federal Reserve Bank has increased its monetary accommodation and...
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by Jeff Deiss CFP, AEP, Wealth Advisor It’s that time of year when Medicare beneficiaries receive a barrage of television ads and mail regarding the fall annual election period (AEP).   Many aren’t sure whether the election period applies to them or if they need to take any action.  AEP runs from October 15 to December 7 each...
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by Jeff Deiss CFP, AEP, Wealth Advisor There have been several “head fakes” over the past few years where the consensus indicated an economic recession was imminent and yet here we are. We waste precious time and energy worrying about seemingly serious issues (quantitative easing (“QE”) after the financial crisis was going to be massively inflationary,...
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by Joseph Pecoraro Watching a child graduate from college is a joyous moment for all parents.  However, that joy can turn into stress and concern rather quickly.  We have successfully helped many clients navigate the expense of college tuition, books, room, board and other miscellaneous expenses that are not accurately represented on the “all-in bill” the...
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by Dr. Charles Lieberman Chief Investment Officer Overnight repo rates (repurchase agreements) soared on September 13 to around 10%, which triggered an outpouring of concern that the financial system might suffer a meltdown similar to 2008. Now, almost two weeks later, the concern focuses on the Fed’s almost daily injections of funds into the overnight market,...
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by Dr. JoAnne Feeney Portfolio Manager Investors may be pleased to realize that the S&P 500 has risen 19% year to date, even as they lament that the market has slowed down considerably this quarter, having risen just 0.9% thus far. Moreover, the ride has been a bumpy one, as the chart below illustrates, and reflects...
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by Jeff Deiss CFP, AEP, Wealth Advisor A colleague of mine made a statement years ago that I never forget.  He said, “I don’t know why investors are so focused on beating the S&P 500.  You can’t retire on the S&P!” I’ve thought about his statement ever since.  In fact, it’s difficult for me to avoid. ...
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by Randall Coleman, CFA Portfolio Manager, CFA Hi. My name is Randall and I am an addict: I ride my bicycle long distances. I’m not one to brag, but most people that I know agree that riding a bike 200 miles in a single day qualifies as a “long-distance endurance event.” I completed my 64th...
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by Kevin Kern Managing Partner In the Spring of 2018, the S&P 500® was trading at a forward P/E of 17.3X. The stock market was a little rich in valuation but arguably warranted as earnings were still trending upward and employment surging. At that time we took a look at our private account valuations in...
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by Richard Yuran Insurance Specialist,  Advisors Capital Planning, LLC Interest rates have a direct and indirect impact on life insurance companies, their product offerings, and existing (“inforce”) policies. Most life insurance products with declared dividend or interest rates are illustrated at the interest rate in effect at the time the illustration is prepared. When these rates...
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