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by Randall Coleman Even as China has locked down Wuhan, the city of 11 million where Novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV) originated, cases continue to multiply and spread. Infections have already been reported in 14 other countries as health officials strive to contain the outbreak. These statistics are virtually certain to be outdated by the time this...
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by Jeff Deiss As the Coronavirus outbreak and additional cases occur around the globe, the markets are reflecting this growing worry. Thus far, the markets have responded in a fashion consistent with past epidemics. Equity market corrections of 5% to 10% are common, occurring on average about once or twice per year.  History has shown that...
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by Paul Broughton Recent economic data, the spread of the coronavirus, falling interest rates, and a flattening yield curve may be giving investors pause. The S&P 500 dropped 1.5% last Thursday and Friday to lock in a 1% decline for the month. Recent adverse news has been concerning and worth watching, but it can also be...
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by Joseph Pecoraro Investors and the media look to the S&P 500 index to benchmark portfolio stock performance.  Many investors believe that by purchasing the index they have a diversified equity portfolio.  This couldn’t be further from the truth. The S&P 500 index is a top-heavy index that is weighted towards large cap, or mega cap...
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by Dr. Charles Lieberman The stock market doesn’t need a reason to go down.  Nonetheless, we remain positive on its prospects for 2020, given that we see little risk of recession, a deal with China on trade, moderate GDP growth, a resumption in growth in corporate profits, still moderate inflation and a Fed likely to keep...
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by Dr. JoAnne Feeney Portfolio Manager The broader U.S. economy appears to be growing solidly, yet many pundits wonder for just how long stocks can continue to rise. Valuations in most sectors are markedly above 5- and 10-year averages. Still, the big picture reveals that employers are creating more jobs (even with labor in short supply),...
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by Jeff Deiss CFP, AEP, Wealth Advisor With all the news reviews of the past year and decade coming across your desk or screen this week, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for continued trust and support. The past decade and the past year have seen ACM continue to grow and we would...
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by David Ruff CFA, Global Portfolio Manager To keep from dampening cheer this holiday season I won’t discuss politics, the economy, or even the markets – although equity markets have been in a giving mood lately. Rather, in this, the giving season, I want to highlight ADRs or American Depositary Receipts, and the role they play...
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by Kevin Kern Managing Partner Back in May, we noted that the House had passed a bill that if approved in the Senate would set sweeping changes to many retirees and beneficiaries of IRAs. Well, it looks like Washington was able to agree on something this year as the Secure Act was passed by Congress in...
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by Dr. JoAnne Feeney Portfolio Manager Tax-loss harvesting, holiday shopping trends, and 2020 market outlooks take center stage for investors this time of the year. Don’t neglect the first, keep track of the second, and ignore the third. This year, the tax-loss harvesting is a bit more challenging, given the S&P 500’s 25% rise year-to-date....
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