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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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by Dr. Charles Lieberman Chief Investment Officer Analysts describe investors as “Twitchy,” Skittish,” and “Anxious.”  It is impossible to read a financial publication without being informed that inverted yield curves signal recession.  The decline in yields on Treasuries is commonly taken as the market anticipating or preparing for a recession.  The trade war is taken as...
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by Jeff Deiss CFP, AEP, Wealth Advisor “Olympic athletes are at the peak of their careers, but even they need rest days to stay healthy.  The markets and the economy are no different.  Sometimes they need to reset from record-setting performance, too.“ Following the recent stock market volatility in May, we wrote about emotional investing and...
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by David Lieberman Managing Partner, Portfolio Manager Last year one of the players on my 9-year-old son’s baseball team was hit by a pitch in the neck and was removed from the game. While initially scary, after some icing and time on the bench he was physically fine. Mentally, however, the event had a more enduring...
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