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by Dr. JoAnne Feeney Portfolio Manager Nearly half of the S&P 500 companies have now reported results for last quarter and the vast majority of them are beating expectations. This is not as good as it sounds. Expectations were low to begin with and those “beats” continue to point to another quarter of lower earnings, relative...
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by Kevin Kelly Portfolio Manager While fixed-income investors have enjoyed relatively strong returns in the first half of 2019 after a tough 4Q18, most are likely trying now to handle lower interest rates and very tight credit spreads. As a reminder, the credit spread is the incremental yield an investor demands on a corporate bond versus...
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by Dr. Charles Lieberman Chief Investment Officer Fed Chairman Jerome Powell signaled quite clearly that the FOMC will lower its policy rate at its July meeting. But should it? Powell justified reducing rates by pointing to inflation being below the Fed’s 2% target, while the trade war with China and weaker growth overseas increase uncertainty over...
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by Jeff Deiss CFP, AEP, Wealth Advisor With the equity market indices (Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 index) hitting all-time highs recently, most investors are feeling good financially. We’ve been writing recently about the behavioral aspects of investing and how our emotions play a role. Why? As a reality check and a reminder that things...
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By: Paul Broughton Original Content by ACM Wealth July 1st marked the point of the longest economic expansion in U.S. history which started on June 1, 2009.  And this past week saw all three major equity indices reach all-time highs.  In the first half of 2019, the S&P climbed 18.5%, having had its best first half...
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By Jeff Deiss, CFP, AEP, Wealth Advisor Original Content by ACM Wealth There are plenty of articles on what your child should bring with him/her to college, how to decide on a major, and even how to deal with a new roommate, but nobody ever talks about what happens when things go wrong. Before your...
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By David Lieberman, Managing Partner, Portfolio Manager I was recently coaching my son’s travel baseball team for a typical game during our busy summer season and one of the kids on our team was batting while I was manning first base. The first pitch arrived, a close pitch but probably just a bit too far...
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Growing up as a Midwest farm kid in the 1970s, I frequently listened to the group Kansas. One of my favorite songs was “The Point of Know Return.”  The seemingly grammatically incorrect title was intentional.  The lyrics signaled the crossing of an imaginary line beyond the known, familiar, and safe to the new, unexplored, and...
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By Jeff Deiss, CFP, AEP, Wealth Advisor Original Content by ACM Wealth Financial elder fraud today is a sophisticated endeavor and it can happen to anyone.  I’ve received three bogus email alerts myself this week claiming to be from my bank.  I also regularly hear the conversations my wife or her brothers are having with...
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By Randall Coleman, Portfolio Manager, CFA Original Content by ACM Wealth It’s not hidden, it’s not a secret, and everyone is part of it. Hidden in plain view are the demographic trends that drive the long-term evolution of populations and by, extension, societies. Frequently, short-term market gyrations capture investor interest at the expense of inexorable trends...
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