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MARKET MONTH: APRIL 2016

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The Markets (as of market close April 29, 2016) Despite a poor close to the month, the indexes listed here improved in April (with the exception of the Nasdaq) compared to their March closing values–but not by much. The Dow gained a scant 88.55 points over the month, while the S&P 500 increased less than […]

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QUARTERLY MARKET REVIEW: JANUARY-MARCH 2016

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The Markets (as of market close March 31, 2016) The first quarter of 2016 started with a whimper as equities suffered several weeks of losses. However, as March came to a close, several of the indexes listed here recovered enough to finish the quarter in positive territory. The Dow picked up 260 points to close […]

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MARKET WEEK: MARCH 21, 2016

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The Markets (as of market close March 18, 2016) After a fifth consecutive week of gains, both the S&P 500 and the Dow have finally surpassed their 2015 year-end closing values. The Dow gained 389 points to close up 2.26%, while the S&P 500 increased 1.35% over the prior week. In fact, each of the […]

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MARKET MONTH: FEBRUARY 2016

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The Markets (as of market close February 29, 2016) Following steep declines in January and a rocky start to February, equities rebounded by the end of the month to finish close to their ending values from the prior month. The Dow actually finished up, gaining a little over 50 points by February’s market close. Each […]

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Handling Market Volatility

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Handling Market Volatility

Conventional wisdom says that what goes up must come down. But even if you view market volatility as a normal occurrence, it can be tough to handle when your money is at stake. Though there’s no foolproof way to handle the ups and downs of the stock market, the following common-sense tips can help.  

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MARKET MONTH: NOVEMBER 2015

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The Markets (as of market close November 30, 2015) November saw equities markets follow October’s gains, although not nearly at the same pace. Amid favorable jobs reports, moderate GDP growth, and increased consumer income, coupled with an apparent easing of economic concerns in China, conditions appeared ripe for a strong November in equities trading. However, […]

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MARKET MONTH: OCTOBER 2015

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The Markets (as of market close October 30, 2015) October proved to be a month filled with highs and lows in the equities markets. But in the end, all of the indexes listed here posted gains over their closing values in September. The Dow gained almost 8.5%–its largest monthly percentage gain in four years. The […]

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MARKET MONTH: AUGUST 2015

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The Markets (as of market close August 31, 2015) Despite favorable economic news later in the month, the U.S. stock market was unable to recover all of its losses and closed in negative territory compared to July. Key factors in the downturn include fear that China’s economy is weakening, the steep drop in the price […]

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Market Month: July 2015

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The Markets (as of market close July 31, 2015) Despite a generally sluggish economy, some mundane corporate earnings reports, the Greek debt crisis, and China’s stock market upheaval, the stock markets posted moderate gains, for the most part. The biggest gainer for the month was the Nasdaq, up 141 points to 5128, followed by the […]

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MARKET MONTH: MAY 2015

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The Markets The Federal Reserve’s pronouncement that negative economic returns in the first quarter were transitory may be proving accurate as a few economic indicators are gaining momentum early in Q2. May began with weak economic news from the first quarter, which may have driven positive market gains with investors presuming that a weak economy […]

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