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MARKET WEEK: FEBRUARY 9, 2015

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The Markets Hit the reset button: A rebound in the price of oil and some promising economic data helped equities recoup their losses of the week before, returning them to roughly even for the year. As oil rose above $50 a barrel once again and investors regained confidence in equities, the yield of the benchmark […]

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MARKET MONTH: JANUARY 2015

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The Markets (Un)Happy New Year: Fresh uncertainties in Europe, slowing economic growth, anticipation of a looming Federal Reserve rate hike, and a stronger dollar all contributed to a volatile month for equities. The losses weren’t good news for believers in the January Effect (the idea that equities’ behavior in January suggests what might happen during […]

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MARKET WEEK: FEBRUARY 2, 2015

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The Markets The strength of the U.S. dollar contributed to weak Q4 earnings reports from some major blue-chip companies that earn a substantial portion of their revenues overseas. That in turn contributed to more losses for equities across the board, with the Dow and S&P 500 suffering the most. As a result, investors continued to […]

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January 3, 2015 – Finances in the New Year

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Happy 2015! The new year is a great opportunity to review your finances: inventory all assets and liabilities and review your cash flows, investments, and estate plans. Chris invites his listeners to call┬áthe office and schedule a complimentary consultation. Chris also discusses market news, reflecting on 2014 and making some predictions for 2015. Mike Burton […]

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MARKET WEEK: DECEMBER 29, 2014

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The Markets Grinches were few and far between on Wall Street last week as the Dow industrials topped 18,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 also set yet another new record. Even the small caps of the Russell 2000 participated in the merriment, turning in the best performance of the week. The price […]

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MARKET WEEK: DECEMBER 15, 2014

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The Markets Concerns about the global economic impact of the ongoing turmoil in oil helped prompt a sharp drop in equities. The decline in oil prices, which accelerated last week, has left crude down more than 45% from its mid-June high. After seven straight weeks of gains in the S&P 500, equities investors took some […]

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MARKET WEEK: DECEMBER 8, 2014

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The Markets An unexpectedly strong jobs report on top of generally positive U.S. housing and manufacturing numbers helped nudge the Dow and S&P to new records yet again at the end of the week. However, the report also may have helped bring on a dip in the price of the benchmark 10-year Treasury by raising […]

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MARKET WEEK: NOVEMBER 17, 2014

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The Markets Though trading remained within a relatively narrow range, especially compared with recent weeks, the S&P 500 nevertheless managed to hit a new record high, while the Nasdaq’s weekly gain kept it in the lead year-to-date. A fresh drop in oil prices brought the price of West Texas Intermediate crude to roughly $75 a […]

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MARKET WEEK: NOVEMBER 10, 2014

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The Markets In the wake of the midterm election results that gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress, domestic equities took a break from their recent volatility. Though the S&P 500’s increase was relatively modest, it still managed to regain the 2,000 level and go on to set three fresh record highs in the […]

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MARKET WEEK: NOVEMBER 3, 2014

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The Markets A robust U.S. GDP reading coupled with the prospect of greater economic stimulus in Japan and additional positive corporate earnings reports helped drive both the Dow industrials and the S&P 500 to new record highs. The small caps of the Russell 2000 saw their third straight week of solid gains, which gave the […]

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