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Archive of Monthly Portfolio Updates

May 2017 Market & Portfolio Summary

April Was Kind to Global Markets April was kind to global markets with widespread positive returns for the major asset classes last month. The only loser: broadly defined commodities, which dipped for a second month. That being said, with fiscal policy changes likely...

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April 2017 Market & Portfolio Summary

The market seems to want to keep moving higher and the Fed has little interest in rocking the boat, but I think investors should consider taking a bit of a defensive posture.

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March 2017 Market & Portfolio Summary

Mother of All Financial Bubbles By all measurable means, it looks as if we are now experiencing what appears to be the mother of all financial bubbles, and with the “Trump Rally” remaining in full play there appears to be no end in sight. We’ve been living with...

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February 2017 Market & Portfolio Summary

Markets 2012 – 2016 2016 was an interesting ride for the markets. Investors have been conditioned to a certain way of thinking during the post-crisis period. Despite any perceived underlying causes, any measurable pullbacks in the stock market have been...

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Monthly Economic Update, November 2016

Economic indicators flashed clear signals that the economy was picking up. Household spending rose a healthy 0.5% during September, the most since June. Household incomes rose

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Monthly Economic Update, September 2016

How calm was August? Very. At the close on August 31, the S&P 500 had not moved 1% up or down in a trading session since July 8. The latest round of U.S. economic indicators showed a healthy labor market, solid consumer spending, decent consumer confidence, and bearable consumer inflation.

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Monthly Economic Update, August 2016

  Monthly Quote “Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” – John Updike Monthly Tip As you save for retirement, one strategy to try and offset the effect of inflation is to raise your retirement plan...

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Monthly Economic Update, July 2016

Coffee and sugar ruled the ag sector in June. Coffee futures rose 17.65%; sugar futures, 19.04%. Soybeans did well, gaining 9.09%. Corn futures slid 11.11%; wheat futures, 7.51%. In between those extremes, cotton futures advanced 3.57%; cocoa futures, 0.26%

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Monthly Economic Update, June 2016

Fundamental indicators pointed to an economy leaving its first-quarter doldrums behind; the real estate market looked especially hot. Hiring moderated, but retail sales, personal spending, and inflation picked up.

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