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What’s with the Negative Bond Yields?

Investors generally think of bonds as safe investments that provide a stream of income. It may surprise some to learn that more than one quarter of all government bonds issued globally are trading with negative yields. In monetary terms, that is more than $15 trillion in government debt with a negative yield in addition to more than $1 trillion in negative yielding corporate debt. 

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Market Update – August 2019

The summer months concluded with a weak August for equities while bonds and alternatives were generally positive.

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Beat the Short-Term Market Jitters

When the financial markets are in turmoil and account balances start to fall, there is a strong temptation to ask your financial advisor to “do something” to stem any perceived losses. Yet it is often the case that staying the course—or doing nothing—proves to be the better path. 

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SAVANTalk - Summer 2019
This issue includes:  Market Indexes and How They Affect You Lessons in International Small Cap Mid-Year 2019 Progress Report Top 5 T...

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Lessons in International Small Cap

As investors, there are two ways we can reap the benefits of a rapidly developing world economy: we can simply diversify across international stocks, and, if the premium for investing in small company stocks holds overseas, we should include an allocation to international small cap stocks. 

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Top 5 Things to Do Before Sending Your Kid off to College

While picking out bedding and a mini-fridge for your college student is important, there are a few more things to do that you may have not considered.

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Opportunities for Women in STEM

With a continued need for STEM education to support an expanding STEM job market, it’s an important opportunity for women to close both the education and employment gaps that still exist within the workforce as a whole, and the STEM field. 

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Market Indexes and How They Affect You

investors should be to always view the point movements of an index within a percentage context and to account for how an index is constructed. Different indices measure different sets of stocks, and even those with some of the same components can be impacted very differently. 

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Mid-Year 2019 Progress Report

Financial markets have provided solid returns for investors year-to-date as of 6/30/19. As always, we do not attempt to predict short-term returns given the high level of uncertainty. The mid-year returns may or may not be illustrative of the annual outcome, especially in more volatile markets such as stocks. However, if markets ended the year with similar year-to-date returns, it would be a pleasing outcome. 

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Stepping in a New Direction

Last week, the Fed made an "about face" and lowered rates by 0.25% to a lower bound of 2.0%. While this move was fully expected by markets based on the Fed’s advance communications, it might seem to some that the move was not necessary being that the U.S. economy has positive economic growth, historically low unemployment, and solid consumer balance sheets.

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