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07
Market Update - September 2019

The final month of the third quarter was positive for global stocks (+2.1%), which are now up 15.9% year-to-date. Bonds (-0.4%), on the other hand, fell slightly as yields ended the month on a higher note.

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06
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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06
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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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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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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07
Market Update – July 2019

Kicking off the third quarter, U.S. stocks continued their rally with a slight tick upward, while international stocks gave back some of the gains made in the first half of the year.

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Are You Misbehaving?

Traditional finance assumes all market participants act as ‘rational economic persons.’ While all of our own decisions are perfectly rational (there’s that overconfidence bias!), we know that many others do not always make rational decisions. Are you misbehaving?

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Putting Earnings Season Under a Microscope

First quarter earnings for 2019 were inevitably going to draw a lot of attention in the wake of increased market volatility, ongoing trade tensions, and growing discussions about a potential earnings recession. Now that the results are in, let’s take a closer look at what the data shows. 

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