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Capital Gains Distributions

Mutual fund capital gains distributions are often misunderstood and can be an unpleasant surprise for investors with taxable accounts.

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Market Update - October 2018

From Hong Kong to New York, stock markets were slammed by a wave of fears about slowing growth, trade wars, and higher interest rates.

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GICS Changes

October 1st brought changes to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) which defines sectors of the economy commonly used for grouping and comparing public companies. The changes are meant to reflect the ongoing integration of communications, media, and technology companies. 

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Market Update - September 2018

Global stocks were slightly positive for the month as both U.S. and International large cap stocks rose while small caps stocks were down both domestically and internationally. Bond returns were negative across the board with the exception of short‐term bonds which were up 0.1% in September. Global REITs and managed futures were down while commodities (+1.9%) posted a strong month and reinsurance continued to climb. 

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The Weather Has No Memory

The recent threat of Hurricanes Lane (Hawaiian islands) and Florence (East Coast) brings to mind the devastating hurricane season of 2017. It also brings up questions such as, “Does last year’s active hurricane season demonstrate an increasing trend of landfalling hurricanes? Does it make it more likely this year will be an active season?” Historical weather data illustrates the answer to both is “no.” 

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Market Update - August 2018

Headlines during August were focused on U.S. trade talks. Stock market returns were bifurcated as U.S. stocks rose and international stocks fell. Although not a big factor last month, international stock returns for U.S. investors in 2018 have been negatively impacted by the strengthening U.S. dollar, especially in emerging markets. Bond returns were positive in the U.S. and slightly negative for international bonds. Global REITs, managed futures, and reinsurance each rose in August, while commodities dipped into negative territory. 

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The Big Mac and the Power of Your Dollar

Foreign exchange rates often go unnoticed in day-to-day life, but they can play a sizable role in decision making at central banks around the globe and influence choices in large corporations, as well as impacting the returns on your investments. The Big Mac Index was developed by The Economist in 1986 as a simple methodology to value currencies around the world. This beginner's guide to currency valuation is actually based on the theory of purchasing-power parity.... 

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Market Update - July 2018

Global stocks charged ahead gaining 2.8% in July as all stock asset classes posted gains. U.S. large value stocks led the way with a 4.2% gain. Despite a positive month across the board, international stocks remain in the red year-to-date. Bonds were essentially flat during July, although inflation-protected bonds fell 0.5% in response to changes in inflationary pressures. 

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Approaching Zero Taxes

Sir John Templeton once said, “For all long‐term investors, there is only one objective – maximum total return after taxes.” We could not agree more with this statement. Traditionally, the investment industry has focused on measures of risk and return while ignoring the tax implications of investing processes. In an effort to address this shortcoming, Savant continuously emphasizes tax-efficient investment strategies.

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Market Update – June 2018

June was a month with mixed results for stocks as international stocks were down across the board while U.S. stocks were positive. Emerging markets continued their 2018 struggles, down 4.2% in the month. On the other side, U.S. small value stocks were the top performer – gaining 0.8%. Results were slightly positive among bonds, with short- and intermediate-term bonds essentially flat while international bonds posted a gain of 0.5% for the month.  

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