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Does the Economy Drive the Stock Market?

Concerns about the U.S.-China trade war, Brexit, and most recently the coronavirus outbreak have made headlines around the world, prompting ongoing speculation about how each of these issues may impact both the domestic and global economy.

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Market Update – January 2020

Global stocks (-1.3%) kicked off the year by struggling with losses across the board. Emerging market stocks (-4.7%) suffered the most while U.S. large cap stocks (0.0%) were the best performers by posting a flat return. 

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 International Markets: Staying the Course

U.S. stocks have outperformed international stocks, but it still makes sense to invest globally. Here’s why.

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Market Update – December 2019

Unemployment fell to 50-year lows, and stock and bond markets all posted gains for the year. See the December 2019 and year-end numbers here.

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What’s New at Custody Banks?

With numerous major brokerage/custody firms (including TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab, and Fidelity) recently eliminating commissions for trading stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), now is a great time to be an investor. While explicit trading costs seem to be going away across the industry (via commission-free trading), it’s still important for investors to understand the implicit trading costs associated with placing trades and how brokerage/custody firms can stay in business in a new commission-free trading environment. 

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Market Update – November 2019

The second month of the fourth quarter was positive for global stocks (+2.5%), which have now gained 22.0% year-to-date. U.S. bonds remained flat throughout the month holding onto year-to-date gains of 6.7% for U.S. intermediate-term and 2.9% for short-term bonds.  Alternative asset classes (REITs, Commodities, and Managed Futures) all posted losses for the month.

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Unpleasant Dinner Table Topics

Politics and religion. Two of the most commonly debated subjects. So why bring one of them up? With impeachment rumors flooding the headlines, it’s pertinent to address the political questions surrounding the dinner table. Will this disturb my investments? Should I pull my portfolio out of the market?  

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Market Update - October 2019

The first month of the fourth quarter was positive for global stocks (+2.8%), which have now gained +19.1% year‐to‐date. Although US large cap (+2.2%) and small cap (+2.6%) had moderate gains within the month, their year‐to‐date returns are strong at +23.2% and +17.2%. 

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Who Let the Doves Out?

With global economic and profit growth slowing, central banks around the world have shifted their policies to be accommodative or dovish. 

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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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