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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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Attempting to Avoid Funds in the Doghouse

Capital gains distributions can be an unpleasant surprise for investors with taxable accounts. No investor sets out to pay more taxes than necessary when selecting investments.

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Diversification: The Strategic Play

If you have been paying attention to markets this year, you have likely noticed that U.S. large stocks (S&P 500 Index) are up 20.6% as of 9/30/19. Would it perhaps be advantageous to just invest in the S&P 500 for your retirement? 

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Is It Time to Get Defensive?

Offense wins games, but defense wins championships. More than ten years into one of the longest bull markets on record, it is natural human behavior to think maybe this is as good as it gets. With the 24/7 news cycle, investors are bombarded with news and perspectives that threaten the end of a historic run. But before making any decisions, it is helpful to consider the probability that a diversified portfolio prevails with a positive return. As it turns out, we believe your diversified portfolio may be a dynasty for the ages. 

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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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Scoreboard for Individual Taxpayers

TCJA brought sweeping tax legislation to the United States for the first time since 1986. While most Americans paid less in taxes, the TCJA introduced an array of new rules that had unpredictable and contradictory effects. October 15th marks the extended tax return due date that will close the inaugural tax season. What did we learn? Who wins?

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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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