Economics

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The Economy vs. The Market

The terms “stock market” and “economy” are often used interchangeably, but they are not one in the same.  Perhaps this has never been more evident than over the past several months.  The state of the economy, according to most measures, is bleak, with economic activity contracting, an unemployment rate of more than 10%, and an…

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Market Corrections, Bear Markets, and Recessions: A Primer

As the markets continue to move up and down and as the media continues to have a field day playing with our emotions, it is no wonder that many investors find themselves questioning what lies ahead.  While no one can predict what the markets will do or how people will react to the news of…

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Three Reasons Not to React to Financial News

Stock prices change as new information becomes available.  It’s not surprising that many investors believe that it is crucial to follow financial news carefully and then act quickly on news that might be relevant to their investments.  While this may sound like a good idea, the reality is that you cannot expect to consistently improve…

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2016 in Review

It’s hard to think all the way back to January 2016, but the year began with a bit of a shock when US stocks had their worst start in history. Then came the Brexit vote in June, when non-US Stocks dropped approximately 7% over a three week period. And then came the US Presidential election, when US stocks dropped approximately 5% in the weeks leading up to the election.
But by the end of the year, those investors who stayed the course saw positive returns across the board.

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