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Weekly Market Commentary June 5, 2017

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Weekly Market Commentary June 5, 2017

Global stock markets continued to hit new highs. The S&P 500 eclipsed its previous high and rose 1.0% for the week. Global stocks also hit new highs as the MSCI All Country World Index rose 1.1%. Bonds posted healthy gains, rising 0.5% as reflected by the Bloomberg BarCap U.S. Aggregate Bond Index.

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Weekly Market Commentary May 30, 2017

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary May 30, 2017

Stocks set new 52-week highs this week. The S&P 500 and the global MSCI ACWI both reached new highs on Thursday, before declining slightly on Friday. For the week, the S&P 500 rose 1.4%, the MSCI ACWI climbed 1.1% and the Bloomberg BarCap U.S. Bond Aggregate remained unchanged. 

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The Importance of Portfolio Diversification

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The Importance of Portfolio Diversification

Published by Don Hagan, CFA The famous stock market axiom, “it’s the bus you don’t see that hits you”, nicely underpins the reasons behind maintaining a diversified portfolio. The stark reality of investing is that there are unknowable landmines. Even though investment managers and analysts spend hundreds of hours scouring financial reports, talking to management, interviewing competitors and digging deep into a company’s prospects, there is always the possibility of an unpleasant surprise.

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Weekly Market Commentary May 22, 2017

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Weekly Market Commentary May 22, 2017

While the week started with fresh new highs for the S&P, stock markets tumbled mid-week on concerns political allegations may disrupt reform agendas in the U.S. and Brazil. On Wednesday the S&P 500 dropped approximately 1.5%. For the week, the S&P 500 slid 0.4%, the MSCI ACWI index of global stocks was basically unchanged, and the Bloomberg BarCap US Bond Aggregate rose 0.4%. 

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Weekly Market Commentary May 8, 2017

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary May 8, 2017

Markets shrugged off the near certainty of a Federal Reserve rate hike in June and embraced the polling numbers pointing to Macron’s easy victory on Sunday. The S&P 500 rose 0.6% for the week. Global stocks, represented by the MSCI ACWI, rose 0.9%. The Aggregate U.S. Bond Index surrendered 0.2%. Oil prices continued to retreat. Brent Crude dropped another 5.7% this week.

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May Monthly Newsletter – Estate Planning for Digital Assets: 4 Steps to Ensure Your Assets are Protected

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May Monthly Newsletter – Estate Planning for Digital Assets: 4 Steps to Ensure Your Assets are Protected

Estate planning has become more difficult with the introduction of technology into every aspect of an individual’s life. Years ago, people filed away bank books, stock certificates, financial statements and most other important documents in a filing cabinet or a safety deposit box.

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Weekly Market Commentary May 1, 2017

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary May 1, 2017

Strong corporate earnings and the bounce from French elections the previous weekend pushed global markets higher. The S&P 500 climbed 1.5% for the week. The MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI), which includes U.S. and international stock markets, rose 1.9%, and the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index slid 0.2%. Oil prices dropped to monthly lows amid fears that U.S. shale production is rebounding too quickly.

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How to Set up a Trust

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How to Set up a Trust

Published by Beth Schanou, Director of Wealth and Estate Planning A trust can be a necessary tool for an estate plan. But, you may ask, what is a trust? Put very simply, a trust is created with a formal legal document to manage assets for beneficiaries. The trust is created by a person called the Settlor or Grantor, and a Trustee is appointed to follow the rules of the trust for management of the trust and its assets for the beneficiaries’ benefit.

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April Monthly Newsletter: 86% of Americans Are Stressed About Their Finances

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April Monthly Newsletter: 86% of Americans Are Stressed About Their Finances

A recent, nationwide survey of approximately 1,000 adults found that 86% of those surveyed indicated they are experiencing stress relating to their finances.[1]  Why is this important? According to that same survey, nearly half of those who indicated they are experiencing financial stress believe their stress hinders their ability to make financial decisions.

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Weekly Market Commentary April 3, 2017

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Weekly Market Commentary April 3, 2017

Over the past week, the uncertainty surrounding President Trump’s policy-making has shifted to his ability to institute tax reform and establish infrastructure expenditures. While many investors expected a major sell-off on the fallout surrounding the failure of Trump’s healthcare bill in Congress, the markets unexpectedly closed the week on a positive note.

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