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A Trip to Our Nation’s Capitol

I have just gotten back from an LPL Financial Advisor’s Conference in Washington, DC.  It was an exciting three days filled with investment and political discussion, plus the chance to see some of the great historic sites of our fantastic … Continue reading

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Weekly Market Commentary – The “Wall Street” Election Poll

The biggest event for investors over the next six months is likely to be the November elections in the United States. The outcome of the elections will define the political context and leadership for policies that address the looming fiscal … Continue reading

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We Are Not Teaching Smart Money

I enjoy giving my great friend and partner, John Hardy, grief by saying he’s a “monkey with a machine gun” when he gets new technology.  His new iphone is much more artillery than his skill level.  Words like “Safari” or … Continue reading

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Weekly Market Commentary – A Taxing Issue for Investors

Perhaps surprisingly, it appears that the tax rate changes have played little or no direct role in stock or bond market performance. The most likely reason is that the effects on after-tax returns were deemed negligible relative to the macroeconomic … Continue reading

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Weekly Market Commentary – What Investors Should Watch this Earnings Season

While macroeconomic data and events are likely to remain key drivers of the market this week, microeconomics will also garner investors’ attention as companies begin to release first quarter earnings reports. In each of the past two years, as the … Continue reading

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Weekly Market Commentary – The Election Impact: The Presidency

This week marks six months until Election Day. During the next six months, the elections will likely become an increasingly potent driver of the markets. While we believe the impact for changes to the makeup of Congress may be more … Continue reading

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Weekly Market Commentary: 10 Indicators to Watch For Another Spring Slide

          _ In each of the past two years the stock market began a slide in the spring, a phenomenon often referred to by the old adage “sell in May and go away,” which lasted well into … Continue reading

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Weekly Market Commentary – Stocks’ Sweet Sixteen

It has been a sweet sixteen weeks for the S&P 500. The broad stock market index has had only three down weeks out of the past sixteen. There has not been a sixteen-week period with fewer weeks of losses in … Continue reading

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Weekly Market Commentary – Best Bull Market Ever…Now What?

The three-year anniversary of the bull market took place on Friday, March 9. In the three years since March 9, 2009, the S&P 500 index is up 103% (with a 116% total return including dividends). This has been the strongest … Continue reading

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