Category: The Market

The Tour de France & Capital Preservation Tips

Thad Schlaud

To reach your financial goals, you don’t have to outperform every benchmark every year. For long-term investors, avoiding and mitigating losses is the largest factor in achieving ultimate success in your financial plan. Held every July, the Tour de France is a great illustration of this concept of capital preservation,…

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Second Quarter Market Review and Outlook

David Martin

For the first six months of the year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 12.7% while the S&P 500 Index rallied 14.4%, and the NASDAQ Composite rose 12.5%. Historically, strong stock market first halves bode well for the remainder of the year; Whenever there has been a double-digit gain…

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Bitcoin vs. Ethereum…So what’s the big deal?

Ben Klamo

Cryptocurrencies have garnered much attention in the financial world in the past few years as their adoption has increased by investors and institutions. It’s safe to say that cryptocurrencies have reached the mainstream; if you have invested money at some point, you have probably heard of or had a conversation…

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First Quarter Market Commentary

David Martin

The U.S. equity market hit all-time highs during the first quarter and several non-U.S. markets joined the march upwards, including the Canadian and European equity markets. Additionally, the S&P 500 gained 5.8% in Q1 and its trailing 12-month gain was 53.7%, the strongest gain in the post-war period. Alternatively, bonds…

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That $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Might Cause Inflation

Thad Schlaud

The current job market landscape is a warning sign of how painful the U.S. economy is for many, as over 745,000 Americans filed first-time unemployment claims at the end of February. But then on March 5th, the February employment report showed the U.S. economy added 379,000 jobs in that month.

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2020 Year-End Review and Outlook

David Martin

During the year 2020 we saw the global economy fall into its deepest recession in the postwar era due to COVID-19, with the S&P 500 falling by as much as 34% from its late February highs into late March. But as early as the second quarter (Q2), the economy began…

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3Q Review and Outlook

David Martin

After the strongest August in 34 years, momentum reversed in September. The S&P 500 Index finished the month down 3.9%, but still left the index up 5.5% on the year. The decline in September was led by the mega-cap growth stocks that had helped drive the market to new highs…

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Did COVID-19 Force You to Wrongly Rebalance?

Thad Schlaud

Did you sell and buy because of market uncertainty? Read on for strategies and insights into rebalancing your investments. There is no question that this pandemic affected markets in 2020. With most indexes reclaiming some of the lost ground, many are worried about what the future holds for their portfolio.

Categories: Industry Ideas, The Market