Happy Birthday to the Bull

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Toward the end of the first quarter, the bull market celebrated its eighth birthday. David Kelly, Chief Global Strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management wrote: “Eight years ago, on March 9, 2009, the S&P 500 closed at 677, down 57 … Read More

Unsettled Stock Markets

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U.S. stock markets were unsettled last week. President Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries to the United States for 90 days, in tandem with some disappointing earnings reports, inspired turmoil and uncertainty that helped push U.S. … Read More

Forecast 2017 Webinar

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In this presentation, Kevin Theissen, Principal and Financial Advisor at Skygate Financial Group, will go over where the markets have been, where the markets are, and where the markets may be going.

Dow Jones’ Historic Moment

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An historic moment for U.S. stock markets… The Dow Jones Industrial Average surpassed 20,000 last week. Barron’s cautioned investors not to make too much of the milestone since, “There are only 30 stocks in the index so each one carries … Read More

Up, Down, Sideways, or Across?

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Markets weren’t quite sure which direction to move last week. The Trump rally, which lost some steam, gained momentum early in the week. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index finished January 19, the day before the inauguration, with its biggest … Read More

What a Difference a Year Makes!

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At the start of 2016, investors were rather pessimistic and risk-averse, preferring bonds to stocks. By the end of the year, they were quite optimistic and preferred stocks to bonds. In between, markets traveled a bumpy road. During January of … Read More

Never Having to Say You’re Certain

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That’s the joy of statistics, and was certainly true last week. The employment report, which was released on Friday, was a bit short on jobs. Analysts had predicted employers would add about 162,000 new jobs during May, according to CNBC. … Read More

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