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Good Tidings - September 4, 2018

A strong economy, a low unemployment rate, a low level of layoffs, and a strong stock market all played at least some role in pushing consumer confidence to its highest reading since late 2000.

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Some Light Reading for your Labor Day Weekend - August 31, 2018

In observance of Labor Day, our office will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, 2018. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday the 4th. We hope all of our clients and their families have a happy and safe extended weekend!

For those interested in a little light reading over the weekend, please keep reading.

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The Tide - August 29, 2018

On a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis, the ebb and flow of the tide will sway market sentiment. We see shares rise or fall in response to the tide.

Earlier in the year, the tide, or shorter-term risks, pulled on shares.

  • Trade tensions were a big concern, raising hurdles that blunted still-favorable economic fundamentals.

We’ve seen several periods in recent years when the tide turned against the bulls, temporarily putting up roadblocks.

  • China worries, geopolitical instability, Brexit, and European financial tremors were just some of the hurdles over the last nine years.

When the new risks failed to materially slow the economy and profit growth, favorable fundamentals have reasserted themselves.

  • It’s a shift in the tide.

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Crowning a New Champion - August 27, 2018

It was widely reported last week that the current bull market, which began March 2009, took the title as the longest-running bull market on record. On Wednesday, the broad-based S&P 500 Index3 extended its run to 3,453 calendar days (CNBC), taking the crown from the long-running bull market of the 1990s.

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Records That are Made to be Broken - August 21, 2018

August 22, 2018 is the date when the current bull market will assume the title as the longest bull market ever – based on S&P 5002 performance (CNBC).

  • It is set to surpass the long-running bull market of the 1990s: October 1990—March 2000.

  • The current bull market began March 10, 2009 after the S&P 500 bottomed on March 9 at 676.53 (St. Louis Federal Reserve).

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