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The Most Important Prong

The Most Important Prong

OVERVIEW The U.S. stock market rallied last week as the major indices posted gains of more than three percent. Volatility, as measured by the VIX Index, is up relative to the start of the year, but it did pull back a bit last week as the stock market bounced off its...

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Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be

Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be

OVERVIEW U.S. stocks hit a rough patch last week, as the S&P 500 fell a little over one percent. The most severe declines were centered around small-cap and value stocks, which fell about 2.24 and 1.31 percent, respectfully. Emerging market stocks brought up the...

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A Little too Quiet?

A Little too Quiet?

OVERVIEW U.S. stocks rose yet again last week, with the S&P 500 rising 1.97 percent. This gain was roughly on par with the Dow, which rose 1.82 percent. The Nasdaq, however, outpaced both indices, rising 2.29 percent. International stocks lagged behind the U.S....

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Rounding the CAPE

Rounding the CAPE

OVERVIEW U.S. stocks notched another week of gains, as the S&P 500 Index rose 0.94 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lagged behind the broader market, gaining about 0.66 percent, whereas the Nasdaq Composite shot ahead and gained 1.75 percent. Emerging...

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Party

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Party

OVERVIEW U.S. stocks were mixed last week, with the S&P 500 dropping 0.16 percent and the Nasdaq Composite rising 0.16 percent. On the international front, emerging market stocks once again outperformed the developed world, gaining about half a percent for the...

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The Glass is Half-Full…and then Some

The Glass is Half-Full…and then Some

OVERVIEW U.S. stocks rose moderately last week, with the S&P 500 gaining 0.58 percent, its fifth straight week of gains. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite did slightly better, rising 0.91 percent. Emerging market stocks once again had a good week, posting a 0.99...

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RO/RO Row Your Boat

RO/RO Row Your Boat

OVERVIEW We saw a lot of green across the board last week, as the majority of asset classes that we track ended in positive territory. Large-cap and growth stocks led the rally, made evident by the S&P 500's gain of 0.73 percent. Emerging market stocks shot up...

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Vol-a-what?

Vol-a-what?

OVERVIEW The major U.S. stock indices ended the week in mixed territory. The S&P 500 gained 0.16 percent, but the Dow and the Nasdaq edged lower by 0.13 and 0.10 percent, respectively. The largest weekly gains came from small-cap stocks, which rose by 0.87...

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2019 Labor Day Letter

2019 Labor Day Letter

Happy Labor Day! As you know, this holiday is for celebrating the Labor Movement and the contributions workers have made to our nation’s history. But in recent years, as our society has grown ever more automated and modernized, I sometimes think we forget how...

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Almost two-and-a-half centuries ago, fifty-six great Americans signed the Declaration of Independence. It was a document that would change the world, but after the Revolutionary War ended, it languished in relative obscurity for many years. In fact, to many, the...

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