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The SECURE Act

The purpose of this letter is to address the SECURE Act, which was just passed and signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019. The combination of impeachment proceedings and the Christmas holidays kept this out of the limelight of the press. But it passed alongside the spending bill. For your reading pleasure,…

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Market News: A Fed Rate Cut and the Economy

This summer has been interesting. Thus far, temperatures have been at a maximum for much of the country, while typical summer storms have been at a minimum. A parallel can be drawn for the financial markets: Major stock indexes are hovering near record levels, while other asset classes like bonds and gold have also participated…

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Market News: Longest Economic Expansion Ever!

Happy Birthday, United States of America! As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, U.S. leadership on the world stage remains in focus. We received good news on the global trade front from the recent G20 Summit in Japan. President Trump and China’s President Xi agreed to a trade truce, clearing the way for the two nations…

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Midyear Outlook 2019

We are pleased to announce the release of the LPL Research Midyear Outlook 2019: FUNDAMENTAL: How to Focus on What Really Matters in the Markets, with investment insights and market guidance through the end of 2019. LPL Research believes that even as investors face prospects for periodic bouts of volatility, emphasizing fundamentals will remain critical…

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Market News: Trump, the Tariff Man

Trade tensions have interrupted an unusually calm year in U.S. stocks. In May, the S&P 500 Index fell from an April 30 record high as the United States and China failed to reach a trade deal and escalated tariff tensions. The United States also proposed new tariffs on Mexico, further complicating the outlook for trade.…

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May 20, 2019 – Trade News Moves the Markets

The Week on Wall Street Stocks fell sharply at the start of last week over trade tensions, then recovered with help from strong earnings and indications that U.S.-China trade talks would continue. Even so, the major indices had a down week. The S&P 500 lost 0.76%, while the Nasdaq Composite fell 1.27%, and the Dow…

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September 2018 Economic Update

In this month’s blog, I’ll discuss some of the major headlines that influenced markets in August. I will also provide insight into what these developments could mean for you as an investor. U.S. stocks celebrated a major milestone in August. On the 22nd, our current bull market officially became the longest in U.S. history. At…

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