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February 09, 2016

Fourth Quarter 2015 International Perspective

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, an optimistic outlook for commodity prices and accommodative monetary policy of major central banks drove global equity markets higher. As the period progressed, renewed concerns over China’s growth trajectory emerged amid economic data that came in below consensus expectations. This helped push commodity prices to new lows and undermine investor sentiment, which weighed on equities.

February 09, 2016

Research Note: January 2016

2016 has made quite an entrance so far with the S&P 500 experiencing the worst beginning to a calendar year (through the first 10 trading days of the year) in history. The financial press has attributed the recent volatility to a variety of suspects, including concerns about Chinese economic growth, falling oil prices, fears of a U.S. recession, and the possibility of a policy mistake by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

February 05, 2016

February 2016 Perspective

An advance estimate of real gross domestic product (GDP) showed the economy expanded at a 0.7% annualized rate in the fourth quarter, down from 2% in the third quarter and 3.9% in the second quarter.

January 28, 2016

Regulatory FAQs: The ACA and January 31 Open Enrollment Deadline

For many, the cost of health care is a very real, recurring expense that requires planning and management. As employers move to defined contribution health care structures and individuals become more responsible for their own health insurance decisions, financial advisors can...

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