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April 04, 2018 | Market Commentary

Market Volatility Remains Elevated US equities suffered their worst week in more than two years last month on concerns that increasingly restrictive trade policies may disrupt global growth. Although US stocks recouped some of those losses the following Monday, the market gyrations on the heels …

Library » Webinar: How Much Is Active Management Worth?

March 29, 2018 | Retirement Plans

  Documenting the reasonableness of 401(k) investment options has never been so difficult or so important. Today’s unique market environment, participant risk tolerance, and risk capacity creates new fiduciary risk. in this webinar, we discuss prudent approaches to evaluating …

Markets & Economy » Escalating Risks of Protectionism and Tariffs

March 22, 2018 | Market Commentary

In a recent post, we discussed some of the sector implications that could result from recently enacted steel and aluminum tariffs. Here, we explore the potential second-order effects that a protectionist trade policy can have—both on the US, and on the broader global economy. For the first …

Library » Webinar: Reassessing the Cycle

March 22, 2018 | Market Commentary

  The Disciplined Value Team puts recent market volatility in perspective, provides an update on the economy and equity markets, and offers their insight on what investors may encounter going forward. They also discuss company specific characteristics to look for at this point in …

Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » Balancing Varying Perspectives in Your Endowment/Foundation Spending Decisions

March 21, 2018 | Wealth Management

Spending decisions are at the core of what endowments and foundations are designed to do. Spending, in this case, refers to distributions or withdrawals designated to support the missions of non-profits and charities. Despite most agreeing on the importance of these decisions, there may be little …

Markets & Economy » Inflation Worries Are Picking Up

March 19, 2018 | Market Commentary

The Federal Open Market Committee’s two-day policy meeting begins tomorrow, March 20, and investors are assigning a high probability that policymakers will hike interest rates by 25 basis points. With respect to the inflation outlook, the magnitude and frequency of changes to the Fed funds rate …

Tom Lesko

Senior Wealth Management Consultant

Financial Planning » Qualified Charitable Distributions and the New Tax Law

March 13, 2018 | Wealth Management

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made sweeping changes to our tax laws when the bill was signed this past December. On January 1, the standard deduction – an amount that all tax filers can deduct from their income each tax year – was doubled to $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for joint filers. The …

Markets & Economy » President Trump Approves Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

March 09, 2018 | Market Commentary

Last week, President Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that have the potential to roil markets and impact trade relations with key allies and trading partners. The controversial tariffs, 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum, were formally approved on March 8 with few notable …

Library » March 2018 Perspective

March 02, 2018 | Market Commentary

Equity Volatility Returns The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered two declines of over 1000 points in early February as inflation fears led to a spike in market volatility. This marked the first correction (a decline of at least 10% from a recent high) for US equities in over two years. While …


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