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January 24, 2017 | Market Commentary

Quarterly Market Review Global equity markets shook off an October decline and finished the fourth quarter markedly higher on the heels of Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election. Expectations for policies that could lead to greater economic growth, including tax reform, increased …

Markets & Economy » These Remarkable Times Continue

December 22, 2016 | Market Commentary

There’s been no shortage of press regarding U.S. equity markets hitting all time highs following the U.S. presidential election. In the weeks subsequent to the election, the S&P 500 Index rose nearly 3% as of November end, largely driven by sharp upward moves in Energy, Financial, and …

Markets & Economy » Britons Vote in Favor of Brexit

June 24, 2016 | Market Commentary

Yesterday, citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) collectively voted in favor of leaving the European Union (EU). Now begins the process of negotiating a withdrawal accord and the terms of the UK’s relationship with the political-economic bloc, including 80,000 pages of EU trade agreements. …

Library » Investing Cash Balance Plan Assets

June 23, 2016 | Retirement Plans

Many Cash Balance plan sponsors, especially small to mid-sized professional firms, appreciate relatively predictable and level annual plan contributions. These firms tend to use the plan as a tax management tool, because the plan contributions are tax deductible and will offset taxes owed by the …

Markets & Economy » The Rise of Indonesian Consumerism

April 20, 2016 | Investment Themes

When Joko “Jokowi” Widodo assumed the office of president of Indonesia in October 2014, we were cautiously optimistic that his success as governor of Jakarta would be replicated on a national scale. Yet shortly after taking office, our enthusiasm waned amid political disappointments that …


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