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February 08, 2018 | Market Commentary

The U.S. Economy US stocks began 2018 right where they left off, marching steadily higher. The synchronized global expansion persisted into the New Year, aiding US economic growth and supporting equity prices. Rising corporate earnings, tax reform, and elevated investor sentiment have each also …

Markets & Economy » Volatility Awakens

February 06, 2018 | Market Commentary

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gave up more than 1,100 points yesterday in its largest one-day point decline on record. The S&P 500 dropped 4.1% for the day, and the CBOE Volatility (VIX) Index more than doubled. The downward move in equities began early last week, and the selloff …

Markets & Economy » Implications of the Federal Government Shutdown

January 22, 2018 | Market Commentary

Early Saturday morning, after Senate lawmakers failed to pass a short-term funding bill, the U.S. federal government began a shutdown of all non-essential services in the first federal government shutdown since October 2013. To reopen the government, the Senate needs a 60 vote supermajority, …

Markets & Economy » Economic Recovery from a Natural Disaster

September 12, 2017 | Market Commentary

With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hitting the sun belt of the United States, natural disasters are taking a devastating toll on life and property. Our hearts go out to all those affected. In this post, we explore the economic effects of natural disasters. Natural disasters of this scale are …

Markets & Economy » The First 100 Days, an Investor’s Perspective

May 01, 2017 | Market Commentary

Markets rode a roller coaster during President Trump’s first 100 days in office. Upon inauguration, confidence hovered near its post-recession peak and continued to grow upbeat. This helped support markets, which hit all-time highs shortly following the president’s well-received Congressional …

Vantage » Research Note - December 2016

December 22, 2016 | Market Commentary

The conventional wisdom leading into last month’s U.S. presidential election held that in the unlikely event that Donald Trump was victorious, a significant market sell-off would likely ensue. Early financial market indicators on election night certainly fit this scenario as Dow Jones Industrial …

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 …

Vantage » Research Note - September 2016

August 29, 2016 | Market Commentary

Once again equity markets have demonstrated their ability to bounce back from a flare up in volatility. The market shock from the unexpected victory for the “Leave” camp in the United Kingdom’s referendum on membership in the European Union has faded, and the VIX is once again near multi-year …

George Marron, CFP®

Senior Wealth Management Consultant

Financial Planning » Three Essential Components of a Family Wealth Succession Plan

June 23, 2016 | Wealth Management

Sustaining family wealth across multiple generations is difficult. So difficult, in fact, that there are numerous proverbs from cultures around the world that describe the problem: “Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations” (U.S.), “from barn stall to barn stall in three generations” ( …


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