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October 01, 2013 | Market Commentary

Market Forces Policy Actions Are In The Spotlight For an off-election year, policy decisions and the associated politics certainly played a dominant role in the third quarter of 2013. While the state of the economy, domestically and globally, was important, what the Federal Reserve intended to …

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July 02, 2013 | Market Commentary

Market Forces Navigating Through Change It is fascinating how certain terms gain traction when applied to the financial markets. In 2007, the terms “quantitative easing,” “operation twist,” and “tapering” would have most likely triggered quizzical stares, as opposed to the knowing nods of today. …

Library » April 2013 Update

April 01, 2013 | Market Commentary

Market Forces A Focus on Fundamentals On January 30th the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its initial estimate of real GDP growth for the fourth quarter of 2012. For the first time in 3+ years, the growth rate was negative; shrinking at a seasonally adjusted annualized …

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January 02, 2013 | Market Commentary

Market Forces Never a Dull Moment To say it was an “eventful” quarter might be a bit of an understatement. There was the quadrennial Presidential election. The nation, and the world for that matter, became fixated on Washington and the politicking surrounding the “fiscal cliff”. Super-storm …

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October 03, 2012 | Market Commentary

Market Forces Equity Markets March On A review of the investment landscape during the third quarter yielded a litany of troublesome items. Domestically, the labor markets appeared to stall and profit growth slowed. The oft mentioned “fiscal cliff”, a bevy of tax increases and spending cuts that …

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July 03, 2012 | Market Commentary

Market Forces Second Quarter Pendulums and Pitfalls Almost everyone is familiar with the writer, Edgar Allan Poe. A tortured soul who lived during the early 1800s, he was an early practitioner of the short story. His more well known stories tend to be dark, foreboding, and often macabre. One …

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April 04, 2012 | Market Commentary

Market Forces Climbing a Wall of Worry The first quarter of 2012 was a textbook example of the markets climbing a “wall of worry,” which is defined as the financial markets’ tendency to surmount a host of negative factors and keep ascending. During the fourth quarter of 2011, the Dow Jones …

Library » January 2012 Update

January 06, 2012 | Market Commentary

Market Forces A “Risk On, Risk Off” Environment While not even close to being included on the American Film Institute’s list of top 100 films, most have seen, or at least heard of “The Karate Kid”. For those that haven’t, it’s an underdog martial arts story released in 1984 that included one …

Library » October 2011 Update

October 01, 2011 | Market Commentary

Market Forces Finding Opportunities Amid the World’s Economic Woes Leadership can be defined as “the ability to successfully integrate and maximize available resources within the internal and external environment for the attainment of organizational or societal goals.” When it comes to the …

Library » July 2011 Update

July 01, 2011 | Market Commentary

A Slow Growth Environment Continues The second quarter of the year is chock full of sporting events. The NCAA® holds its Final Four® basketball games. The baseball season begins. Both the Masters® Golf Tournament and the U.S. Open Golf Championship are second quarter events. The playoffs that …


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