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  • February Market Report: Do Deficits Matter?

    John Gorlow | Mar 07, 2017
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    The president’s recent inaugural speech to Congress had an unusually reassuring tone. But the speech raised one alarm after another for deficit hawks and anyone else still hoping that Mr. Trump would slash spending. The fear is that big-ticket plans like Mr. Trump’s lead to big deficits that dampen economic growth and drive down returns. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway. But is it true?

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  • January Market Report: Embrace Uncertainty

    John Gorlow | Feb 14, 2017
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    Investors and markets don’t like surprises. Will interest rates rise slowly or quickly?  Will Congress appropriate mega-funding to US infrastructure, slash taxes, or both? Are Trump’s growth plans mere dreams, or rooted in reality? What will happen to the Affordable Care Act? As financial pundits pondered these post-election questions, the January markets quietly defied expectations. There’s a lesson in that. 

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  • October 2016 Market Report

    John Gorlow | Nov 14, 2016
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    Who wasn’t as election results rolled in? Few expected the 45th president of the United States to be a real estate developer with multiple business bankruptcies and a sideline career as a reality TV show host. Is now the time to rejigger your portfolio? Before you act, check out this month’s feature section on how not to become your own worst enemy.

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  • HIGH NOTES and LOW NOTES: Q3 Market Report

    John Gorlow | Oct 11, 2016
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    Presidential elections give rise to all kinds of market predictions. This year, the polarization of American political parties and attention-grabbing remarks by Donald Trump are bringing out the pundits in droves. Our advice: keep calm, carry on, and don’t react to the doomsday scenarios.

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  • A SLOW AUGUST; PASSIVE TREND STEAMS AHEAD

    John Gorlow | Sep 14, 2016
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    Like the wallflower who becomes popular, passively invested index funds are turning heads and inciting foes. Some big guns of the active investment industry are warning of dangers ahead if passive investing gets too big. Despite recent heated rhetoric, there are interesting and valid questions about where it could all lead.

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  • CLIMBING A WALL OF WORRY

    John Gorlow | Aug 05, 2016
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    With markets climbing and the Dow hitting a new high, why are investors feeling uneasy? There are plenty of reasons. Chief among them: the global economy is in the doldrums. But there’s more than one way to read the situation, and some analysts see a turning point ahead.

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  • Quarterly Market Review: PEAKS AND VALLEYS

    John Gorlow | Jul 18, 2016
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    VOLATILE FIRST HALF CAPPED BY RATE DROP AND STOCK RALLY. While most diversified investors earned decent returns in the first half of the year, wild market swings along the way fed our collective uncertainty. What does volatility tell us about future returns? We’ll look at what’s been roiling the markets and a new DFA study, then review the numbers.

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  • Standing on Principle

    John Gorlow | Jun 09, 2016
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    The recent death of Mohammad Ali made me think about what it means to live by one’s principles, and how that can change your life. Ali was no saint, to be sure. But he taught me one of my earliest lessons in standing up for what you believe in.

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  • International Stocks in Bloom

    John Gorlow | May 09, 2016
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    Diversified investors were rewarded in April as international markets rebounded and volatility decreased.

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  • Quarterly Market Review: April 16, 2016

    John Gorlow | Apr 17, 2016
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    TUMULTUOUS TIMES LEAD TO RECORD ACTIVE FUND OUTFLOWS. No one was happy with Q1 market performance. But for investors who trusted their money to active management, the pain was considerably worse. Learn what happened, and why money is now pouring into passively invested strategies. Let's start with the numbers.

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