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How to Handle Brexit
By the time you read this article, you will probably be sick and tired of the word Brexit. If you are like me, you probably spent the weekend hearing friends, family, and Facebook bemoaning the journey that one of our closest geo-political allies is about to embark on. I am very sensitive to the fact that there is a great deal of information out there, so instead of offering another opinion of whether the vote to leave the European Union (EU) was good or bad, I am going to attempt to offer some perspective on the economic ramifications of Britain's new reality. The first, and most important, piece of perspective I can offer is that nothing that happened in the Market on Friday or today sheds light on the long-term implications of the...
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The Economic Impact of ISIS
On November 13, the world watched in horror, as 129 mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, and children were senselessly murdered by a group of radical Islamic militants that we have become all too familiar with. There is absolutely nothing we can do to dry the tears of the families of those lost, nor quell the fears that all of us feel today as a result of what we witnessed. Like you, I have spent much of the last week wondering what's next. A natural fear related to a perceived increase in global terrorism is how will it impact the market. I spoke to many colleagues and clients on Monday who were concerned that the Paris and Beirut attacks would flip the switch on another market correction.  With fear so rampant these...
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April Commentary: A Review of the First Quarter
As we headed into 2015, many wondered if the stock market could achieve a seventh consecutive year of growth. With interest rates still at or near all-time lows, housing and job markets still in flux, and Europe in a state of disarray, there certainly was a lot of unknown as we set sail on the new year. Well, with one quarter in the books, the only thing that has become clear is going to be quite a ride. Many, including yours truly, anticipated volatility on our way through the year, and that is exactly what we got. No matter how you look at the market results from the first quarter, there were ups and there were downs. As has become a trend, there were a number of occasions when the markets hit all-time highs, but those were...
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