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At 2018 Outset: Cyclicals, Transports and Showdown Politics

At 2018 Outset: Cyclicals, Transports and Showdown Politics

Despite some political fireworks, markets stayed on a roll in January with emerging markets leading the way. Cyclical stocks, transports, and small-caps also lit up the leader board. Healthy corporate earnings, a new corporation-friendly U.S. tax law, and light volatility all helped set the stage for new highs...

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6 Global Economic Themes for 2018
January 29, 2018

6 Global Economic Themes for 2018

Global economies are constantly in flux and, regardless of whether these changes are positive or negative, overseas developments can have a large impact here in the U.S...

Capital Gains and How Tax Reform Affects Long-Term Investments
January 24, 2018

Capital Gains and How Tax Reform Affects Long-Term Investments

As most alert taxpayers know, a sweeping tax reform bill was put into law in January that affects most tax brackets, a pack of exemptions—both personal and ...

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Speed Bump Ahead for Autos? Factors for Investors to Consider
January 24, 2018

Speed Bump Ahead for Autos? Factors for Investors to Consider

U.S. automakers have come a long way since the depths of the 2007-09 Great Recession. The industry has been solidly profitable, and the past two years brought ...

Emerging Risk Trends: Potential Market Drivers for 2018
January 23, 2018

Emerging Risk Trends: Potential Market Drivers for 2018

Despite a positive start to 2018, there are many Emerging Risk Trends which have the potential to sway global financial markets. Today, we are highlighting the top ...

Government Shutdowns… a Story We’ve Heard Before
January 19, 2018

Government Shutdowns… a Story We’ve Heard Before

The potential for a government shutdown has been making headlines the past few months, but are they really that big of a deal? Admittedly, the term sounds...

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Cost Basis: Noncovered & Covered Securities Tax Implications
January 18, 2018

Cost Basis: Noncovered & Covered Securities Tax Implications

Getting ready for tax season? It's time to take a look at cost basis and make sure you're covered when it comes to correct reporting. Back in 2001, the U.S. GAO ...

Opportunity Cost and Fixed Income Investing: Invest Now or Wait?
January 17, 2018

Opportunity Cost and Fixed Income Investing: Invest Now or Wait?

We’re familiar with the saying “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” At least nothing is lost, either, right? But in some cases, the “nothing ventured” choice may come at a ...

Financial Planning in the New Year: Consider Getting Personal
January 15, 2018

Financial Planning in the New Year: Consider Getting Personal

Ah, the new year! It's a chance to hit the "reset" button; to make a fresh run at those things we'd like to do better. And for many of us, financial planning is at or near the ...

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Tech Sector Earnings: What’s Been Happening Ahead of Q4 Results?
January 12, 2018

Tech Sector Earnings: What’s Been Happening Ahead of Q4 Results?

The tech sector was the best performer in 2017 and has started 2018 off on a strong note. After breaking through the 7000 level for the first time ever at the beginning...

The Financial Sector: Checking in Ahead of Q4 Earnings Reports
January 3, 2018

The Financial Sector: Checking in Ahead of Q4 Earnings Reports

After struggling for much of 2017 to build on its post-election rally in 2016, financial stocks moved sharply higher over the past three months as investors’...

U.S. Housing Market: Tight Supply Persists at Start of 2018
January 3, 2018

U.S. Housing Market: Tight Supply Persists at Start of 2018

2017 ended up being a banner year for many housing-related stocks including homebuilders and home improvement retailers. There were several different...

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Investors Bundle Up and Make Way for Old Man Winter
January 1, 2018

Investors Bundle Up and Make Way for Old Man Winter

Wherever you reside in the U.S., with the exception of places where palm trees grow year-round, the costs to heat your home this winter probably will take a bigger ...

Tax-Loss Harvesting: Reaping What You Sow With Tax Efficiency
December 26, 2017

Tax-Loss Harvesting: Reaping What You Sow With Tax Efficiency

Looking to pursue an optimal, tax-efficient portfolio balance? Consider tax-loss harvesting. It’s a process designed to take advantage of an IRS rule allowing ...

5 Financial Steps to Take When You're Flying Solo
December 21, 2017

5 Financial Steps to Take When You're Flying Solo

Singles tend to have more friends than married people, are more likely to volunteer their time and are as healthy or healthier as their married peers, research shows...

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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency 101: Understanding the Basics
December 20, 2017

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency 101: Understanding the Basics

The rapid rise in the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has attracted the attention of investors, financial companies, regulators and the media alike...

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