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Will We See a Santa Clause Rally?

December 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS • A “Santa Claus rally” is the phenomenon of equity markets trending upward during late December. • Tax planning, holiday bonuses, and buying in anticipation of a rise in stock prices during the month of January are just a few theories behind these rallies. • There are an infinite number of reasons why stocks…

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Would Cash Repatriation Help Boost The Economy?

December 16, 2016

SYNOPSIS • Cash repatriation has garnered significant attention throughout the presidential election, and investors want to know why. • Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that U.S. companies are holding over $2.5 trillion in cash overseas. • Changes to the corporate tax code to allow companies to repatriate cash at a significantly lower rate would…

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Three Companies Tell a Cautionary Tale

December 5, 2016

SYNOPSIS • Three firms have consistently made headlines over the past few years who are changing the landscape of global financial markets. • Their successes combine to tell a cautionary tale to those who want to day trade stocks. • Getting in the middle of professional traders competing against each other presents next to no…

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Five Question Answered

December 5, 2016

SYNOPSIS • Investors are anxious to understand the reaction in global financial markets to the outcome of the presidential election. • More specifically, they want to know why conservative and income-focused portfolios have failed to keep up with the broader equity market. • Much of the volatility has been fueled on emotional moves by traders…

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It’s Finally Over

November 11, 2016

• After two years of nonstop media coverage and candidates shamelessly bashing each other, the campaigning has come to an end. • Politics can impact the short-term movements in markets but almost never have any impact on the long-term direction of an economy and asset prices. • Policy is what matters to the fundamentals, but…

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A Unique Breed of Fear Monger

November 4, 2016

SYNOPSIS • The presidential election is less than a week away, and politicians are in full force trying to sway voters to their side. • Politicians are a unique breed of fear monger because they tend to be far more interested in their victims’ votes rather than their wallets. • Three common scare tactics that…

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Do Stock Charts Tell Us Anything?

October 21, 2016

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK SYNOPSIS • A technical analyst at HSBC recently issued a “red alert,” warning that the risk of a severe fall in the stock market is now very high. • Traders often use technical analysis to discern patterns within stock charts, but investors rarely find any real value from such short-term price…

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What Is Carried Interest?

October 14, 2016

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK SYNOPSIS • Google Trends is a website that allows a visitor to gauge the popularity of a search phrase over a given time period. • “Carried Interest” is a term that has garnered a lot of attention from both sides of the presidential race, and investors want to know why it’s…

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Should Our Government Issue More Debt?

October 7, 2016

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK SYNOPSIS • Politicians are some of the most egregious fear mongers out there, and we are kneedeep in their busy season at the moment. • Although the spending is out of control, our country can more than afford its debt, and the odds of a real crisis in the next several…

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The Fed Crossed The Line

September 30, 2016

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK SYNOPSIS • The Fed’s decision to drastically cut interest rates prevented the financial crisis from deepening, but it has remained in place for far too long. • Low interest rates do encourage consumers to spend more money, but there is a point where the drawbacks outweigh the benefits to the economy.…

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