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3rd Quarter Market Commentary

The investment landscape became unsettled during the summer months due to a combination of geopolitical risks, interest rate policy uncertainties and mixed economic data figures. Additionally, market and investor participation are historically much lower as volumes stagnate due to a greater number of “vacationers” causing higher volatility in the markets. This all led to a whipsawed market where single data points or events had greater influence on stock and bond prices.

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The Power of Compounding

Have you ever heard the saying, ‘it’s never too early to start saving’? One of the most important reasons why this statement rings true, in my humble opinion, is the power of compounding. What is compounding you ask? Compounding is the process whereby investments make returns, and those returns make returns, and so on. The more time you have, the more “so-on’s” you can add to that sentence, and the bigger and bigger the potential returns get. Albert Einstein once described compound interest as the greatest invention of mankind.

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Happy Independence Day - 2nd Quarter Market Recap

We would like to start our quarterly market update in a different fashion than normal. If you’ve heard someone from our firm talk about our business model, the word ‘independent’ was probably used at least once. As we embark on our 239th year of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, we thought it would be helpful to reiterate our firm’s independence and what that means to our clients.

• We have zero conflicts of interest. When making investments for our clients, our judgment is not clouded by incentives from other parties.

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Evolution of the ETF

According to Wikipedia, an ETF (exchange-traded fund) is, ‘an investment fund traded on stock exchanges, much like stocks. An ETF holds assets such as stocks, commodities, or bonds, and trades close to its net asset value over the course of the trading day. Most ETFs track an index, such as a stock index or bond index.

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1st Quarter Roundup

Just like many of us have labored through a very difficult winter, the financial markets themselves experienced many hazards throughout the first three months of 2014. Stock markets vacillated up and down this quarter as worldly events kept investors unsure about direction and sustainability. Major US stock markets were flat through March, an accomplishment since they rebounded from a five percent correction in January. Overall, international markets were weaker with emerging markets performing the poorest.

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Market Recap, Outlook and Predictions for 2014

Happy New Year! As we step into 2014, reflecting on market trends and the economy of 2013 can provide insight into our investment strategy going forward. In 2013, we saw strong returns in US and Developed International stocks while bonds, precious metals, and emerging markets were weak. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 closed the year at all-time highs.

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Reduce Your Taxes and Improve Your Financial Position

It’s that time of year, again, when our plates are full with holiday parties, giving back to the community and making sure our financial house is in order.  Sometimes the latter is put on the back burner and often forgotten.  Therefore, I thought the following outline would be beneficial to answering this important question, ‘With the end of the year quickly approaching, what are some important tax and financial planning measures we can take to reduce our taxes and improve our financial position?’

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What are Closed-End Funds and Why We Invest In Them

Bargain Hunting is a term everyone is familiar with. Why? Probably because everyone likes taking advantage of a deal, especially a deal of something that you were looking to purchase anyways. If you save a dollar on a purchase then you have an extra dollar to buy something else or perhaps even save.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Stronger economic data, improved corporate earnings and an accommodative Federal Reserve were just a few of the reasons for propelling stocks to all time highs in the first quarter of 2013. Investors in higher risk investments were rewarded, much to the dismay of investment pundits who argued throughout the quarter of lack of reason for the market advance. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ Indices all had impressive returns throughout the first quarter with the first two recording all time highs in the month of March.

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