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April
03

Written by: Your Family CFO Team

Happy 8th Birthday!

Toward the end of the first quarter, the bull market celebrated its eighth birthday. David Kelly, Chief Global Strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management wrote: “Eight years ago, on March 9, 2009, the S&P 500 closed at 677, down 57 percent from where it had been just 18 months earlier. 10-year Treasury yields had fallen…

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March
27

Written by: Your Family CFO Team

Markets Hate Uncertainty

Failure to pass the American Healthcare Act, which was supported by Republican leaders in Congress and President Trump, may have spooked U.S. stock markets last week. In an article titled, “How To Make Investing Decisions Based On Politics: Don’t,” Nasdaq.com reported controversy over the bill was “raising questions about [Republicans’] ability to focus on and…

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March
20

Written by: Your Family CFO Team

Three Steps and No Stumble…

Technical analyst Edson Gould developed a market rule of thumb known as ‘three steps and a stumble.’ It states stock prices may fall after the Federal Reserve (Fed) raises the Fed funds rate three times in a row without a decline, according to Market Technicians Association. The idea is three increases show the Fed is…

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March
17

Written by: Your Family CFO Team

Are you nearing 65 and would like some help with Medicare decisions?

Buttonwood Financial Group℠ has a relationship with a certified Medicare Benefits Counselor, who assists with claims and enrollments into Medicare Part D & Advantage Plans.  Annual enrollment period starts in mid-October and ends in early-December, but you can meet before the enrollment period to review your personal situation.  Another benefit they provide is assisting individuals…

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March
13

Written by: Your Family CFO Team

Rate Hike Ahead… Maybe

Last week’s U.S. employment report was better than expected. The United States added 235,000 jobs in February, which was a few more than economists had forecast. It may seem counterintuitive, but the positive economic data helped push U.S. stock markets lower. The jobs report was a sign the American economy continues to be strong and…

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March
06

Written by: Your Family CFO Team

Grand Slam!

Major U.S. stock markets were positively euphoric following President Trump’s speech on February 28. Optimism about the new administration’s pro-growth policies propelled the four major U.S. stock indices to record highs, despite a dearth of policy details, reported Financial Times. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why stocks have moved so far, so quickly. However, it…

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February
27

Written by: BFG Editor

Dow Finishes at a Record High

Once upon a time, five blind men discovered an elephant. Each man examined a different part of the elephant and formed a unique impression about the animal. One believed an elephant was like a pillar, while another decided an elephant was like a snake. In recent weeks, stock and bond markets have been telling different…

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February
13

Written by: Jon McGraw

A ‘Phenomenal’ Week for the Markets

What’s the word ‘phenomenal’ worth? It all depends on who says it. Barron’s shared Wilshire Associates’ calculations which indicated the word was worth about $175 billion – the amount markets gained last Thursday – when President Trump used it to describe the tax plan his administration will deliver “ahead of schedule.” Markets gained another $100…

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February
06

Written by: Jon McGraw

U.S. Stock Markets Were Unsettled Last Week…

President Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries to the United States for 90 days, in tandem with some disappointing earnings reports, inspired turmoil and uncertainty that helped push U.S. stock markets lower early in the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped below 20,000. Mid-week, markets remained sanguine after the Federal…

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January
30

Written by: Jon McGraw

A Historic Moment for U.S. Stock Markets

The Dow Jones Industrial Average surpassed 20,000 last week. Barron’s cautioned investors not to make too much of the milestone since, “There are only 30 stocks in the index so each one carries a lot of weight.” Regardless of the significance of the Dow’s move, U.S. stock markets generally were upbeat about President Trump’s first…

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