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April
03

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Earthquake in southeast Missouri serves as reminder New Madrid Seismic Zone is active

Missouri’s 2015 earthquake survey shows more than 80 percent of residents in seismic zone lack earthquake insurance [From the Missouri Department of Insurance] A magnitude 3.6 earthquake that struck southeast Missouri Wednesday night illustrates the need for earthquake insurance coverage, even as the market for it continues to contract, raising concerns about affordability and accessibility….

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May
12

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Sell in May and go away?

Is ‘May Go Away’ for real and what do we do about it? There is a perception that the summer months are notoriously poor for equity markets. The reality is a little different—while they’re not quite ‘as good’ as the late fall and winter months, negative returns haven’t been the rule, either. The chart below…

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March
31

Provided by: Jon McGraw

What is the status of the Ukraine situation? How could the various outcomes affect portfolios?

As with any geopolitical conflict, this is a fluid situation, with plenty of speculation. As we outlined a few weeks ago, the Russians have a vested interest in securing their military and economic interests in this part of the world, including a warm-water port for the Russian navy fleet, a clear path for natural gas…

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March
02

Provided by: Jon McGraw

What’s up with Bitcoin?

We don’t often mention currencies specifically (especially synthetic currencies) but Bitcoin was the recipient of some unusual news last week. The news was specifically focused on the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange in Tokyo, which appeared to be hacked and lost 750,000 ‘coins’ worth upwards of a half billion dollars and has declared bankruptcy as a…

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November
25

Provided by: Jon McGraw

We’ve certainly had a decent run in U.S. equities. Aren’t things expensive?

We brought up this same question back in August, and markets have just continued higher from that point. That’s really the issue with trying to time markets and waiting to invest when things ‘feel’ better. Too many investors fall prey to this consistently: waiting until every problem in the world has been solved is usually…

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