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01/14/2019

Can the Latest Rally Continue? Investors Look to Earnings for the Answer

The rally in U.S. equities that began on the day after Christmas continued last week, as the S&P 500 climbed 2.5 percent, bringing the total for the rebound to 10.4 percent. Stocks have risen on nine of the twelve trading days throughout this period. Each of the eleven sectors in the index has advanced, but it has been cyclical groups that have led the way, including energy, consumer discretionary, communication services, industrials and technology.
01/10/2019

In Defense of Diversification

Diversification is a time-tested, foundational principle of wealth management. Reduced portfolio volatility and downside loss mitigation are bedrock principles of its value. Yet the further removed we get from the type of market conditions in which diversification reveals its value, the more likely we are to question it. We see this pattern of belief, skepticism and abandonment repeated time and again over market cycles. It seemed that we had, once again, arrived at one of those moments towards the end of last year’s third quarter, just before the start of the recent selloff in stocks. But the severity and speed of the market decline in last year’s fourth quarter seem to have restored some faith in the wisdom of diversification. 
01/07/2019

Investors Embrace Some Good News

The bounce in U.S. equities off the Christmas Eve low now amounts to an impressive 7.7 percent, although the move has certainly been vertiginous, as a 2.5 percent down day in the S&P 500 last Thursday was followed by an almost 3.5 percent gain on Friday. But at week’s end, stocks had climbed 1.9 percent. The big move on Friday came after Federal Reserve Chairman Powell said the Fed would be patient in normalizing monetary policy, temporarily relieving the anxiety of the more skittish Fed watchers.

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