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Part Two: A Look Back on 2017- The Year of Political Discord and Market Harmony

In part two of his blog, Daniel continues his assessment of the global discord and the markets that continue to push higher. From the ever dangerous global political tensions to the rise of “Crypto-Currency”, 2017 was never short of interesting, albeit sometime sad news. While news headlines are meant to be attention grabbing, sometimes lost in the back-pages was the global equity market’s continued ascension.

Part One: A Look Back on 2017- The Year of Political Discord and Market Harmony

In our latest blog, we take a look back at the financial developments in the first two quarters of 2017. Join us as we dive into the key global news stories and the correlating shifts in the markets.

Where do we stand?

“We may not know where we’re going, but we sure as heck ought to know where we stand” is an oft-uttered refrain from the legendary investor Howard Marks. In this blog, Michael Godwin, manager of portfolio strategy, walks us through Marks' six options for investing in a low-return world and also discusses economic growth, the “hated rally”, interest rates and more!

The Client Experience

The term “The Client Experience” is a trendy phrase. You hear this phrase in all industries, such as coffee shops, car dealerships, tech companies and… Read more

School Is In Session

School is back in session! No matter what age your child may be, it is never too early to start planning for their future. According… Read more

Consensus Trades

No matter how logical the original prediction was, consensus trades often seem to end up being unprofitable. One has to ask, how can so much… Read more

The No.1 Rule of Teaching Kids About Saving: Start Early

The first thing my 9-year-old son does when he gets birthday or Christmas money is jump on Amazon or leaf through toy catalogues to see… Read more

Ask Your Portfolio Professional

  Fragasso’s Portfolio Management Department is a team of seasoned professionals that establish allocation guidelines and provide asset class recommendations to help build our clients’… Read more

Understanding The Family Benefits of Social Security

Social Security is typically thought of as a supplemental retirement income stream. It can be much more than that in times of critical need. A… Read more

How 3 Trump Policy Stances Have Resulted in Strong Market Performance

How 3 Trump Policy Stances Have Resulted in Strong Market Performance    Have You Set Your Financial Goals for the New Year? (Resolutions Don’t Work,… Read more

A Look Back on 2016- The Year of the Recast-Part 2

July In July 2016, average global temperatures were the warmest on record for any month in the last hundred years or so. The previous record… Read more

A look Back on 2016-The Year of the Recast-Part 1

The year began with a new focus, and an unfortunate focus on the country’s water supply. Residents of Flint, Michigan are furious that water from… Read more

Have You Set Your Financial Goals for the New Year? (Resolutions Don’t Work, But Goals do.)

A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that… Read more

Shopping Mistakes to Avoid this Holiday Season

With the holidays just a few weeks away its time to think about the shopping season again. It’s hard to believe that we embarked on… Read more

Retirement Plan Success Series: Part 4: Investment Decisions and Canaries

“Too many investment options,” “underperformance,” “retail share class,” “inappropriate benchmarks.” This is just a sampling of claims made in a rash of lawsuits filed within… Read more

Optimism Reigns Supreme in U.S. Equity Markets

Don’t confuse the equity market rise with positive fundamentals from stocks. Since 2013 earnings for the S&P 500 have gone from $107.3 to $113.01 to… Read more