December 2018 Market Commentary

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$1.99, $1.94, $1.98 gasoline prices at the pump!  Did we just flashback to the early 2000’s?  These low prices are the result of oil’s 33% plummet in just the past two months.  Nevertheless, this seems to be a nice early gift for this holiday season!  If these low prices persist, this could provide a boost… Read more »

November 2018 Market Commentary

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October was a brutal month for markets around the globe with concerns about global growth, escalating trade tensions, rising interest rates and the upcoming mid-term elections.  Domestic stocks faced pressure with the S&P 500 down almost -7%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average almost -5% and small cap stocks nearly -11% for the month.  International stock… Read more »

October 2018 Market Commentary

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Falling leaves, pumpkins, mums, harvest, pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider, postseason baseball (not for the Reds), and Big Ten football play are all signs of fall.  As the seasons change and the third quarter closes, we pause to review. Domestic stocks rallied with the strongest quarterly return in almost five years with a +7.2% gain. … Read more »

September 2018 Market Commentary

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  We just surpassed a major milestone for the domestic stock market!  This current bull market is now the longest in history, depending on who you ask.  Bull markets generally occur when the stock market realizes a 20% or more gain without a corresponding 20% loss.  Bear markets, on the other hand, are characterized by… Read more »

August 2018 Market Commentary

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  One of the most common ways investors differentiate stocks is based on their value or growth characteristics.  Value stocks, often times are priced lower than the broader market and pay dividends back to their shareholders.  Growth companies, on the other hand, are typically priced much higher, exhibit much higher earnings growth and reinvest their… Read more »