2019 Q4 Review and Outlook

January 14, 2020

The stock market (and almost every other financial market) finished the decade with a bang, as stocks (as measured by the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF – VTI) increased 30.7% in 2019, the total U.S. bond market (as measured by the US Aggregate Bond ETF – AGG) returned 8.5% and a 60% stock/40% bond portfolio…

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2019 Q3 Review and Outlook

October 15, 2019

Though full of sound and fury, the stock market signified very little in the third quarter. Despite an inverted yield curve, which is traditionally seen as a recession signal, escalating trade tensions with China and movement toward impeachment, stocks gained an unremarkable 1.7%.    (link below)

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Ask a Trust Officer: Elderly Parents

September 10, 2019

DEAR TRUST OFFICER: My parents are retired, living in another state.  They have a sizeable investment portfolio and are financially comfortable. However, as they are getting older, they are having trouble keeping up with their paperwork.  Last year they were late in making tax payments, very unlike them.  I would help them, but I just…

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Choice of Trustee

August 9, 2019

Trust-based wealth management plans are growing in popularity.  According to one recent survey, more than half of families whose wealth exceeds $5 million already employ a trust for asset management.  More than a third of families whose wealth falls into the $1 million to $5 million range have a trust. The success of a trust…

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2019 Q2 Review and Outlook

July 12, 2019

The second quarter of 2019 was signified by a lot of ups and downs and ended higher than where it started – which is pretty much the story of the last twelve months, only on a smaller scale.  (link below)

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2019 Q1 Review and Outlook

April 29, 2019

Optimism returned to the markets during the first quarter, following the broad selloff and negative sentiment that struck investors at the close of 2018. The rebound generated the highest quarterly returns in a decade, with the S&P 500 delivering a 13.7% total return year to date and 17.2% since the previous low on 12/24. Global…

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2018 Q4 Review and Outlook

January 11, 2019

The year 2018 was proclaimed by a finance media that is more adept at coining catchy phrases than giving level-headed advice as the “year when nothing worked”. What a difference a quarter can make in the performance of equity markets…          

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Should you really do nothing amid all this market volatility? It depends on your age. (CNBC)

December 26, 2018

Even with stocks careening toward bear market territory, default advice from many money experts is often to do nothing. However, in the face of some serious market volatility, it might prove helpful to turn your attention to your own timeline… We invite you to clink on the link below to view article. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/20/should-you-do-nothing-amid-market-volatility-it-depends-on-your-age.html    …

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