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What’s on our mind? You can read about it in our blog. Whether it’s ideas from the industry or emerging trends, you can read about it here. And once in a while, we may throw in a movie review or some other surprise. So keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along.

Friday, December 6, 2019

The U.S. job market bounced back in November. Nonfarm payrolls increased 266,000 last month, a 10-month high and well above consensus estimates for a 180,000 gain. September and October payrolls were also revised up by 41,000....

Thursday, November 7, 2019

“An object in motion tends to remain in motion along a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force.” Sir Isaac Newton What a year it has been for the bulls. The S&P 500 Index recently made four more new highs, and...

Monday, October 28, 2019

Financial BlogOctober 24, 2019 A U.S.-China trade truce wasn’t enough to spark global manufacturing activity in October. Manufacturing activity around the world remains sluggish despite trade progress, according to preliminary...

Thursday, October 24, 2019

“Everything is awesome, when you’re living out a dream.” The Lego Movie As the S&P 500 Index continues to flirt with new record highs, something under the surface is taking place that is making 2019 extremely special....

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

“The economy, stupid” — Phrase campaign strategist James Carville used to help Bill Clinton get elected in 1992. As Carville noted ahead of the 1992 election, the recession in 1990 and 1991 was top of mind for many...

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Well, that wasn’t the start to the fourth quarter that the bulls wanted. The S&P 500 Index has dropped at least 1% on consecutive days to start the fourth quarter for the first time in history. It was down about 3% after two days...

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced last week that she would support an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. We’ve received many requests from our LPL advisors asking what exactly this may mean for the stock...

Monday, September 30, 2019

Recent stress in the short-term repurchasing (repo) market has raised concerns about a potential “liquidity crisis” in the financial system. As shown in the LPL Chart of the Day, interest rates on repo market agreements...

Friday, September 20, 2019

September is historically known as one of the worst for stocks, yet in 2019 the S&P 500 Index is up 2.7% so far amid a sea of scary headlines. Incredibly, the S&P 500 has wavered less than 0.1% from its previous close 6 of the past 10...

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sticking near 3,000. U.S. stocks are slightly higher in early trading, as the S&P 500 Index appears set to test the July 26 all-time closing high at 3,025. Despite potential market-moving events, volatility has been largely absent from...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

It used to be, investors seeking steady income turned exclusively to bonds, whose regular interest payments provided a dependable income source, especially for retirees. But times have changed. With many retirements today lasting 30...

Monday, September 9, 2019

August Market Recap -What is Going On? We saw a strong first half of 2019, but as the summer comes to an end, it’s important to look at how the current political market might affect the rest of the year and beyond. Between...

Friday, June 21, 2019

Ancient Chinese merchants are said to have developed a unique way to manage their risk. They would divide their shipments among several different vessels. That way, if one ship were to sink or be attacked by pirates, the rest stood a...