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Lower Valuations Offer Long-Term Opportunity

On January 8, 2019, Posted by , In Weekly Market Commentary, With No Comments

This week, we look at stock valuations to try to gauge the potential opportunity for stocks. Amid the dizzying volatility and news cycle that investors have had to deal with lately, it can be difficult for many investors to take a step back and see beyond the daily headlines. We…

A Wild Week in Review

On January 8, 2019, Posted by , In Weekly Economic Commentary, With No Comments

Economic data has been under a microscope since the Federal Reserve (Fed) emphasized its allegiance to data dependency after raising interest rates in December. The Fed’s rate hike and Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s post-meeting press conference rhetoric spooked investors, who have been bombarded with negative headlines about trade, geopolitical squabbles,…

01-04-2019 Weekly Bottom Line

On January 8, 2019, Posted by , In Weekly Bottom Line, With No Comments

The New Year came with baggage from the old for thousands of federal employees caught in the middle of a budget tug-of-war between Congress and the White House that has led to a partial government shutdown. The volatility in stock markets continued early last week as a slew of weaker-than-expected…

2019 Market Outlook Reassurance

On January 3, 2019, Posted by , In Videos, With No Comments

Market Fears and Economic Realities

On January 3, 2019, Posted by , In Weekly Economic Commentary, With No Comments

Market participants’ evaluation of increasing policy uncertainty has contributed to sharp equity market declines over the last quarter. The list of issues raising concerns has been broad: the Federal Reserve (Fed); trade policy; looming Brexit deadlines; lack of a fiscal response to slowing growth abroad; worries about a slowing fiscal…

That Sure Felt Like a Bear

On January 3, 2019, Posted by , In Weekly Market Commentary, With No Comments

While technically not a bear market, it sure felt like one. From its September 20 high through Christmas Eve, the S&P 500 Index fell 19.8%, including a more than 7% one-week (December 14–21) decline unmatched since the 2008–09 financial crisis. Should the S&P 500 end the month where it closed…

ACT Advisors Winter Newsletter 2018

On December 18, 2018, Posted by , In Newsletters, With No Comments

Our winter newsletter is here! In this issue: In My Grandfather’s Footsteps on the Western Front: A special multi-page feature article from former ACT Advisor, Sarah Barnhill, detailing her adventure retracing her grandfather’s footsteps from World War 1.  ACT Advisors Community Award Recipients Traveling Tote Winner and 2019 Theme Announcement…

Talk to Your Family About Your Estate Plan

On December 11, 2018, Posted by , In Videos, With No Comments

This holiday season, take time to talk to your family about your financial decisions and how your estate plan involves them. Our secure online digital Vault can make this easier. Talk to us to see how we can help.

Retest

On December 11, 2018, Posted by , In Weekly Market Commentary, With No Comments

We view last week’s market decline as a retest of the October–November lows. The S&P 500 Index fell 4.6% last week, leaving the index in line with the low of the autumn correction and 10% off the September highs. Losses were driven primarily by three issues: the risk that U.S.-China…

U.S.-China Trade Deal, One Week Later

On December 11, 2018, Posted by , In Weekly Economic Commentary, With No Comments

While the broad outline of a negotiating period was a positive takeaway from the trade agreement between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit, details remain elusive. Headlines following the meeting signaled a meaningful cooling of tensions as the Trump administration put a hold on further tariff…