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The Crude Reality of Oil’s Bear Market

On November 20, 2018, Posted by , In Weekly Market Commentary, With No Comments

Oil has garnered a lot of attention from market watchers in recent weeks after entering a bear market and posting a record 12-day losing streak from October 29 through November 13 that left the commodity 27% off its recent high. It has been a frustrating year for energy investors because…

Economic Takeaways from the Brexit Deal

On November 20, 2018, Posted by , In Weekly Economic Commentary, With No Comments

Political tensions in Europe are flaring up again—this time over Brexit. As shown in the LPL Chart of the Day, the British pound and the euro both dropped to the lowest levels since June 2017 after the U.K. government agreed last week on a proposed plan for the country to…

11-16-18 Weekly Bottom Line

On November 20, 2018, Posted by , In Weekly Bottom Line, With No Comments

Equity markets were volatile again last week as concerns over global growth remained top of mind for investors. Economic data continues to point to solid economic growth stateside, with little signs that global weakness has caught on domestically. Inflation data for October showed a relatively benign picture. While the headline…

Happy Thanksgiving from ACT Advisors!

On November 19, 2018, Posted by , In Doug English,Videos, With No Comments

5 Questions to Ask Your Advisor ~ How do you help clients minimize risk?

On November 13, 2018, Posted by , In Videos,Wes Johnson CFP®, With No Comments

Wes Johnson, CFP® discusses five questions that you should be asking when you’re choosing a financial advisor. Today’s question: How do you help clients minimize risk?

Midterm Takeaways

On November 13, 2018, Posted by , In Weekly Market Commentary, With No Comments

In last week’s midterm election, Republicans held onto the Senate and the Democrats claimed control of the House, bringing potential gridlock to Congress. This week we discuss some investment implications, including highlighting the positive seasonal tailwinds now in place for stocks. We also discuss potential winners and losers at the…

Trade Check-In

On November 13, 2018, Posted by , In Weekly Economic Commentary, With No Comments

The U.S.-China trade dispute has carried on for about eight months, with no agreement in sight. To date, the U.S. has imposed tariffs on about $250 billion in Chinese goods, representing about half of what the U.S. imported from China last year. In turn, China has retaliated with its own…

11-09-18 Weekly Bottom Line

On November 13, 2018, Posted by , In Weekly Bottom Line, With No Comments

Between the midterm elections and a Fed rate decision there was plenty of news last week. But after the dust settled there was very little new information. In the midterm elections, Democrats gained a majority in the House of Representatives, and Republicans tightened their grip on the Senate. A divided…

The Bright Side

On November 6, 2018, Posted by , In Weekly Market Commentary, With No Comments

“It is always darkest just before the day dawneth.” Thomas Fuller | English theologian and historian The quote above is better known today as “It is always the darkest just before dawn.” Well, October was one of the worst months we’ve seen in years for stocks, but we see a…

Rising Wages and the U.S. Economy

On November 6, 2018, Posted by , In Weekly Economic Commentary, With No Comments

U.S. wage growth has been one of the most highly scrutinized economic trends recently. Investors watch average hourly earnings and employment cost data to gauge inflationary pressures, as wages represent up to 70% of business costs, and the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) dual mandate includes achieving stable prices. So far, wage…