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April 2020 Investment Commentary

The Markets (as of market close April 30, 2020) April began on a sour note for stocks as each of the indexes listed here lost value. Economic reports reflected the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. There were more than 700,000 jobs lost in March while total claims for unemployment insurance benefits soared to nearly 18 million. A cut in production didn’t prevent crude oil prices from hitting negative numbers…

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Q1 2020 Investment Commentary

Investment Market Report (April 1, 2020) You may not feel like being congratulated, but congratulations are in order. You have managed to live through the worst first quarter on record in the U.S. investment markets. To put it mildly, the decade is not off to a good start. You also endured the fastest, longest, hardest roller coaster ride in market history, as measured by the VIX volatility index. Basically, that…

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February 2020 Investment Commentary

The Markets (as of market close February 28, 2020) With a growing number of countries reporting new cases of the coronavirus, the obvious spread of this dreaded virus prompted a massive panic sell-off, the likes of which haven’t been seen since 2008. Investors’ fears of widespread economic tumult caused by the coronavirus were too much to ignore, despite last Friday’s statement from Fed chairman Jerome Powell that the central bank…

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January 2020 Investment Commentary

The Markets (as of market close January 31, 2020) January was full of ups and downs as investors rode a wave of uncertainty. The month began with many of the benchmark indexes listed here losing value (except for the Nasdaq) only to surge ahead during the middle of the month. However, fears that a widespread outbreak of the coronavirus would impact global economic growth pushed investors away from stocks, which…

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