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Investment Shock Absorbers

Ever ridden in a car with worn-out shock absorbers? Every bump is jarring, every corner stomach-churning, and every red light an excuse to assume the brace position. Owning an undiversified portfolio can trigger similar reactions. In a motor vehicle, the suspension system keeps the tires in contact with the road and provides a smooth ride for passengers by offsetting the forces of gravity, propulsion, and inertia. You can drive a car with a broken suspension system, but it will be
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The Folly of Chasing Dividend Yield

Since the “great recession,” interest rates have been considered low by historical standards, and it’s not just a recent phenomenon. Real interest rates and inflation have been in decline since the 1980s. While this trend has been a potential boon to borrowers, it’s been a source of irritation to savers and retirees trying to live on the income from their investment portfolios. What’s an investor to do? For some, the temptation to chase yield is strong. Dividend-paying stocks offer more
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Q4 2016 Headlines and Performance

The following youtube videos, Making Sense of Markets- Headlines and Making Sense of Markets- Performance, accompany our “Q4 2016 Investment Committee Briefing and Performance Report” article.

Q4 2016 Investment Committee Briefing and Performance Report

Without question the biggest story of the fourth quarter, in fact all of 2016, was the U.S. presidential election. Regardless of your political leaning, it is a fair bet that market performance during and after the election qualifies as what market analysts like to call “an unanticipated event.” In this fourth quarter briefing we will briefly examine how the presidential election seemed to reverse a slight decline of recent highs for the stock market (and also to accelerate declines in
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