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A holiday Report

Stock and bond markets are closed today in observance of Martin Luther King’s Birthday. We will be back to trading tomorrow. As earnings season kicks off we begin 2018, looking at one of the key drivers of long-term stock performance: profits. 2017 was the first year since 2010 to see positive earnings growth in the…

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Earnings growth

Earnings growth is poised for double-digit increases in 2018, in both the U.S. as well as developed international and emerging markets. The credit for the increase in the U.S. is not surprisingly given to the new tax law. The U.S. earnings season begins today with reports from several big banks. Consensus is calling for a…

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Four new flavors

The Labor Department said U.S. import prices edged up 0.1% in December, their smallest increase in five months. In 2017 import prices increased 3.0% after advancing 1.9% percent in 2016. That was the biggest calendar year increase since 2011. The Mortgage Bankers Association says total application volume rose 8.3% last week. Refinance applications were up…

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An all-time record setter

The NFIB reports that its latest Small Business Optimism index remained in the stratosphere for all of 2017, making last year an all-time record setter. NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan said, “2017 was the most remarkable year in the 45-year history of the NFIB Optimism Index. … With a massive tax cut this year,…

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Five new highs to start 2018

Five new highs to start 2018. The S&P 500 closed higher for the fifth straight day to kick off 2018, with all five days also making new highs. This is the longest win streak to start a new year since six in a row in 2010, while it is closing in on the all-time record…

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Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor

1. How do you get paid? Tell me all the direct and indirect compensation you receive. 2. Are you a fiduciary? Explain to me why or why not. 3. Do you take discretion on my account? 4. If I look on brokercheck.org what would I find out about you? 5. Do you use proprietary investment…

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