Market Update for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2019

Strong June leads to positive quarter for markets

June was a great month for stocks. The S&P 500 gained 7.05 percent, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) returned 7.31 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite rose by 7.51 percent. We also saw gains for the quarter: 4.30 percent for the S&P 500, 3.21 percent for the DJIA, and 3.87 percent for the Nasdaq.

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A Solution to the Password Problem

Whether you’re looking to make a New Year’s resolution or you’re simply trying to implement some information security best practices, you would be well served to start using a password manager. Why?

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2019 Midyear Outlook: A Story of Headlines Vs. Fundamentals

At the end of last year, the big question was, “Will 2019 bring the end of the recovery?” All of the data seemed to point to an answer of “Not yet.” And so far, that answer still holds. The big picture suggests growth is likely to continue for the rest of the year, which should, in turn, support the financial markets. But there’s more to the story . . .

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Buy-Sell Agreements: What Every Business Owner Should Know

As a business owner, you focus your time and energy on the growth and daily operation of your business. Consequently, it can be challenging to find the time to think about its long-term future. But having a plan in place to ensure the continuity of your business should anything happen to you is essential. For many business owners, this plan involves setting up a buy-sell agreement. 

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Market Update for the Month Ending May 31, 2019

Markets Hit Turbulence in May

After four months of rising stock markets, we finally saw a decline in May. The S&P 500 declined by 6.35 percent, the Nasdaq Composite lost 7.79 percent, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 6.32 percent. Still, levels remain above where we were at the start of the year. 

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Recession on the Horizon? Not So Fast

Recently, the markets have experienced another round of volatility as the worries seem to be piling up. Tech stocks struggled on the news that Washington will be taking a hard look at regulating them. Concerns over a trade war continue to reverberate throughout the market. And the yield curve remains inverted, escalating fears of a more severe slowdown. Further, the Nasdaq moved into correction territory (i.e., a decline of more than 10 percent from the peak), although it has shown signs of a strong bounce (as of this writing).

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