Rates on the Rise

At their December 14th meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee raised the federal funds target rate to between 0.50% and 0.75%. The 25 basis point increase was widely expected by financial market participants.

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Laura Kuntz
Investment Strategies, Post Election

I grew up in rural Wisconsin, on a dairy farm, working 65 hours per week in the summer and 40 during the school year milking cows, planting & harvesting crops, etc. (I was the second oldest of nine children, and my older sister had special needs – my family needed the labor).

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Laura Kuntz
Party Like It's 1999

Remember the whole panic surrounding Y2K? Now, sixteen years later, while we can no longer party with Prince, these same market tops have converged again.

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Laura Kuntz
Update on Brexit

The U.K. has voted to leave the European Union in an unprecedented move. In a somewhat surprising move, the decision to “Brexit” recorded 51.9% of the votes from the overall turnout of 72% of U.K. voters.

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Joe Downes
A Raymond James Update

Raymond James was recently fined $17 million by FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) for lapses in its anti-money laundering (AML) processes occurring in 2011-2014.

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Laura Kuntz
Equity Markets Spring Forward in March

Just three months ago, investors harbored concerns about declining oil prices, an economic slowdown in China, and the tumult wrought on domestic equity markets. While concerns still remain, they’ve been tempered in recent weeks.

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Laura Kuntz
No Zombies!

Many of us are aware of the stock market volatility we’ve experienced thus far in 2016, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping -10% from January 1st to February 11th.

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Laura Kuntz