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Market Month: February 2019

March 5, 2019

Each of the benchmark indexes listed here posted positive monthly gains, led by the Russell 2000, which lapped the field after gaining over 5.0% for the month.

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Market Month: February 2018

March 5, 2018

Despite some positive economic signs, rising consumer confidence, and favorable corporate earnings reports, February marked the end of the 10-month winning streak for the benchmark indexes listed here.

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Quarterly Market Review: January-March 2017

March 31, 2017

Riding the momentum following the presidential election, stocks surged for much of the first quarter of 2017. Buoyed by the anticipation of tax cuts and policies favorable to domestic businesses, the benchmark indices listed here reached historic highs throughout the quarter.

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Market Month: April 2017

April 28, 2017

Equities continued their positive trend in April, spurred by favorable corporate earnings reports, proposed federal tax cuts and positive economic signals overseas.

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Am I Insurable?

May 24, 2017

Certain factors can hurt life insurance eligibility and affect costs. Learn what they are and how you may still qualify.

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Quarterly Market Review: July-September 2016

October 20, 2016

The second quarter provided a bumpy ride for investors. Following the upheaval caused by the Brexit vote in June, July kicked off the third quarter by ending the month in favorable fashion, as each of the indexes listed here posted month-to-month gains, led by the Russell 2000 (5.90%) and the Nasdaq (6.60%).

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Market Month, August 2016

September 21, 2016

With no Federal Open Market Committee meeting and little news to jar the markets, the lazy, hazy days of August seemed to lull investors into a state of lethargy.

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Balance Risk and Rewards in Your Portfolio

July 21, 2016

In investing, as in life, risk and reward travel hand in hand. When investing, you don't want to avoid risk; instead, you need to manage it. Choosing the right asset allocation can help you balance risk and reward in your investments.

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Market Month, May 2016

June 3, 2016

Following an up-and-down path similar to what occurred in April, the indexes listed here ultimately closed the month of May higher (except for the Global Dow).

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Market Month: April 2016

April 29, 2016

Despite a poor close to the month, the indexes listed here improved in April (with the exception of the Nasdaq) compared to their March closing values–but not by much.

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Quarterly Market Review, January-March 2016

April 7, 2016

The first quarter of 2016 started with a whimper as equities suffered several weeks of losses. However, as March came to a close, several of the indexes listed here recovered enough to finish the quarter in positive territory.

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Market Month, February 2016

February 29, 2016

Following steep declines in January and a rocky start to February, equities rebounded by the end of the month to finish close to their ending values from the prior month.

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Quarterly Market Review, April-June 2016

June 30, 2016

In the world of equities, the second quarter of the year was anything but dull. April saw the large-cap S&P 500 and Dow make marginal gains, with the small-cap Russell 2000 and the Global Dow leading the way for the month.

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Understanding Order Types Can Save Time and Money

September 16, 2016

When you place an order to buy or sell securities, you may get more or less than you expect. In some cases, a price quote may not exactly match what you pay for securities. Quotes may be delayed. Trades take time to execute. In highly volatile markets, millions of shares can trade in microseconds, causing price swings.

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Market Month, January 2016

January 31, 2016

The start of 2016 for the equities markets may be described as rocky at best. Stunted by receding oil prices and a plummeting Chinese stock market, January began with stocks hitting the skids in a big way.

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Annual Market Review 2015

January 29, 2016

Volatility may best describe the equities markets for the majority of 2015, as they were impacted by economic stress in China and Greece, coupled with underwhelming corporate earnings reports, falling oil prices and terrorist attacks here and abroad.

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Market Month: November 2015

November 30, 2015

November saw equities markets follow October's gains, although not nearly at the same pace. Amid favorable jobs reports, moderate GDP growth, and increased consumer income, coupled with an apparent easing of economic concerns in China, conditions appeared ripe for a strong November in equities trading.

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Market Month: October 2015

October 30, 2015

October proved to be a month filled with highs and lows in the equities markets. But in the end, all of the indexes listed here posted gains over their closing values in September.

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Market Month: August 2015

August 31, 2015

Despite favorable economic news later in the month, the U.S. stock market was unable to recover all of its losses and closed in negative territory compared to July. Key factors in the downturn include fear that China's economy is weakening, the steep drop in the price of oil, lackluster corporate earnings reports, and the potential for an imminent interest rate hike. Each of the major market indexes listed here dropped between 6% and 7.50% for the month.

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Quarterly Market Review: April-July 2015

August 28, 2015

As winter weather finally lost its chokehold on the U.S. economy, investors grew increasingly comfortable with the Federal Reserve's slow-and-steady approach to determine when to raise short-term interest rates.

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Market Month: July 2015

July 31, 2015

Despite a generally sluggish economy, some mundane corporate earnings reports, the Greek debt crisis, and China's stock market upheaval, the stock markets posted moderate gains, for the most part.

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Market Month: April 2015

April 30, 2015

Investors seemed to take their emotional cue from a spate of mixed earnings results and economic data, waffling between enthusiasm and caution throughout the month. The Nasdaq finally recouped the losses it incurred during the technology crash 15 years ago, hitting a new record high during the third week of April.

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Quarterly Market Review: January-March 2015

March 31, 2015

Volatility continued to rule the domestic equities markets. After losing ground in January, the major indices had a strong February. March saw early losses, then solid gains, with the Dow industrials, S&P 500, and Russell 2000 all hitting closing highs, and the Nasdaq closing above 5000 for the first time in 15 years, just shy of its all-time high.

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