April 2016 Market Update

April 13, 2016 The first quarter of 2016 was anything but dull.  The markets began the year in free-fall as the S&P 500 lost 10.5% during the first six weeks of the year.  A major smaller-company index known as the Russell 2000 declined 16% over the same time period.   The decline scared a lot of…

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March 2016 Market Update

  March 11, 2016 The environment surrounding the market has changed dramatically from one month ago.  At that time, the major market indices had declined substantially from their June 2015 highs.  You may also remember that small-company shares were in a bear market, which is defined by a decline of 20% or more.  The price…

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February 2016 Market Update

  As of today, the major market indices have declined between 13 and 27% from their highs in June 2015, with smaller-company stocks faring worse than larger companies.  In fact, the decline of 27% for small-company stocks represents a bear market.  There are various reasons being discussed for the declines ranging from the collapse in…

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January 2016 Market Update

Market Update The market is off to a rough start for 2016.  This is not a great way to start the year, and it follows a weak December.  The latest decline is apparently the result of geopolitical tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.  North Korea’s H-bomb news is also contributing.  China also published lower-than-expected manufacturing…

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