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June 2018 Market Update

June 20, 2018

Written by Brian Johnson, CIO Summary: We’re watching volatility levels carefully, as they are a key indicator that a correction may be afoot in equities markets.  At present, volatility is elevated but not alarmingly so. The historically low volatility in equities markets that we experienced in 2017 has, as expected, returned to “normal” in 2018.…

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Investing in Bonds

June 11, 2012
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Bonds may not be as glamorous as stocks or commodities, but they are a significant component of most investment portfolios. Bonds are traded in huge volumes every day, but their full usefulness is often underappreciated and underestimated. Why invest in bonds? Bonds can help diversify your investment portfolio. Interest payments from bonds can act as…

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Five Ways to Help Measure Investment Risk

June 29, 2011

Investors who are concerned about market volatility should examine their investment choices from all angles when constructing a portfolio — evaluating not only return, but risk too. There are a variety of risk measures that may come in handy. Of course, numbers don’t tell the whole story, but they may help you determine whether owning…

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Meet the Education Challenge: Planning for Tomorrow's Tuition Costs

September 17, 2010
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Many parents dream of the day their child strides to the stage to receive a college diploma. On the other hand, many parents dread the day that college tuition bills arrive. Despite steep tuition costs, however, a college education may be a sound investment that’s within the reach of many families. All it takes is…

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