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Equity Markets

Market Volatility Can Test the Resolve of Investors Who React Emotionally

Some Perspective on Market Volatility

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Before the brief ten percent market correction that began on January 26th and ended on February 8th, domestic equity (stock) markets enjoyed the longest period of market calm in history.  Prior to the recent period of volatility, the S&P 500 had not retreated by 3% over one day or several days since November 4, 2016.  The streak shattered the previous…

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Over one, five and ten year periods over 80% of actively-managed funds under-perform their benchmarks.

Active Managers Trounced Again in First Quarter of 2016

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Volatile markets are generally viewed as a prime opportunity for active managers to shine and demonstrate their stock-picking and market-timing skills and prowess.  Equity markets don’t get much more volatile than they were in the first quarter of 2016, but the investment results for active managers were disappointing. How volatile did equity markets get?  Well, consider that the S&P 500…

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March Madness wasn't just about the basketball games.

March Madness!

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One of the greatest spectacles in American sports is the NCAA basketball tournament that commences in March and crowns a champion in early April.  The tournament has grown greatly in popularity over the last two decades leading to a huge increase in participation in office betting pools and online bracket contests, even among the most casual fans.  The loss of…

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