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The January Effect: Does it Matter in 2019?

What does history tell us and how should investors react? The January Effect The January Effect is a pattern exhibited by stocks in the last few trading days of December and the first few weeks of January. During this period, particularly starting in January, the theory is that stocks tend to rise.  In simple terms, the January Effect is a consequence of: Tax-loss selling, in which inves...

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Could a Recession be Just Around the Corner?

The U.S. economy is growing at the fastest pace in five years, American companies are earning record profits and unemployment is at the lowest level in almost half a century. So why are Wall Street and some economists suddenly worried about a recession? Financial markets in particular have been signaling that trouble is brewing. The Standard & Poor’s 500, which tracks the biggest U.S. co...

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Do Oil Prices Indicate Market Trends for 2019?

Or an example of randomness inherent in all investment markets? The price of a barrel of oil plummeted from $76 in October 2018 to under $50 a month later. And the reasons for the price drop are the topic of conversations everywhere. Is it because the Farmer’s Almanac is calling for mild winter months? Is a global economic slowdown in store for 2019? Or are we producing more? Or less? Lo...

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Borrowers to See New FICO Scoring System

Goal is to account for a borrower’s cash transactions and banking history When it comes to our credit score, Americans are doing better than ever. Since bottoming out with an average FICO Score of 686 in October 2009 – one year after the stock market crash of 2008 – scores have risen steadily since, including for the past 8 years. Currently, the average FICO score in the U.S. has reached...

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