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2017 First Quarter Report
Are we in the late stages of a bull market-that time when the market suddenly takes off like a rocket for no apparent reason?

Over the last eight years, the S&P 500 index has returned more than 300%. But the tail end of this run seems to have accelerated the trend.  The first quarter of 2017 provided the highest returns for U.S. large-cap stocks since the last three months of 2013.  The Nasdaq index has booked its 21st record close of the year so far, and the indices have recorded a 30% rise over the past six quarters, marking the fastest advance since 2006.

The first quarter of 2017 has seen the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index-the broadest measure of U.S. stocks-rise 5.72%, while the comparable Russell 3000 index gained 5.91% in the first quarter.

Looking at large cap stocks, the Wilshire U.S. Large Cap index gained 6.01% in the first quarter.  The Russell 1000 large-cap index finished the first quarter with a 6.23% performance, while the widely-quoted S&P 500 index of large company stocks was up 5.53% in the first three months of 2017.

Meanwhile, the Russell Midcap Index gained 5.15% in the first quarter.
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The Equifax Fiasco: How to Respond to a Data Breach

Amidst the fires in the west and the hurricanes in the south, and continual worry about friends and family located in all parts of the country, you may have read that hackers broke into the Equifax database and stole personal information tied to 143 million people. While the safety and care of people is most important, we […]

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Higher Rates: The Tempest in the Teapot

Anybody who was surprised that the Federal Reserve Board decided to raise its benchmark interest rate this week probably wasn’t paying attention.  The U.S. economy is humming along, the stock market is booming and the unemployment rate has fallen faster than anybody expected.  The incoming administration has promised lower taxes and a stimulative $550 billion […]

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With Gratitude and Peace

The Acorn offers many metaphors and symbols, including a few noted below.  Members of Colman Knight share this token with you during the present Thanksgiving season as a symbol of precious life and the invitation to nourish all life with care, connection and dignity. May this Thanksgiving generate a wellspring of gratitude in you for […]

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The 2016 Presidential Election and your Investments

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, the 2016 Presidential Election seems to be heading towards a Hillary Clinton victory. We do not know who will win but so far it appears that unless a major disaster befalls the Clinton campaign, Hillary Clinton will be our next president. With that stated, it is important […]

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Brexit (British Exit of the Eurozone) And You

Although we sent something out this past Friday, the events of Brexit are so dramatic that another more in depth discussion is warranted. In general, your portfolios are behaving as we expected and the surprise Brexit vote will not create a liquidity or banking crisis similar to the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. We […]

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Many Guns, Many Deaths

The recent news of a couple possibly (three) gunman shooting innocent civilians in San Bernardino, CA has prompted a number of news outlets to point out that this is nothing new. Mass shootings – defined as shootings at a public place in which the shooter murdered four or more people, excluding domestic, gang and drug […]

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Medicare Smoke & Mirrors

Here we have one of those slight of hands that politicians pull on taxpayers. The issue how to pay for a voter aggravating glitch in Medicare without increasing taxes for taxpayers or premiums Medicare recipients (i.e. voters). The Congressional leaders and the Obama Administration have “fixed” the potentially alarming increase in Medicare Part B premiums […]

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What does legacy really mean?

If you wrote your own obituary what would you want it to say? What would others write in your obituary? What would be the truth in your obituary today? Here’s your activity: Close your eyes and breath into your belly center. Relax and open your heart. Picture a future newspaper (it could be digital!) capturing […]

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