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Recent Market Sell-Off

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Recent Market Sell-Off Comments The recent sell-off started in China with concerns about economic growth rates and the impact China slowing may have on the rest of the global economy.  The immediate impact was on commodity driven economies and commodity assets but the selling pressure has moved from emerging markets to Europe, Japan and now the U.S. market.  We view the initial decline in assets as a rational response to weaker growth and concerns over China’s economy, but the more recent drops may be excessive especially in non-China markets.  Fears about the Fed raising short term interest rates in the…

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Monthly Market Update for July 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides timely market data as well as perspectives on the current state of the economy and the global financial markets. Global Economy: The world’s largest economy expanded at a faster pace in the second quarter, as consumer spending grew more than projected.  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose at a 2.3% annualized rate and the first quarter estimate was revised to positive territory at 0.6%.  Business spending remained weak, with investment excluding residential construction dropping 0.6%, the worst decline since the third quarter of 2012. Manufacturing activity also cooled as the…

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Monthly Market Update for June 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides timely market data as well as perspectives on the current state of the economy and the global financial markets. Global Economy: The outlook for the US economy improved in June as business activity and job growth pointed to a rebound during the second quarter.  The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) manufacturing index rose modestly in June to 53.5, from 52.8; with readings over 50.0 indicating overall expansion.  Production activity was largely unchanged, but the new orders component rose to a six-month high.  Moreover, the ISM’s gauge of non-manufacturing companies…

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Monthly Market Update for May 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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This is our first in what will be a new series of monthly blogs that will provide timely market data as well as perspectives on the current state of the economy and the global financial markets. Global Economy: The US economy bounced back from the weak first quarter highlighted by strength in the housing sector and expanding manufacturing activity.  Core inflation accelerated to its highest level in over two years.  The government’s second estimate of first quarter GDP showed the economy shrank at a 0.7% annualized rate, revised from the previously reported 0.2% gain.  A stronger dollar led to a…

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Preparing to Sell Your Business

Friday, May 29, 2015

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In our last blog, we emphasized the importance of addressing the first three, key objectives in exiting a business: When? How much? To whom? Now that you have those three big areas addressed, what are some of the housekeeping tasks as well as more in-depth preparation you should be doing to exit your company and accomplish these three objectives? Having clean, organized financials is important in supporting a valuation and thus getting the price you covet. Are financials audited or if not, will they survive the scrutiny of third party buyers? Are your forecasts credible? Do you have a plan…

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