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Monthly Market Update for November 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides a review of the prior month’s market data, the state of the economy, and the global financial markets. Global Economy: A pervasive feeling that a recession is not on the immediate horizon, due to ongoing moderate growth, fueled the equity markets once again in November. Optimism surrounding a U.S-China trade accord was present throughout the month, while mixed signals across the global economy were enough to drive key benchmarks to new all-time highs. In keeping with the risk-on theme, government bond yields increased, and credit spreads extended their recent…

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Strategies for Giving More

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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In honor of #GivingTuesday and the year-end giving season upon us, here are a few simple, helpful strategies. Create a plan to understand your impact Write a mission statement to focus your giving. Focus on what matters most to you by writing a few sentences about your giving goals. Use that statement to help you say no or to limit your support of causes that don’t align with those priorities. Particularly for families with children, incorporate giving into everyday life and make sure future generations know your intentions. As a family, decide on a few concrete steps you’ll take to…

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Next Gen Series: Five Tips for Developing Financially Fit Young Adults

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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This is our final blog in a series about setting up the next generation for financial success. In this piece we summarize and conclude with these 5 tips. 1. If they don’t have a written budget, encourage them to create one and stick to it. If they need to cut back on expenses, they can start by eliminating the extra “nice-to-haves” in their life. 2. Explain the importance of building an emergency fund to cover a minimum of three months of essential expenses and advise them to keep this money easily accessible, such as in a savings account. Depending on…

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Monthly Market Update for October 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Global Economy: Amid ongoing economic and geopolitical uncertainty, financial markets continued to climb the proverbial wall of worry in October. As prominent equity benchmarks achieved all-time highs, fixed income markets reacted to broad policy accommodation with steeper yield curves and a bias to quality. Concerns of global manufacturing weakness spilling over into services, the labor market, consumer spending, and ultimately investor sentiment remain present. That said, a better-than-feared corporate earnings season, progress toward an initial US-China trade agreement, the reduced risk of a no deal Brexit, and a somewhat weaker U.S. dollar have collectively provided “green shoots” of optimism. The…

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October 29th and 30th FOMC Meeting Follow-Up

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Policy Easing Continues: Following the mid-cycle adjustment that took place in July and an insurance cut in September, the FOMC delivered its third consecutive monetary policy modification. With a vote to reduce the Fed Funds rate by another 25 bps, the targeted range now stands at 1.50% to 1.75%. As has been the case for recent meetings, this decision was well-anticipated by the market, with a >80% implied probability of further accommodation reflected in the futures market since early October. Although Federal Reserve officials had ample opportunity to redirect expectations, and there were again two more hawkish dissenters within the…

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Next Gen Series: Goal Setting to Jump Start Your Career

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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In our last blog, we highlighted the importance of goal setting in several life categories for young adults: Health-Fitness, Family, Financial, Personal-Hobbies, and Career. We wanted to explore the importance of setting career goals. Creating and writing down specific, formal goals early in your career can help you jump start your career, ensure you continue to grow, and give you guidance through the ups and downs that comes with any career. Here are some initial career goal categories we recommend: Continual education and training is a must – If you want to progress in your career, learning new skills and…

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Monthly Market Update for September 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides a review of the prior month’s market data, the state of the economy, and the global financial markets. Global Economy: Shaking off continued geopolitical uncertainty, investors provided a renewed bid for risk assets in September. Accordingly, global equities advanced modestly while interest rates reversed a portion of the prior month’s sharp decline. Manufacturing data continued to show signs of slowing and there was even some moderation in consumer spending and sentiment. US-China trade talks are scheduled to officially resume in mid-October, while the British Prime Minister faces political and…

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2018 U.S. Mid-Term Elections

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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HISTORY & BACKGROUND Midterm elections in the U.S. occur mid-way through a President’s term in office. Every four years, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and typically 33 or 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate are up for re-election. History has shown that mid-term elections have not been kind to the incumbent President’s political party. Specific to the upcoming mid-term elections, changes in the political landscape are expected, but it’s the magnitude of those changes that could ultimately impact asset prices. INSIGHTS & PORTFOLIO IMPLICATIONS Mid-Term Elections and Financial Markets Going into the 2018 mid-term elections,…

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Monthly Market Update for September 2018

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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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: Global growth continued to decelerate in September, with the divergence between the buoyant US economy and the rest of the world becoming more apparent. Trade relations with China remain a key source of anxiety for global markets, even as things eased after a tentative agreement with Canada and Mexico in a new, revised NAFTA. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) met at the end of September, voting unanimously…

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Protect Your Information and Yourself

Monday, October 8, 2018

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It is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. What better time to share this checklist containing tips and best practices to help you protect your data, information and prevent fraud. Cybercrime and fraud are serious threats and constant vigilance is key. While Gryphon Financial Partners plays an important role in helping protect your assets, you can also take action to protect yourself and help secure your information. Cyber criminals exploit our increasing reliance on technology. Methods used to compromise a victim’s identity or login credentials – such as malware, phishing, and social engineering – are increasingly sophisticated and difficult to spot. A…

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