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By Spectrum Management Group | May 24, 2017

An Investment Principle Warren Buffet Uses Can Improve Almost Any Area Of Your Life If You Know How To Apply It

This term, margin of safety, is an engineering concept used to descripe the ability of a system to withstand loads that are greater than expected. Maintaining a proper margin of safety is crucial not only in construction and engineering, but also in many areas of daily life.

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Topics: Market Outlook, Economy, Well Being

By Spectrum Management Group | May 17, 2017

Video: Martin Feldstein Says U.S. Economy is in Very Good Shape

 

Martin Feldstein, professor of economics at Harvard University, discusses the U.S. economy and outlook for the second quarter. He speaks with Bloomberg's Alix Steel, Jonathan Ferro and David Westin on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas."

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Topics: Markets and Investing, Market Outlook, Economy

By Spectrum Management Group | March 3, 2017

Trump Budget Plan Will Not Cut Social Security, Medicare - Mnuchin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's first budget proposal will spare big social welfare programs such as Social Security and Medicare from any cuts, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

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Topics: Market Outlook, Taxes, Spending

By Spectrum Management Group | December 29, 2016

Video: Dow Hovers Near 20,000: How Big a Deal Is it?

Will the Dow reaching 20,000 make people more bullish? Bloomberg Columnist Mike Regan discusses this with David Gura on "Bloomberg Markets."

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Topics: Market Outlook

By Spectrum Management Group | December 8, 2016

Who is Trump Pick Steven Mnuchin & What Does the Treasury Secretary Do Anyway?

 

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Topics: Market Outlook

By Spectrum Management Group | October 27, 2016

Video: What a Democratic Clean Sweep Means for Markets

In today's Bloomberg Daybreak video, Pimco's global strategic adviser Richard Clarida looks at the potential influence of US politics on our markets as well as the role that monetary policy can play in suppressing volatility. 

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Topics: Market Outlook, Economy

By Spectrum Management Group | August 16, 2016

Is Wall Street's Depression Keeping You Out of the Stock Market?

Today's article discusses the imbalance between the reality of the stock market and the impression that many market strategists give potential investors. While the market's outlook is objectively good, so many of the experts on Wall Street, still reeling from the crash, are advising caution. Read on for more information about Wall Street's "dark bubble".

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Topics: Market Outlook

By Spectrum Management Group | July 5, 2016

How to Optimize Taxable Portfolios in Bear Markets

We've uncovered an interesting article that discusses the hidden benefits of a decline in the stock market. Traditionally, a stock market drop is considered at best unpleasant, but savvy financial advisors can use these downturns for their clients to upgrade their taxable portfolios. 

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Topics: Market Outlook, Stocks, Wealth Management

By Bob Phillips | February 8, 2016

Market Update: Risk of a Recession

Equities have turned negative again this week moving below the lows set in January, selling off in tandem with renewed weakness in the price of oil. The U.S. stock market measured by the S&P 500 Index is off approximately 15% from its high set last summer.

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Topics: Market Outlook

By Eric Kurth | January 22, 2016

Dollar Strength and Oil Weakness

The first few weeks of 2016 have been volatile and have left many investors concerned. One of the underlying relationships I have been watching has been the relationship between energy and currency markets. There are some major changes in the past year and a half, and the new year is no exception. 

Oil has been in decline since the summer of 2014. Since June 1, 2014, oil is down about 73% with much of that happening in the second half of 2014 and second half of 2015. A supply shock the second half of 2014 was led by Saudi Arabia's decision to increase production of oil. Many hypothesize that Saudi Arabia is advancing its political ideas by pushing supply up and prices down. High oil prices make it diffficult for Iran, a political foe of Saudi Arabia, since it is highly dependent on energy exports. The other reason most are mentioning is the rapid expansion of the shale fracking in North America. Shale posed a threat to Saudi Arabia's grip on global energy, and falling oil prices have made much of the shale extraction unprofitable.

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Topics: Markets and Investing, Market Outlook

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