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Tolerate the Volatility

Look beyond this moment and stay focused on your long-term objectives. Volatility will always be around on Wall Street, and as you invest for the long term, you must learn to tolerate it. Rocky moments, fortunately, are not the norm. Most attribute “the market” to company stock, but because there are various assets classes and…

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Keep Calm, It’s Only A Correction

After 20 months of relative calm, this volatility needs to be taken in stride. correction Are you upset by what is happening on Wall Street? It may help to see this pullback within a big-picture context. Corrections have become so rare as of late that when one occurs, emotion threatens to influence investment decisions. February…

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Economic Update December 2017

  Contact us to learn more… Subscribe to be notified when a new article is posted. JST Investment Consulting does not provide tax or legal advice. The information presented here is not specific to any individual’s personal circumstances. To the extent that this material concerns tax matters, it is not intended or written to be…

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Has the Business Cycle Peaked?

As the recovery lengthens further, this is a natural question to ask.  This decade has brought a long economic rebound to many parts of America. As 2017 ebbs into 2018, some of the statistics regarding this comeback are truly impressive: *Payrolls have grown, month after month, for more than seven years. *The jobless rate is…

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Stay Invested, Ignore the Noise

Expect more volatility, but avoid letting the headlines alter your plans. Recent headlines have disturbed what was an unusually calm stock market. The political uproar in Washington may continue for weeks or months, and it could mean significant, ongoing turbulence for Wall Street. As an investor, a retirement saver, how much will this turmoil matter…

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As Expected, The Fed Raises Rates

The Federal Reserve’s latest policy move corresponds to market expectations. Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate by 0.25%. That decision surprised no one – at least no one in the financial markets. Hours before the announcement, the CME Group’s FedWatch Tool, which calculates the chance of interest rate moves based on Fed…

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Biases Inhibiting Retirement Savings Efforts

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Biases may affect our attempts to build wealth.    Picture an 18-wheeler, its 4,000-cubic-foot cargo trailer filled to capacity with stacks of $100 bills. The driver shuts and locks the trailer, closing the door on roughly $10 billion. biases in retirement Now imagine that truck driving off to a landfill, where that $10 billion will…

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Is Risk Reduction Necessary As You Age?

Two studies suggest that the “conventional wisdom” may be flawed. If you move away from equities with age, are you making a mistake? For some time, financial professionals have encouraged investors to lessen their exposure to the stock market as they get older. After all, a 60-year-old has less time to recover from a market…

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Terrorism and Wisdom Affecting Your Portfolio

“The most important quality for an investor is temperament, not intellect…” -Warren Buffet In the past few months, the world has seen several high-profile terrorist attacks. Incidents in the U.S., Belgium, Pakistan, Lebanon, Russia, and France have claimed more than 500 lives and injured approximately 1,000 people. Beyond these incidents, many other deaths and injuries…

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