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Finding a Balance

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

On Wall Street, more is always better. More revenue, more profit, more growth, more mergers, more IPOs, more money. But in the real world, more is not always better, and a rather unorthodox example of this, is jobs.

 

First, let me state that yes, I too wish everyone who wanted a good-paying quality job could find one. In an ideal world, the unemployment rate would be zero and we’d all be holding hands and singing kumbaya. This is not that world.

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What’s Driving This Rally?

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Many of us in the U.S. have been swept up by what’s come to be known as the “Trump Rally.” The guise for this massive rise in stock prices over the past few months has been the promise of business-friendly tax reform, deregulation and infrastructure spending, among other “shareholder-friendly” initiatives.

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A Change in the Wind

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Markets are reacting to Friday’s abandonment of the GOP health care plan, and so far the narrative is one of uncertainty regarding the high expectations that have been set over recent months.

 

The new health care bill was seen as the first real test for Trump and fellow republicans, and it’s probably fair to say that they are not delighted with the outcome. But what about the markets?

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How to Protect Your Investments With Portfolio Insurance

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

It’s that time of the month again. The one where we step into the world of derivatives to better understand the role options can play in an investment portfolio.

 

This is the fifth installment of our new monthly series on options, and it’s the first time we’re going to talk about actual option strategies. Up to this point, we’ve simply been laying a foundation of knowledge with which to begin discussing these strategies.

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