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A Return to Normalcy?

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

After returning more than 21 percent last year and jumping up another 7.5 percent through late January, the stock market has declined nearly 8 percent from its close on January 26. This decline brings us back to mid-November 2017 price levels. You may be wondering what caused the downdraft, when this period of volatility will end, and if you should be worried.

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Market Thoughts 12.20.2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed the House and Senate today and is expected to be signed into law by President Trump. This is a big deal and the largest tax reform since 1986. It includes lots of changes to the current tax code.

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Market Thoughts 05.18.2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Yesterday, U.S. stocks declined 1.8 percent on news of the appointment of a Special Counsel by the Department of Justice to oversee the investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 election. Stocks rebounded today. Nevertheless, this is a clear signal that politics are impacting the markets to an increasing extent and contributing to increased market volatility.

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Americans Vote for Change

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

The election season concluded with the Republicans winning the presidency and holding on to majorities in both the House of Representatives and Senate. This Market Thoughts explores the immediate impact of the Trump surprise and offers initial thoughts on the likely market reaction.

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Historic Brexit Vote

Friday, June 24, 2016

Heading into this vote, the consensus from financial markets, political analysts, and economists was that voters would opt to stay in the European Union, but a different outcome ensued. In this edition of Market Thoughts, CAPTRUST CIO Eric Freedman discusses this developmentā€™s implications for investors and the likely capital market response.

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Capital Market Recalibration

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Capital markets have had an inauspicious start to 2016. Investor concerns about China, the energy market, corporate profits, and the path toward growth have resulted in widespread selling. In this Market Thoughts, we recap some of the recent trends and provide our thoughts on what we think it will take for markets to calm.

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