Has your charity’s gift annuity program gone stale? When was your last charitable gift annuity (CGA) written? In the current economic environment, some charities are busier than ever writing new gift annuities. The donors are excited about gifting funds to their favorite charity, receiving a charitable deduction, and receiving lifetime payments at the same time.…

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Market risk tends to be poorly rewarded when market valuations are rich and interest rates are rising.” -John P. Hussman, Ph. D. Relative to Q1 of 2021, Q2 was decidedly anticlimactic!  However, the positive news for investors was that the market continued to rally and did so in a decidedly undramatic fashion. Volatility declined to…

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There have been three great inventions since the beginning of time: fire, the wheel, and central banking. -Will Rogers The first quarter of 2021 witnessed a dramatic extension of the 2020 global equity rally.  Led by smaller capitalization equities, virtually every sector of public equity markets moved higher during the quarter.  Drama at the capitol,…

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The recent move in GameStop has raised eyebrows and set the social media world on fire.  Like most fires, once the wind begins fanning the flames, the fire spreads and others begin to take notice!  In today’s hyperconnected world, those “others” include FINRA, the SEC, stock exchanges, clearinghouses, and custodians.  Of course, we wouldn’t want…

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We should never despair, our situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times. -George Washington Regardless of your political affiliation, the fourth quarter of 2020…

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Elections often seem momentous, and the presidential election of 2020 is certainly no exception. While it could be viewed by some as merely a referendum on President Trump’s general personality, to many voters this election is about much more than Trump vs Biden.

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The rally continues! The market continued to rally throughout the third quarter of 2020. Despite a pullback in mid-September, the broader equity market rallied more than 8% during the quarter.

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“The death of contrarians has been greatly exaggerated. The reason is that the crowd is the market for most of any cycle. You cannot be contrarian all the time, otherwise you end up simply fighting the tape the whole way up (or down), therefore being wildly wrong. -Barry Ritholtz The second quarter of 2020 started…

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A good general [or trader] plans in two ways: for an absolute victory and for an absolute defeat. The one enables him to squeeze the last ounce of success out of a triumph; the other keeps a failure from turning into a catastrophe. – Max Brand As the second quarter of 2020 comes to an…

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You seldom get what you go after unless you know in advance what you want. Indecision has often given advantage to the other fellow because he did his thinking beforehand. – Maurice Switzer After experiencing a March many of us would rather forget, April was a welcome relief. During March, the viral curve was rising…

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