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  • Market Commentary: Federal Interest Rates Remain Low with No Increases Planned

    Posted on February 8, 2021

     The U.S. employment situation remains lackluster. Only 49,000 new jobs were created in January. Unemployment dropped but only because labor force participation fell from 63.4% to 61.4% (Figure 1). As COVID-19 cases have dropped this year, some improvement is expected in coming months. Vacc …

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  • Tax Tips for Business Owners in a COVID World

    Posted on February 4, 2021

    Facing everything from empty sales floors to painful staff shortages, entrepreneurs have been uniquely hurt by 2020 and the extent of the damage isn’t fully known yet. A Yelp economic impact report released in September found that almost 100,000 small businesses in the country had closed th …

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  • 5 Things to Watch in the First Quarter of 2021

    Posted on January 27, 2021

    Have you found yourself officing in a room with a bunk bed? Do you realize you’re going to the store in your pajamas and never leaving your car? Does going to the movies mean going to the living room to turn on the TV? Quarantine changed the world almost overnight, and the adjustment is so …

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  • Market Commentary: Chinese GDP Grew in 2020; U.S. Corporations Outperform Q4 Expectations.

    Posted on January 25, 2021

    Chinese GDP grew 2.3% in 2020, making it the only major economy to grow last year. In the fourth quarter, the Chinese economy grew 6.5% as China continued to gain ground on the U.S. economy. The growth was led by strong performance in industrial production, which rose 7.3% in December, comp …

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  • Market Commentary: Biden Proposes New Stimulus Package as Signs Point to Economic Slowdown

    Posted on January 19, 2021

    The signs of an economic slowdown continue. Initial jobless claims, which are released weekly, spiked to 965,000 last week. Claims increased by 181,000 and marked the highest weekly total since mid-August. Continuing claims increased 199,000, indicating those losing work are not finding new …

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  • Market Commentary: Markets Start the New Year Strong Despite the Chaos in Washington

    Posted on January 11, 2021

    The vivid pictures and appalling actions in Washington, D.C., Wednesday captured the attention of the globe, but not the interest of markets. The Democratic sweep in the Georgia Senate races didn’t attract a lot of interest from investors either. Neither were markets fazed by the first loss …

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  • Strategic Wealth Partners Becomes First Carson Wealth Office in Pennsylvania

    Posted on January 4, 2021

    DOYLESTOWN, Penn., January 19, 2021 – Strategic Wealth Partners, LLC, a boutique wealth management firm serving families in Doylestown, the Philadelphia metro area, and across the country, announced today that it is joining the Carson Wealth brand. Managing $200 million in assets, Strategic …

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  • Help Improve Your Financial Plan This Year with These One-time Adjustments

    Posted on January 4, 2021

    It’s no secret that many people do not keep their New Year’s resolutions. Every year around this time, gym memberships go up and personal planners fly off the shelves. A few weeks later, the planner gets left on the train and the gym, well, it’s just so far out of the way! New Year’s resolu …

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  • Market Commentary: S&P 500 Finishes the Year at a Record High, Unemployment Numbers Decrease Slowly

    Posted on January 4, 2021

    The S&P 500 wrapped up a surprising year with another strong week. The index of large-cap stocks, including dividends, climbed 1.5% and finished 18.4% higher for the year. Figure 1 shows the performance of the S&P 500, ex-dividends, in 2020 and just how far stocks have roared back f …

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  • Turning the Page on 2020

    Posted on December 30, 2020

    “On a long and lonesome highway, east of Omaha/ You can listen to the engine moanin’ out his one-note song/ …But your thoughts will soon be wandering/ The way they always do/ When your ridin’ 16 hours/ And there’s nothin’ much to do/ And you don’t feel much like ridin’/ You just wish …

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