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1st Quarter 2017 Commentary

By Matt Hargreaves / April 19, 2017 / Comments Off on 1st Quarter 2017 Commentary

Leonard Rickey Investment Advisors Market Summary The rally from the fourth quarter of last year continued into the start of the first quarter as investors continued to bet on the Trump administration’s policies to cut taxes, reduce regulation and increase infrastructure spending. U.S. stocks, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, were up over 6%…

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4th Quarter 2016 Commentary LRIA

By Matt Hargreaves / January 23, 2017 / Comments Off on 4th Quarter 2016 Commentary LRIA

  ·       President-elect Donald Trump’s election win had a big effect on the financial markets ·       U.S. stocks hit to new all-time highs while other classes like gold, bonds and non-U.S. stocks suffered after Trump’s win ·       The trend in U.S. stocks remained positive. Non-U.S. earnings started to pick up and investors expected increased earnings…

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2016 Financial Forum Video

By Michelle / November 18, 2016 / Comments Off on 2016 Financial Forum Video

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our 2016 Financial Forums. We had a wonderful event and hope you found it educational and enjoyable. If you were unable to attend, you can still watch the Market Commentary Presentation below. And if you’re looking for a great read over Thanksgiving break, pick up a copy…

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LRIA 3rd Quarter Market Commentary

By Matt Hargreaves / October 18, 2016 / Comments Off on LRIA 3rd Quarter Market Commentary

The S&P 500 broke above its two year trading range in July Stocks posted positive gains, led by non-U.S. stocks Elections typically don’t have long-term effects on markets however they do bring short-term uncertainty We don’t invest in Presidents. We invest in companies. The fundamentals of those companies matter the most in the long run…

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LRIA 2nd Quarter Market Commentary

By Matt Hargreaves / July 21, 2016 / Comments Off on LRIA 2nd Quarter Market Commentary

2nd Quarter 2016 Commentary Leonard Rickey Investment Advisors “Brexit” briefly caused stock prices to tumble, but U.S. stocks quickly recovered and posted positive returns for the quarter. There has been a broad trading range for the last and half in the S&P 500. It finished at the top end of the range but did not…

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By Ben Rickey / June 27, 2016 / Comments Off on Brexit

Last week the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU), leading to Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation and swift reactions in the financial markets. As a result of the political uncertainty, stocks, bonds and currencies reacted strongly. Financial markets had priced in the UK staying in the EU, so the vote took investors…

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4th Quarter 2015 Commentary

By Matt Hargreaves / January 15, 2016 / Comments Off on 4th Quarter 2015 Commentary

Market Summary 2015 was a difficult year for investors as many of the major asset classes finished down or flat for the year. The trends over the last few years continued in the fourth quarter, including U.S. stocks outperforming most other world markets, declining prices from oil and other commodities, a strengthening U.S. dollar and…

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Current Conditions

By Matt Hargreaves / September 15, 2014 / Comments Off on Current Conditions

Not since the precarious days of 2007 has the market gone so long without corrections of 5%, 10%, and 20%. Is the streak about to end? Geopolitical speculation is running rampant (think Middle East, Ukraine, Scotland, etc.) and September-October has a bad reputation. A dozen of the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s 20 biggest one-day drops…

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