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Investment & Economic Strategy Update...April 11, 2018

April 11, 2018
  • China relaxing on import tariffs & trade barriers easing the tension on trade talks

  • Fair trade will help the economy continue to prosper

  • Strong Job Market, Low Unemployment Claims & Corporate Earnings expected to grow

  • Market is experiencing normal volatility - we expect a good year in the foreign and domestic equity market

  • Do your homework on bond investments, not all are appropriate in current state of market

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Question: "Oil Prices & Investments?"

April 11, 2018
  • Investors are sold on “high dividends” but dividends can be cut or reduced at the investment’s discretion

  • Oil prices are low and are likely to remain low or decrease in our opinion

  • Oil prices have essentially remained flat despite geopolitical events in the past 12 months because U.S. no longer dependent on foreign oil

  • We expect U.S. to not only achieve energy independence but to become a net energy exporter

SEC Hits PNC, Securities America, Geneos with $15M Fine

  • PNC Investments, Securities America & Geneos Wealth Management agree to pay nearly $15M for failing to disclose conflicts and putting clients into higher-cost mutual fund shares

  • These firms breached their fiduciary duties to clients & generated “millions of dollars of improper fees in the process”

  • "Investment advisors putting their clients into higher fee share classes when lower cost ones are available is a widespread problem” – Steven Peikin, co-director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division

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Investment & Economic Strategy Update...April 4, 2018

April 04, 2018
  •  Current Market volatility is normal with 2018 YTD returns being mostly flat

  •  Volatility stemming from “finger-pointing” and is not a reflection of the economy

  •  General indicators show a growing economy

  •  Avoid having your emotions stirred by the Talking Heads on TV!

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Question: "Recessions & Volatility?"

April 04, 2018
  • We are seeing a growing economy and normal volatility

  • Over the next 3-5 years you should be in assets that have potential to grow if you’re trying to create wealth

  • Our opinion, too many people are wrongly invested by being oversaturated in bonds or bond type investments that are hurting their portfolio and retirement nest egg

  • Don’t be sold the outdated allocation pie!

Market Update

“You work hard for your money. We’ll work hard to protect it.”

Market Direction Is Important –

Updated Chart of the S&P 500 and Secondary Signals

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Market Update

“You work hard for your money. We’ll work hard to protect it.”

Market Direction Is Important –

Updated Chart of the S&P 500 and Secondary Signals

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Merrill Lynch Slammed With Huge Fines!

Merrill Lynch to Pay $415 Million!

Misusing Customer Cash and Putting Customer Securities at Risk

As reported by the SEC.gov on June 23, 2016

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Is your Advisor working in your Best Interest? Did you ever check out the firm you entrust your life savings to?

Less than 1% of investors have taken the time to check their advisor or firm for fines and censures. That is one costly mistake!

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SEC Awards Merrill Whistle-Blowers Record Payout

SEC Awards Merrill Whistle-Blowers Record Payout

Three individuals helped agency bring 2016 case, lawyer says; SEC didn’t name people involved, citing confidentiality rules.

As reported by Think Advisor on March 19, 2018

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Ex-Morgan Stanley Advisor Ami Forte Has a New Job After Scandal

The former Morgan Stanley advisor, fired after a $38 million ruling, is now part of Pinnacle Investments.

As reported by Think Advisor on March 16, 2018

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Is your Advisor working in your Best Interest? Did you ever check out the firm you entrust your life savings to?

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