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Quarterly Market Review July - September 2020 - July kicked off the third quarter with a bang as stocks surged throughout much of the month. Investors were encouraged by solid employment growth, a rise in personal income and consumer spending, a surge in the housing sector, and an increase in industrial production. All news was not positive, however. The second-quarter gross domestic product fell more than 31% and many states saw an increase in the number of reported COVID-19 cases. Nevertheless, investors stayed with equities, pushing values higher for the fourth consecutive month.
Monthly Market Review August 2020 - The positive run for stocks continued in August as the major market indexes regularly reached all-time highs. While investors remained bullish toward equities, it wasn't always clear why.
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|Holding Equities for the Long Term: Time Vs Timing - Legendary investor Warren Buffett is famous for his long-term perspective. He has said that he likes to make investments he would be comfortable holding even if the market shut down for 10 years.|
|Handling Market Volatility - Conventional wisdom says that what goes up must come down. But even if you view market volatility as a normal occurrence, it can be tough to handle when your money is at stake.|
|11 Ways to Stay Sane in a Crazy Market - Keeping your cool can be hard to do when the market goes on one of its periodic roller-coaster rides. It's useful to have strategies in place that prepare you both financially and psychologically to handle market volatility.|
|How To Be a Better Investor - Watch this video for simple tips and guidance from reviewing your portfolio regularly, to making sure it is diversified.|
|Serving As Financial Caregiver - More people are playing the role of financial caregiver. Read this article to learn steps to prepare yourself.|
|Financial Planning: Seeing the Big Picture - A comprehensive financial plan serves as a framework for organizing the pieces of your financial picture. It helps you better focus on your goals and what it will take to reach them.|
|"Estate Planning" Doesn't Require a lot of Money - Planning for the handling of our assets as we age isn't something we like to think about, but it is an important process. Individuals do not complete estate plans for themselves; they do it for their loved-ones.|
Trust Online Quick Reference Guide - Access your Trust Accounts when it’s convenient for you. A two-step login process and password provide secure access to your information from any computer or device.