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Market Commentary ~ January 2020

Proper Perspective By any measure, 2019 was terrific for investors. Stock and bond returns were buoyed by continuing economic growth, low inflation and declining interest rates. 2019 results are summarized below along with outcomes for 2018, a down year that…

Market Commentary ~ October 2019

Satisfying Progress By any measure, 2019 has been a good year for investors so far, defying many skeptics. Rising corporate profits, increasing dividend payments and declining interest rates have been a favorable combination. Major asset classes are near record levels,…

Here’s What You Need to Know About Alternative Investments

Investors looking to diversify their portfolios from traditional investments are often curious about alternative investments, but in order to decide whether or not adding alternative investments to your own financial strategy makes sense, you must first understand what they are,…

Market Commentary ~ July 2019

Record Highs          Equity and bond returns were bountiful in the first half, buoyed by rising corporate profits, increased dividends, falling interest rates, and low inflation. This was a nice reward for patience following the 2018 market…

Market Commentary ~ April 2019

Beware of Forecasts The last six months remind us of an old saying that stock market forecasting is like singing. Most of us should only do it in the shower, where nobody will hear us. The first quarter of 2019…

Hitting Singles and Doubles

The metaphors are many: Slow and steady wins the race. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Little strokes fell great oaks. When it comes to maintaining wealth, these adages hold true. At Bartlett, we prefer to use a baseball analogy,…