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Quarterly Market Commentary Second Quarter 2019

The Fed Signaled No More 2019 Hikes

Two days before the quarter ended, the Fed held the line on interest rates and formally suggested that no cuts were coming in 2019. The central bank suggested that one or two cuts might happen, but not until 2020. The Federal Open Market Committee voted 9-1 to keep the benchmark rate in a target range of 2.25% to 2.5% – hardly a split decision (St. Louis Fed President James Bullard voted to cut rates).

4 Considerations Before Refinancing Your #StudentLoans

We’re all aware that student loan debt presents a serious financial obstacle these days. Many are looking at refinancing student loans as an attractive option. Refinancing makes sense for some, but it's not a cure-all for everyone. Here’s 4 consideration to think through before refinancing your student loans.

1. You Start the Clock Over Again (and That Can Cost You) Once you Refinance

Time IN the Market > TimING the Market

The belief that you, or a particularly talented financial manager, can foresee the direction of the stock market is a seductive one. Some investors are confident that, with proper research, they can make money by snapping up equities when prices are low, and shifting their investments into cash or bonds when the market hits its peak. Even worse, they believe they can pay someone else can do it for them. But longitudinal studies have shown time and time again that no one can consistently predict the direction of the market in the short run.