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The Skeptic’s Guide to Sustainable Investing

Asset growth in sustainable investments, a term that refers to strategies that attempt to augment traditional financial analysis with analysis of additional factors such as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices, has been strong in recent years, with U.S. assets under management totaling more than $8.7 trillion in 2016, or nearly one out of every [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Market Update: S&P 500 at New Record High

Wednesday’s Market Activity S&P 500 at new record high, relatively muted bond market reaction following Fed minutes. Dow, Nasdaq rose 0.4%, S&P 500 up 0.25% to new record close of 2404.39. Market shrugged off Moody’s China downgrade. News caught few investors off guard. No clear trend in sector performance. Defensive sectors among top performers, but [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|Market Update|0 Comments

Market Update: Brazil Crashes

Yesterday’s Market Activity U.S. markets stabilized as traders looked for opportunities in tech and financial stocks Markets pared gains heading into the close; S&P 500 +0.4%, Nasdaq +0.7%, Dow +0.3% Dollar stabilized (+0.3%); 10-year Treasury yield up to 2.23% Investors’ focused on positive fundamentals supporting global economic growth, corporate profitability Emerging markets struggled following reports [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|Market Update|0 Comments

Sustainable Investing Gaining Steam

Labels such as socially responsible investing (SRI), “environmental, social, and governance” (ESG), and “impact investing” are often used to describe strategies that invest in ways that can be beneficial for the world. Unfortunately, these similar labels may mean different things to different people and can sometimes create confusion. To provide consistency and minimize confusion, LPL [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Study on Medtronic Reveal shows promising results in preventing deadly strokes

Top Takeaways: Atrial fibrillation can cause deadly strokes, but it can be difficult to confirm a diagnosis. New Medtronic medical device Reveal detected previously undiagnosed AF in a large proportion of high-risk patients. Detecting atrial fibrillation using insertable cardiac monitors in a high-risk population combined with appropriate AF treatment could prevent many initial strokes. Doctors say it's [...]

By | May 15th, 2017|MedTech|0 Comments

Calm Before the Storm? Putting This Year’s Tranquil Markets in Perspective

Equity volatility has been extremely low in 2017, much to the surprise of most market participants. From geopolitics, to falling commodity prices, to drama out of Washington – there has been no shortage of potential catalysts. Although the 0.59% daily range on May 11th might not have felt much different from most trading days this [...]

By | May 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Market Update: US Markets Moving Higher

Overnight in Asia most indexes were up fractionally while Japan pulled back slightly. G-7 discussions focused on protectionist threats, which weighed on sentiment. North Korea also fired a new missile over the weekend, adding to tensions on the peninsula. WTI crude oil prices are up ~3.0%, to $49.25/barrel, after energy ministers from Saudi Arabia and [...]

By | May 15th, 2017|Market Update|0 Comments

Abbott’s Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation System is rare technology advance

Top Takeaways: Infinity Deep Brain Simulation System lets surgeons "sculpt" the electric field inside brain for precise stimulation. Segments of the Infinity DBS can be turned on and off for better placement of electrical current and helps to reduce side effects.  Biggest design challenge was fitting wiring into a lead 1.2 millimeters wide. Infinity DBS [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|MedTech|0 Comments

What Can Star Wars Teach Us About Investing?

May 4th is known throughout the galaxy as Star Wars Day 2017. The date was chosen as a play on words of the famous Star Wars quote, “May the Force be with you.” Therefore, May 4 is the chosen day. “May the fourth be with you,” get it? Per Ryan Detrick, Senior Market Strategist at LPL [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Market Update: Dollar Is Up

Stocks in Asia were mostly higher with Nikkei & South Korea’s KOSPI surging +2.0% on positive vibes carrying over from U.S. jobs growth and Emmanuel Macron victory. South Korea’s election tomorrow looks to end a nine-year run for the ruling conservative party, which has been caught up in scandal. Hang Seng +0.4% while the Shanghai [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Market Update|0 Comments

Medtronic executive presses Congress to changes in FDA plant inspections

Top Takeaways: Pat Shrader, Medtronic's VP for global affairs, told a House subcommittee that FDA inspections come with too little warning and are too "erratic." Shrader called on Congress to standardize rules for inspections of device makers by the FDA. Patient advocates pushed back, say the serious injuries or deaths that can be caused by malfunctions [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|MedTech|0 Comments

Boston Scientific sales leap 10 percent, but profit misses expectations

Top Takeaways: Boston Scientific missed analysts expectations for its adjusted profit by a penny. It was the sixth consecutive quarter with revenue growth of 10 percent or more. The company increased its estimate for full-year 2017 revenue to a range of $8.8 to $8.9 billion, vs. prior guidance of $8.675 to $8.875 billion. See article [...]

By | May 1st, 2017|MedTech|0 Comments

Here Comes May, Sell And Go Away?

One of the most popular trading axioms is to “sell in May and go away,” as equity returns historically have been relatively poor during the six months from May to October and much better from November through April. Is it true? On the surface, it is. From 1950* until last year, the S&P 500 Index [...]

By | May 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Market Update: Stocks Head Higher To Start Week

Stocks head higher to begin week. (10:40am ET) U.S. stocks are modestly higher in early trading, following news that Congress reached an agreement late Sunday to fund the government through September 30; pending approval by Friday, the deal will avoid a government shutdown. The major averages all closed lower on Friday, though the S&P 500 [...]

By | May 1st, 2017|Market Update|0 Comments

Historical Stock Market Reactions to Geopolitical and Economic Crisis Events

The U.S. military strike against a Syrian military base earlier this month, heightened concerns about the North Korean nuclear threat, and recent terrorist attacks in France and elsewhere have caused many to ask what these risks might mean for the stock market. It is always uncomfortable to talk about economic or market impact during a [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Market Update: US Up Following French Vote

U.S. up, Europe surging in wake of French vote. (9:47am ET) U.S. equities are tracking global markets higher this morning following yesterday’s first round of the French presidential elections in which Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen finished in the top spots, triggering a run-off vote set for May 7. Friday’s session concluded with the [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|Market Update|0 Comments

When Will The Bullish April Seasonality Start?

Hard to believe it, but April is already more than half over. As we noted at the start of the month, April has historically been one of the best performing months for the S&P 500 Index. In fact, over the past 20 years, it has been the strongest month of the year.     Per Ryan [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Market Update: First Big Earnings Week On Tap

Stocks tick higher to begin week. (10:29am ET) U.S. equities are slightly higher this morning as earnings season ramps up this week with 63 S&P 500 components set to report. Markets moved lower the final three sessions of the last week’s shortened trading week, concluding with a 0.7% loss for the S&P 500 on Thursday [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|Market Update|0 Comments

Margin Debt: Worry or Overblown Anxiety?

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) margin debt is back in the news, as levels reached yet another new all-time high in February 2017 of $528 billion. Margin debt is viewed as a potential contrarian indicator; when margin debt is high, this suggests investors are potentially over-leveraged and therefore too bullish. Per Ryan Detrick, Senior Market Strategist, [...]

By | April 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Market Update: Stocks Move Higher To Start Week

Stocks move higher to start week. (9:53am ET) U.S. equities are modestly higher this morning as investors look ahead to the start of first quarter earnings season, with several tier one banks set to report later this week. This after major indexes shook off a lackluster jobs report and pushed higher through midday, only to [...]

By | April 10th, 2017|Market Update|0 Comments