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    The S&P “5”

    By John Petrides on February 4, 2020

    When investors speak of “the market” they are commonly referring to the S&P 500 Index. Originally the Index was created as a basket of 500 companies offering investors a way to gauge, in a diversified and broad manner, the strength of the U.S. economy. Additionally, the Index offered investors the ability to compare their portfolio …

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    Biggest Risk Facing Investors Today: Outliving Their Financial Assets

    By John Petrides on November 20, 2019

    Trade tariffs with China. The Federal Reserve’s stance on monetary policy. The slope of the yield curve.  Geopolitical risk with North Korea and the Middle East, plus countless other issues are all concerning factors that impact the daily movement of financial markets. This volatility can cause investors to lose sleep at night. However important and …

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    Building Shareholder Value in the Gold Mining Sector

    By Ryan McIntyre on June 21, 2019

    The gold mining sector appears to have turned over a new leaf. It is reshaping itself to generate higher returns on capital in a neutral gold price environment. Over the past nine months we have seen some notable value creating activity in the gold mining sector. The first significant move was the merger between Barrick …

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    Estate Planning: Four Ways to Avoid the Fight Over the Family Home

    By Paul Kleinschmidt on April 26, 2019

    The transfer of the family estate from one generation to the next can be a wonderful event.  In reality, however, it is often fraught with peril.  A particular family story that has become public is cautionary: Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, was nothing if not far-sighted and meticulous.  During his tenure as …

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    Investing for the Long Term: A Word on Performance

    By Paul Kleinschmidt on November 5, 2018

    We live in a short-term, short-attention-span world dominated by relentless news cycles. In few places is this more apparent than within financial circles, where these powerful trends have combined to increase the collective anxiety of the investor community. Performance has come to be measured in days and weeks; returns are examined monthly and usually without …

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