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Market Commentary: Rise in COVID-19 Cases Leads to Market Dip Before Holiday Shopping Season

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Market Commentary: Rise in COVID-19 Cases Leads to Market Dip Before Holiday Shopping Season

Retail data were mixed last week. U.S. retail sales rose 0.3% in October and are now 5.7% higher than one year ago. But as Figure 1 shows, the increase was the smallest since the recovery began. Increased coronavirus cases in October likely pressured purchases lower and moved consumers online. Non-store retailers reported a 3.1% increase in sales.

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Market Commentary: Markets Respond Favorably to News of Second Vaccine’s Positive Results

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Market Commentary: Markets Respond Favorably to News of Second Vaccine’s Positive Results

Special Update A second COVID-19 vaccine announced very positive results in its initial trial. A biotechnology company announced Monday their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 94.5% effective. The study also showed there were few side effects observed in the vaccine trial. The effectiveness is very high and will likely give the world two vaccines to start protecting people in coming months.

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How the Election Results Could Impact Your Financial Plan

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How the Election Results Could Impact Your Financial Plan

Join Jamie Hopkins, Director of Retirement Research at Carson, as he offers insight into Biden’s tax and retirement platforms. Click Here to Watch the Webinar

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Market Commentary:  COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Positive Results and Market Soars Even After Tight Election

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Market Commentary: COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Positive Results and Market Soars Even After Tight Election

Special Update The first COVID-19 vaccine to announce results reported very positive data early Monday morning. Two notable pharmaceutical and biotech companies announced on Monday their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective. The study also showed there were no side effects observed in the vaccine trial. The effectiveness is higher than many medical experts expected and represents a major step forward in efforts to contain the virus. News on other vaccine trials is expected in coming weeks and months.

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Your Year-End Tax Checklist, Plus a Few Extras for 2020

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Your Year-End Tax Checklist, Plus a Few Extras for 2020

A lot of us have been in the attic lately, putting away the ghosts and skeletons from Halloween and dusting off the holiday decorations. While you’re up there, can you find your year-end tax checklist?

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How the Results of the Election Could Impact the Markets and Your Financial Plan

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How the Results of the Election Could Impact the Markets and Your Financial Plan

The votes have been cast and now it’s a waiting game. Our country now faces days of a counting, recounting, accusations, potential lawsuits and a runoff election or two. Only then will we know the results of the 2020 election.

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Market Commentary: Uncertainty with Election, Pandemic Cause 5.6% Drop in S&P 500.

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Market Commentary: Uncertainty with Election, Pandemic Cause 5.6% Drop in S&P 500.

Last week, markets moved less on the recovery of today and more on the uncertainty of tomorrow. U.S. GDP increased 33.1% (see Figure 1) after a massively negative report last quarter. Strong growth in consumer spending provided the biggest push to the overall economy. Earnings also continued to improve. Originally forecasted to drop 21.1%, strong earnings from internet-based businesses cut the expected dip to 9.8%.

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Election and Investments

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Election and Investments

Join Jamie Hopkins, Director of Retirement Research at Carson, as he discusses how the election may impact the direction of reform.  Click Here to Watch the Webinar

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The Rhythm of Giving Back

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The Rhythm of Giving Back

On a summer day you may roll down your window and blast your favorite song, before you know it everyone in the car is singing along. At the onset of a calm autumn evening you may put on that quiet melody that brings you peace. The one that passes time with you in the kitchen and follows you and your loved ones to the dining room.

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Market Commentary: Unemployment Continues Slow Recovery as U.S. Corporations Beat Earnings Expectations

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Market Commentary: Unemployment Continues Slow Recovery as U.S. Corporations Beat Earnings Expectations

The lack of progress on a federal stimulus bill weighed on markets last week while economic and earnings data provided investors some good news. Initial unemployment claims finally dipped below 800,000. The improvement and adjustments to previous weeks’ estimates suggest the labor market is continuing to recover. Corporate earnings also provided a positive surprise. While many companies are still to report, initial results show 84% of S&P 500 companies are beating estimates.

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