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Issue 322

July 3, 2019

It was a great month for the markets, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining more than 1,400 points. The economy remains sound; housing prices have mitigated somewhat; unemployment is healthy; and consumers are still confident.

That’s a nice setting for our Top Picks issue. Our contributors—so far in 2019—have had a banner year.

I have to brag a bit here about our Cabot contributors, as they took the top three spots!

But, seriously, the thriving market—and some good stock picking—served us well.

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Issue 321

June 5, 2019

Tariff threats for China and Mexico continued to roil the markets this month. But yesterday, we saw a 500+ gain, on the heels of Fed Chairman Powell hinting at a rate reduction. Meanwhile, the economy is holding up well, with auto sales and construction spending rising and employment still strong.

Sentiment has turned a bit more cautious, as you will see in our Market Views, but most advisers think the market is oversold right now. And that’s good news for our pickings!

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Issue 320

May 8, 2019

The markets were doing just fine until Trump decided to stir up the Chinese tariff pot again. Employment continues to be healthy; the housing market remains strong and consumer and advisor sentiment is bullish. We’ll just have to see how this plays out, but I imagine it will be a flash-in-the-pan situation, lots of talk and probably little action.

Meanwhile, our contributors are long-term bullish and short-term cautious, as you’ll see in our Market Views section.

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Issue 319

April 3, 2019

Here in Tennessee, the Bradford pears, forsythia, and daffodils are in bloom. And so is the market! We had a good market month, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining more than 500 points since our last issue.

The economy continues to be strong, with unemployment low and housing still favorable. And sentiment, as you’ll see in our Market Views, remains bullish overall.

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Issue 318

March 6, 2019

The market continues to drive forward, and sentiment remains bullish, as you’ll see in our Market Views. Investors are taking all the D.C. hoopla in stride, and seem content with the favorable economy which continues to provide low unemployment and a strong housing market.

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Issue 317

February 6, 2019

I’m happy to say that the market is looking better, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average seeing a 6.8% improvement since last issue. I think investors were relieved that the government shutdown was over (although, we don’t know if that will last!). As well, unemployment (not counting the shutdown consequences) is still steady, consumer confidence is up, and housing prices look pretty stable right now. All of that positive news is reflected in our contributors’ market sentiment, as you’ll see in our Market Views section.

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Issue 316

January 9, 2019

Congratulations to our big winners and thank you to all of our contributors. It was a difficult market last year, but these results reflect how—with the right expert help—it is possible to beat the markets.

In this issue, we recap our big winners from last year, and have a very nice—and diversified list—of a group of stocks that promise great potential for 2019.

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Issue 315

December 12, 2018

Throughout days of incredible highs and lows, the markets have managed to end up just about where they started at the beginning of this year. Nevertheless, the volatility has created some tremendous opportunities to make money in the markets—and we can never be sorry about that!

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Issue 314

November 7, 2018

Whew! I’m glad to see the back of October, aren’t you? Last month lived up to its usual market volatility, with several big down days on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. However, things are looking up, and with this morning’s futures, it looks like investors appreciate the coming gridlock in Congress, following yesterday’s mid-term elections.

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Issue 313

October 10, 2018

The leaves are rapidly falling here in Tennessee, but thankfully, the markets continue to hold their own, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average picking up about 500 points since our last issue. As you’ll see in our Market Views, our advisors are a bit cautious in the short-term, but overall, market sentiment remains very bullish.

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Issue 312

September 12, 2018

Of course, it’s always more fun when the market is doing well, and we are continuing our upward trend, supported by robust earnings growth. For quarter 2, 80% of the companies in the S&P 500 index reported earnings higher than estimated, and 73% posted higher revenues than analysts had forecast. That’s a record—the highest number of surprises since FactSet begin gathering the data in the third quarter of 2008.

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Issue 311

August 8, 2018

The Dow Jones Industrial Average continues its upward trend, gaining about 900 points since our last issue, helped by another great quarter of corporate earnings. With 81% of the companies in the S&P 500 index reporting, 80% beat earnings estimates and 74% surpassed sales forecasts. Those are the highest numbers since FactSet began reporting in Q3 2008.

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Issue 310

July 11, 2018

The economy remains strong, prompting the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates another 25 basis points, and signaling that two more rate increases are in the cards for the rest of this year. The unemployment rate for June did rise from 3.8% to 4%. But the housing market remains healthy and estimated second quarter earnings growth for the companies in the S&P 500 Index is 20%. If that number is correct, it will be the second best earnings growth that we’ve seen since the third quarter of 2010.

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Issue 309

June 13, 2018

We have a great variety of sectors and companies for your review this month, beginning with our Spotlight Stock, a Real Estate Investment Trust, paying a high yield, that operates in non-urban locales—a pretty rare find, indeed—as most REITs concentrate their holdings in large cities.

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Issue 308

May 9, 2018

Market volatility declined somewhat, leaving us at about the same level we were at the time of last month’s issue. The Federal Reserve—while still indicating it will most likely raise rates in June due to creeping inflation—left them alone last week. Coupled with steady economic improvement, including stable employment (the unemployment rate for April dropped to 3.9%) and improving consumer sentiment, the maintaining of the rates helped allay any market jitters that Washington’s continued schoolyard fighting may have caused.

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