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First Quarter 2019 - Market Newsletter

We have been enjoying what will likely be the longest period of economic expansion ever for the country. Corporate earnings have been resilient, consumer and bank leverage has been contained, and labor productivity has been high while inflation kept low. This has been in no small part due to the Fed putting significant muscle behind the economy to move it forward from the 2008 financial crisis, slashing interest rates from over 5% down to zero and buying Treasuries and mortgage backed securities to provide market liquidity and support. Furthermore, the Trump administration’s more recent deregulation and tax reforms had turbocharged an already strong economy. Thus, the U.S. has been a standout performer versus other developed and emerging economies.

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Why I Love Working For A Family Office

Family offices play an important role in the lives of ultra-high-net-worth families, helping them with wealth challenges, lifestyle, property management, and tax services, to name a few. Working for a family office is an opportunity that allows me to apply my passion for both the investment markets and for helping people achieve their goals and prosper in life.

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Why I’m So Passionate About Investing

Like many others, I found my way into my career through the example of someone close to me. In my case, it was my father’s interest in the financial world that sparked my passion and eventually led me to pursue investing as a career. As a kid, I would watch my dad study the markets, read his Value Line subscription, and watch CNBC for financial news. He was such a successful student of the markets that his Smith Barney stockbroker would often pitch my dad’s ideas to his other clients. Having this example in my formative years, I couldn’t help but become interested in the markets and investing myself. This interest has led me down the path to a fulfilling career.

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What's New at MQS

We want to take a moment to share our appreciation to all of our clients, team members, partners, and friends of the firm who have positively impacted Massey Quick Simon this past year. Since the start of 2018, we have expanded into Chattanooga, launched a new website, added equity principals, and given back to the local community through our Annual Golf Outing and community service day. See our newest initiatives, offices, and team members in our firm newsletter!

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What You Need to Know About Brexit

Brexit has been in the headlines of global news ever since its referendum in the summer of 2016. Now this month, talk of Brexit is reaching a feverish pitch as the UK is slated to leave the EU by the end of March. There are three likely scenarios that could occur by the end of the month.

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