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Ameriprise Financial Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

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Can the Latest Rally Continue? Investors Look to Earnings for the Answer

The rally in U.S. equities that began on the day after Christmas continued last week, as the S&P 500 climbed 2.5 percent, bringing the total for the rebound to 10.4 percent. Stocks have risen on nine of the twelve trading days throughout this period. Each of the eleven sectors in the index has advanced, but it has been cyclical groups that have led the way, including energy, consumer discretionary, communication services, industrials and technology. …read more

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Ameriprise Financial Launches New Ads Showcasing the Brilliant Experience It Delivers to Clients

Ameriprise Financial (NYSE: AMP) is ushering in 2019 with new advertisements that bring to life the personalized experience the firm and its approximately 10,000 financial advisors deliver to clients. …read more

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In Defense of Diversification

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Investors Embrace Some Good News

The bounce in U.S. equities off the Christmas Eve low now amounts to an impressive 7.7 percent, although the move has certainly been vertiginous, as a 2.5 percent down day in the S&P 500 last Thursday was followed by an almost 3.5 percent gain on Friday. But at week’s end, stocks had climbed 1.9 percent. The big move on Friday came after Federal Reserve Chairman Powell said the Fed would be patient in normalizing monetary policy, temporarily relieving the anxiety of the more skittish Fed watchers. …read more

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Take a Hike, 2018

In fact, take four hikes. And with that, the Federal Reserve took its parting shot at 2018 and went home for the year, presumably not to be heard from at all in the new year, if markets are to be believed. We are not so sure. Expecting economic growth to remain above trend in 2019, we think the Fed will be back in the picture for 2019, taking two more rate hike shots at investor expectations. …read more

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Market Turmoil Leaves Investors Wondering What’s Next?

The rout in equities accelerated last week. The S&P 500 shed 7.1 percent, its worst week since August 2011. The index is now lower by 9.6 percent on the year and down 17.5 percent from its September 20 closing high, just shy of the 20 percent decline that defines a bear market, although that comes as small comfort. The Nasdaq Composite index is now in a bear market, down 21.9 percent from its August 29 high after falling 8.4 percent last week. And the small cap Russell 2000 is now down 25.8 percent after dropping 8.4 percent last week. …read more

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Investors Prepare for Another Fed Rate Hike

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Ameriprise Financial Announces Schedule for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Investor Conference Call

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A Swift Shift in Sentiment Leaves Investors Wondering What’s Next for Markets?

Just one week after surging to their best weekly gain in years, U.S. stocks gave almost all of it back last week, suffering their worst loss since March. It was a curious week to say the least. After receiving some reassuringly dovish commentary from the Fed the week before, stocks were poised to rally further on word from Buenos Aires of a cease fire on the trade front with China. And it came. But the rally faded quickly, lasting only through Monday, after which stocks turned sharply lower. The S&P 500 lost 4.6 percent on the week, leaving it lower on the year by 1.5 percent and back in correction territory from its high on September 20.

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