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Every week we update our blog Curran Views. Our topics of discussion range and all categories can be found listed below. Please feel free to contact us with comments or suggestions for topics you think we should discuss.

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Rising Concerns

On a weekly basis we have been updating our chart plotting the growth rate in Covid-19 against the price of the S&P 500. We are bringing our updates to a close because (at least for now), we have determined that the correlation between the market and Covid-19 daily growth rate in cases has broken down.

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New Rollover Rules for 2020 RMD's

When the US Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in early 2020 it gave many individuals who are required to take RMD’s (Required Minimum Distributions) the ability to halt those distributions for the year. Those that had already taken their distributions and fell into the 60 day rollover window had the option of returning those funds.

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Rising Rate

While more progress needs to be made battling the virus, such as greater acceptance of wearing masks and social distancing, growth in confirmed cases peaked at over 200% when the market set its 52-week low, March 23rd. Nationally, the numbers are encouraging.

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Too fast or too Soon

Nationally, the numbers are encouraging. Digging deeper there is a concern that some states have opened too fast, too soon. Evaluating some states such as Arizona and Texas, where growth in the virus has increased and hospitalizations are rising. It’s uncertain how long this pattern will continue…

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Turbulent Times, Rising Market

The chart below illustrates the price movement in the S&P 500 against the growth rate in the CDC’s reported number of Covid-19 cases. “Every human being has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom: The power to choose, to respond, to change.” ~ Steven Covey

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Market Rally Continues

“I like clarity of thought. Don’t get involved in distracting minutiae and details that cloud what your question is, what your mission is, what your mandate is.” Dr. Anthony Fauci On a weekly basis we are updating our chart plotting the growth rate in Covid-19 against the price of the S&P 500.

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Hey COVID-19

We think that it’s important to note for everyone, not just investors, that despite the despairing headlines there are indications that the worst is behind us. It bears repeating: the market is a leading indicator. The path higher will not be a straight line and investors will wonder if the recent low will be tested again. Market bottoms are always obvious in the rearview mirror. Calling one in advance with precision or in real time is not possible...

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Staying the Course – Coronavirus and Stock Market Volatility

At Curran Wealth Management, our client's investments are designed to support long-term objectives, not today’s needs. In situations like this, it is important to have perspective and remember that swift market drops are not unusual. Of course, the headlines are scary and fear of the unknown is scariest of all, but the nature of the market is that it will go up and down. That is just par for the course...

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Business Conditions Index 12/26/19

Our view continues to be the United States is in the early stages of a great investment and savings cycle that will sustain continued growth. After years of consumer spending being the primary catalyst, the economy is now being supported by more investment and is slowly weaning itself away from consumption based growth.

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