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I Was a Victim of Credit Fraud

By Ken Hatfield

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Lessons for the Next Crisis

It will soon be the 10-year anniversary of when, in early October 2007, the S&P 500 Index hit what was its highest point before losing more than half of its value over the next year and a half during the global financial crisis. What are the lessons for the next crisis? This, another article with the benefit of hindsight, provides a useful perspective for investors. To read the article please click here: Lessons-for-the-Next-Crisis.pdf

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A Look Back at 2016 - Weston Wellington

Weston, many of you may recall, spoke at our Speakers Forum and Reception two years ago and is well known for his compelling talks and prolific writing. In his piece 'A Look Back at 2016", Wellington says, "Every year brings its share of surprises. But how many of us could have imagined that 2016 would see the Chicago Cubs win the World Series, Bob Dylan receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Donald Trump elected president, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average close out the year a whisker away from 20,000?"

This short piece is worth the read. Please click the link below to read the full story.

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How to Respond to a Data Breach

We are often asked by those who may have experienced a personal security breach, or may have been the victim of identity theft, what actions they should take. A good reference piece has been prepared by Charles Schwab, and we felt it useful in answering questions related to the steps to take after having been a victim of such a crime. The piece notes, "Time is of the essence, whether your personal data has been compromised as part of a larger cyberattack, or you are the victim of an individual cybercrime. You'll need to take immediate action to minimize the impacts." The piece provides steps that you should take and how to respond within the first 24-48 hours, as well as valuable suggestions, websites, phone numbers and email addresses to be utilized should you become a victim.

While we at Portfolio Advisors are not experts in this area, some of our staff members have been victims themselves and may be of assistance to you in helping answer questions that you may have.

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A Vote for Small Cap Stocks?

You've heard us say it many times. It's near impossible to accurately predict which asset class or sector is going to outperform or under perform at any point in time. Therefore, we continue to encourage investors to maintain a broadly diversified portfolio to capture returns among the various areas of the market as they occur.

A recent article from Dimensional Fund Advisors helps underscore the unpredictable nature of returns. Using a recent example, the article notes that small cap stocks led large caps through October 31 by a slim .34% margin (as measured by the Russell 1000 Index 5.82% YTD return vs. Russell 2000 Index 6.16% YTD return). The article goes on to point out that in the eight trading days following the US presidential election, the margin for small cap stocks grew by a considerable margin of 8% (as measured by the Russell 1000 Index 9.99% YTD return vs. Russell 2000 Index 18.00% YTD return).

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