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What Is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is the oft talked about cryptocurrency that has investors scrambling to understand its inner workings. Bitcoin reached its highest valuation of about $19,000 per coin on December 17, 2017 (Coindesk). Since this peak bitcoin has fallen 28 percent in January tumbling through a widespread sell-off and various speculations about the asset’s value. (CNBC) As of this writing bitcoins valuation has fallen to below $8,000 per bitcoin, yet the total market cap of all cryptocurrencies is around $400 billion. in recent months while Bitcoin has fallen, about a third of other types of digital currencies, often called alt-coins, have gained ground.

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Good Morning Volatility!

Shares of CBOE Global Markets Inc. tumbled 5.5% in trading Friday, after the futures and ETF company reported profit and revenue that marginally missed expectations. Since Monday February 5th, stocks have also taken a tumble marked by an startling uptick in volatility. A few exchange traded funds whose performance tracks the volatility index were the most outright victims of the downturn.

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March Mudness

It is finally that time of the year. No, not college basketball season - tax season! By now everyone should have received (or been able to download) their Forms 1099 and other important documents. Today (March 15) also marks the deadline to file your 2017 S-Corp or partnership tax returns and elect to file as an S-Corp for 2018. Roll up your sleeves, sharpen your pencils, and find your calculator.

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Smart Beta

Smart beta refers to investment strategies that differ from traditional capitalization weighted indexing or actively managed investment approaches. Smart betas are based on empirical data or live historical research and may offer superior performance relative to more traditional indexation methods.

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ESG Investing

A 2015 study by Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing showed that ESG both increased portfolio returns and reduced portfolio volatility for 64% of the periods since 1990. Of the three factors (environmental, social and governance), the governance score has shown the strongest impact on performance.

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