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Market Recap: Third Quarter 2020

The third quarter of 2020 produced the second consecutive quarter of notable market gains, with volatility (as measured by the CBOE Volatility Index or “VIX”) decreasing consistently throughout the quarter. Behind the headline numbers, however, there was still cause for concern. Three large themes emerged during the quarter, especially during the latter half. First, U.S. dollar weakness beginning late March reversed course and strengthened 1.9 percent in September. In our view, U.S. dollar strength signaled that effects of monetary stimulus began to wane. Second, expectations for another round of fiscal stimulus appeared to fade quickly in September, which lead to

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Medicare enrollment now open

Medicare enrollment now open

The annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period is the time during which Medicare beneficiaries can make new choices and pick plans that work best for them. Each year, Medicare plan costs and coverage typically change. In addition, your health-care needs may have changed over the past year. The Open Enrollment Period — which began October 15 and runs through December 7 — is your opportunity to switch Medicare health and prescription drug plans to better suit your needs. During this period, you can: Join a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) Switch from one Part D plan to another Part D

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Azzad Asset Management - What the election means for your portfolio

What the election means for your portfolio

While elections are important to any functioning democracy, to investment professionals, elections are primarily significant due to their effect on portfolios. In particular, investors must understand – and anticipate – the correlation between the outcomes of the election and the markets, if any. Red, Blue or Purple – Does It Matter Who Wins? It is true that politics can be deeply personal, especially because the issues addressed by both parties extend well beyond capital markets. Additionally, elected officials can enact policies that, for the long term, may impact markets and market returns. However, despite these facts, it seems investors place

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FAQs: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid

FAQs: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2021-2022 year opened on October 1, 2020. The FAFSA is a prerequisite for federal student loans, grants, and work-study. In addition, colleges typically require the FAFSA before distributing their own need-based aid and, in some cases, merit-based aid. Students must submit the FAFSA every year to be eligible for financial aid (along with any other college-specific financial aid form that may be required, such as the CSS Profile). It is a good idea to file the FAFSA as early as possible in the fall because some aid programs operate on

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