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The stock market advanced moderately in Q2, driven predominantly by positive U.S. economic fundamentals. Technology and Energy sectors have led the way, while international markets have lagged as investors continue to digest near-term headwinds regarding trade and tariff disputes between the U.S. and China.

Domestically, a strong economy has minimized the negative effect of political tensions overseas. Growth and moderate inflation have provided confidence in the Federal Reserve to continue their slow increase of interest rates, which has had a negative effect on bond markets in the short-term.

Internationally, improving fundamentals and cheap valuations should provide positive growth as these markets begin to stabilize. Despite the geopolitical risks mentioned above, we feel that the positives outweigh the negatives, and we remain confident that a disciplined and patient investment approach will reward investors as trade and tariff tensions begin to ease.

Matthew A. Stout, AWMA®
Managing Member
Marc E. Bowman
Managing Member

Matthew A. Stout, AWMA®
Managing Member

Marc E. Bowman
Managing Member

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