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Patricia Rohloff

Bridges Trust Company and Bridges Investment Management to form long-term partnership with McCarthy Group

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OMAHA (NE), (August 14, 2017): Bridges Trust Company and Bridges Investment Management, a registered investment advisor, have created a platform to provide multigenerational trust and wealth management services. Management of the Bridges companies has formed a holding company together with strategic investor McCarthy Group, LLC, an Omaha-based investment company. The Bridges companies plan to expand the organization’s client service capabilities,…

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Rate Hike Hint Scares Market

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The relative calm that has marked trading in the major domestic equity exchanges for the past several weeks was broken on Friday as comments from Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren suggesting that the Federal Reserve could resume raising rates soon. The markets had almost completely written off any possible rate hike in September and this new bit of information caused…

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Brexit Update

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After two sharp down days for stocks in the wake of the Brexit vote, U.S. equities rallied sharply on Tuesday as bargain hunters emerged.  The S&P 500, which declined from 2113 last Thursday to 2000 on the close on Monday, advanced $35 to 2035 on Tuesday, recovering about one-third of the June 23-June 27 decline. While today’s relief rally is…

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BREXIT IT IS!

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Last night the British voted to leave the European Union with British Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation shortly after the results became known. These developments have caused concern and uncertainty in the worldwide markets this morning with domestic markets selling off around 3% and European markets off 5-10%. This transition will take some time, a number of years…

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Brexit or Bremain?

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The recent market volatility owes much to the recent question of whether Britain will remain within the European Union. Polls indicate that the vote today will be close with many voters indicating they may decide on the way to the polls.  There are broad based implications to investment markets from currency aspects, fixed and equity market aspects to geopolitical issues…

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Berkshire Hathaway 2015 Shareholder Letter Highlights and Comments

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Here are what Ted believes are some salient highlights from the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders letter. The first page of the letter has several significant points for investors that have a long-term horizon: Buffett views BRK as attractive for purchase at 120% of book value.  At present, “total equity” is $255 billion, market cap is $325 billion, so current valuation…

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Fed Raises Interest Rates

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The Fed raised interest rates 0.25%, the first interest rate increase since 2006.  The rate increase was widely expected, but equities rallied strongly shortly after the news, with the S&P 500 rising 29 points, or 1.43%, to 2073.  This marks a sea change in the stock market since last Friday, when the S&P 500 closed at 2012, down 4% on…

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