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Fourth Quarter 2015 Market Commentary

Economic Highlights: Real GDP growth slowed during the third quarter of 2015, expanding 2.0% on an annualized basis. The U.S. economy continues to move forward, with economic growth equaling 2.1% for the past 12 months. The only point of weakness during the quarter was in business spending, which was down due to a substantial accumulation of inventory during the first half of the year.

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November 2015 Monthly Market Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets: Domestic equity markets were positive in November, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 0.46% and the S&P 500 Index returned 0.30%. Market volatility increased in November, with the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ending the month at 16.13, up from 15.07 at the end of October.

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October 2015 Monthly Market Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets: Domestic equity markets were positive in October, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 8.01% and the S&P 500 Index returned 8.44%. Market volatility decreased in October, with the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ending the month at 15.07, down from 24.50 at the end of September.

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  Third Quarter 2015 Market Commentary

Economic Highlights: Real GDP growth was strong during the second quarter of 2015, expanding 3.9% on an annualized basis. Economic growth has improved during the last two years and stands at 2.7% for the past 12 months. Growth was broad based during the quarter, with consumer, business and government spending exhibiting gains.

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  August 2015 Monthly Market Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets: Domestic equity markets were negative in August, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned -5.95% and the S&P 500 Index returned -6.03%. Market volatility increased significantly in August, with the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ending the month at 28.43, up from 12.12 at the end of July.

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September Rate Hike Remains Uncertain

The Fed Five-Year Forward Breakeven Rate, which uses Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) to calculate implied inflation expectations of investors and represents a notable measure of inflation for the Federal Reserve, recently slid back below the Fed’s Target Inflation Rate of 2% (Exhibit 1).

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  Second Quarter 2015 Market Commentary

Economic Highlights: Real GDP was down slightly during the first quarter of 2015, contracting -0.2%. Economic growth has slowed for the last two quarters after a two quarter surge in 2014. Although personal consumption growth was positive, exports contracted, as did state and local government spending.

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