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Q2 2021 Economic and Market Update

Q2 2021 Economic update

Given the combination of widespread vaccine availability, loosening of business restrictions, ultra-low interest rates, and massive government stimulus, the U.S. economy has fundamentally roared back to pre-pandemic levels and has stoked investor optimism across a variety of asset classes. Global stock markets have surged this year and remain close to all-time highs even as some […]

Video Discussion: Q1 2021 Market Update

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When it comes to the markets, what a difference a year makes. Thankfully, the first quarter of 2021 looked quite different from much of 2020, when the pandemic threw curveball after curveball at investors. In our latest video discussion, JNBA Chairman and CEO Richard Brown sits down with three senior members of the firm’s Investment […]

Podcast: What Could Rising Interest Rates Mean for Planning and Portfolios?

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  While interest rates remain low, the prospect of higher rates brings with it both challenges and opportunities and raises several questions. Is there still time to refinance your mortgage? Does it make sense to move some cash from savings to a potentially higher yielding opportunity? What could higher inflation mean for investments? In our […]

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies


With its breathtaking volatility and blitzkrieg media coverage, Bitcoin has quickened the pulse of many investors over the last few months. After nearly doubling over a period of three weeks between December and early January to more than $40,000 per unit, it then proceeded to lose nearly a quarter of its value just as fast, […]

Q1 2021 Economic and Market Update

Q1 2021 Economic update

While global growth has somewhat subsided since the end of the year, the U.S. economy’s recovery remains on track, and expectations for another large U.S. spending bill have stoked anticipation for a strong rebound, lifting markets close to record levels. Importantly, corporate profit reports are coming in stronger than expected, and a second half economic […]

The Value of an Advisor: Portfolio Construction

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At JNBA, we are big believers in the value an advisor can provide to clients. A trusted relationship can produce a rewarding experience and long-term mutual benefits for investors and their advisors and advocates. As we continue our blog series on “The Value of an Advisor,” which highlights what research states are some of the […]