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Lauren Black Named President of Starkville Business Network

Phillips Financial would like to recognize Lauren Black, MBA, CFP® on being named President of the Starkville Business Network.

The Starkville Business Network was founded in the summer of 2015. Black is among the founding members, along with Cory Lucius (Shelter Insurance), Kass Green (Tom Smith Land & Homes), Christina Lucas (Tom Smith Land & Homes), Cole Brazil (Bancorp South), and Tyler Anderson (Mississippi Land Bank).

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Phillips-Gaines Ranked Among Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in the U.S.

Lynn Phillips-Gaines, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, at Phillips Financial, An Independent Firm, and financial advisor with Raymond James, was recently named to Barron’s list of “The Top 1,200 Advisors” in the country. The 2017 list, ranked 1,200 advisors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This marks the third consecutive year for Phillips-Gaines to earn placement on the prestigious list. It is the largest, most comprehensive annual advisor list circulated by Barron’s.

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Lynn Phillips-Gaines Ranked Among Forbes Top 200 Women Wealth Advisors

Congratulations to our very own Lynn Phillips-Gaines, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, who was recently named to Forbes’ list of Top 200 Women Wealth Advisors. The 2017 list, named 200 top female financial advisors from coast to coast, who manage a combined $200 billion dollars on behalf of their clients. Being amongst this group, Phillips-Gaines is being recognized for the quality of her practice, as well as asset management.

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Recap: Markets Experience Tumultuous January

Record stock market highs retreated as January came to a close. U.S. stocks tumbled toward the end of the month, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) edging back from its much-touted record high above 20,000. The broad-market S&P 500 also retreated, while bond yields remain unchanged for the most part. In the end, the three major domestic stock indices ended slightly up for the first month of the year.

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2017 Outlook: Wall of Hope

Written by: Stephen Auth, CFA (Chief Investment Officer, Equities, overseeing all of Federated’s equity and asset allocation products globally).

Traditionally, bull markets climb a Wall of Worry. Anxieties about what could go wrong keep expectations low, valuations under control and cash on the sidelines. As the data comes in less-worse than forecast, the mountain of cash set aside due to the wall of worry gradually seeps into the market, fueling the advance. Since the lows in 2009, this secular bull has followed this classic market pattern.

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