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Work with MountainOne Investments and discover the local personal service you’ve come to trust coupled with the resources and backing of a nationally recognized firm.

You get peace of mind knowing our independent advisors are motivated to find the right solution to meet your needs. It’s as simple as that.

We specialize in helping to weave your distinct goals, ambitions, and dreams for the future into a cohesive vision. And with no pressure to promote a particular product or answer to a parent company’s sales quotas, we’re free to provide you with sound advice and to deliver practical solutions that are tailored for your near- and long-term financial success.

What do you dream? Where do you want to go?

Wherever you are in life, our primary focus is to help you create a plan that reflects your values and way of thinking, suits your current circumstances, grows to fit your changing needs, and is flexible enough to accommodate the unexpected along the way. Our integrated solutions include:

  • Investment management
  • Insurance planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Charitable giving strategies
  • Estate planning

Let’s make a plan.

We stick to a comprehensive planning process that begins with an across-the-board analysis of where you are and where you want to go. We continue by creating a financial plan, implementing it, and then continuously monitoring it to make sure
 you stay on track with your goals. It’s a highly personalized, consultative approach to developing a personal strategy that works for you. Taking into account your dreams, time horizon, and risk tolerance to help you reach your financial objectives: that’s what we do at MountainOne Investments.

A sound plan. The right solutions. And, of course, you.

Of course, making the right plan and choosing the best financial solutions are both keys to success, but so are you. That’s why every aspect of our business model and approach is tailored around you. We respect your ideas, respond promptly to your questions, and are accountable only to you. Your goals, expectations, and risk tolerance drive every recommendation we make.

This commitment we make to every one of our relationships is why our clients trust us to guide their financial lives and recommend us to their families and friends to do the same for them.

Did we mention that we work for you, and you alone?

And speaking of you, our status as independent financial advisors means you can be assured that our interests are always aligned with yours. That’s why we partnered with Commonwealth Financial Network®—an independent broker/dealer with over a 30-year history and a client-centric service model that mirrors our own. We have access to the vast array
 of investment choices and product strategies the industry has to offer. We are free to manage your financial well-being, without restrictions or the demands and product limitations of a large corporate firm. Instead, we focus on what benefits you most.

Personal Services

  • Managed Portfolios
  • IRA Rollovers
  • Retirement
  • Education
  • Estate Planning

Business Services

  • 401(k) Plans
  • Safe Harbor Plans
  • 403(b) Plans
  • SEP Plans
  • Simple IRA Plans
  • Defined Benefit Plans
  • Profit Sharing Plans

Financial success
is closer than
you think.

Call us today at
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Our Advisors

When you partner with MountainOne Investments, you have access to a group of local, knowledgeable, dedicated professionals, motivated to helping you manage your financial life. By working as a collaborative team, we’re able to integrate your important life decisions into a simplified financial strategy that will meet your goals today and set you up for success tomorrow.

To help make that happen, we’ve assembled a highly knowledgeable team with diverse specialties. This gives us the resources to address a wide range of investment needs for both businesses and for individuals. And, in turn, it gives you complete satisfaction and a reason to be loyal to MountainOne Investments.

Rob Abel
AIF®
Financial Advisor
Williamstown
Brendan Bullett
Financial Advisor
North Adams
Lisa Lamb
CFP®
Financial Advisor
Williamstown
Jason Dohaney
Financial Advisor
North Adams
Jay Durand
CFA®
Financial Advisor
North Adams
Doris Karampatsos
CFP®
Financial Advisor
Williamstown
Shawn Leonard
Financial Advisor
North Adams

Our Broker Dealer: Commonwealth Financial Network

What is a broker/dealer?

A broker/dealer is a company in which a registered investment professional is required to affiliate with in order to buy and sell investment products on behalf of investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) delegates the supervision of financial advisors to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). FINRA, in turn, requires us to choose a broker/dealer to partner on your behalf.

Why Commonwealth Financial Network®?

Commonwealth is an independent broker/dealer–RIA, which means that our firm is free to act in your best interest, without pressure to promote a particular product or strategy. It's a model that differs from that of some other, larger financial firms known as wirehouses, whose financial representatives are accountable not just to their clients, but also to the parent company that employs them.

Commonwealth is also independently owned and managed, which means the firm retains the freedom to allocate resources where they're needed and to act in the best interests of their financial advisors and clients—not shareholders.

How Commonwealth helps us help you.

Commonwealth was ranked "Highest in Independent Advisor Satisfaction Among Financial Investment Firms" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Financial Advisor Satisfaction Study.* But it's what that achievement means for our clients—on a daily basis—that makes the difference.

Commonwealth goes far beyond what's required of a broker/dealer; the entire organization is built around doing whatever it takes to satisfy not only the advisors who work with the firm, but the clients of those advisors as well. It's that infrastructure—and the always expanding wealth of resources it provides—that makes it easier for our firm to provide you with the best possible guidance and the prompt, personal service you expect and deserve.

  • Investment choice. Your financial objectives, personal investment style, and risk tolerance are the only criteria that influence our recommendations to you. Commonwealth offers us access to a virtually limitless selection of third-party investment vehicles and truly objective, independent research from its in-house analysts, helping to ensure that we have the freedom to operate in your best interest.
  • Service. The firm's advisor-to-staff ratio is one of the best in the industry. This means staff members answer our calls promptly, execute transactions quickly and accurately, and, in general, offer our firm the same first-class treatment we strive to give you.
  • Technology. Commonwealth's technology platform is a critical component in our ability to provide you with first-class service and support. Its integrated web-based systems allow us to efficiently manage your portfolio and your overall financial picture.
  • Security. Commonwealth is second to none in its commitment to safeguarding your privacy and ensuring that your investment data remains secure. From encryption standards to disaster recovery plans and other measures the firm employs, we are confident that the information our clients entrust to us remains secure.

If you'd like to know more about our affiliation with Commonwealth, please feel free to give us a call—we welcome the opportunity to talk with you.

Weekly Market Update, December 11, 2017

General market news               

  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury opened this Monday at 2.38 percent, after a volatile week that saw it as high as 2.42 percent and as low as 2.31 percent. The volatility can be attributed largely to the ongoing debate over the tax bill.
  • U.S. markets remained mixed last week. The Dow Jones continued its lead among the three major indices, posting a gain of 0.46 percent. The S&P 500 followed with a gain of 0.39 percent, but the Nasdaq Composite continued to struggle, losing 0.10 percent as the markets continued to favor value over growth.
  • Both the U.S. and the U.K. reached important deals last week. The U.S. deal temporarily avoided a government shutdown; in two weeks, the House and Senate will try to negotiate a longer-term solution. Overseas, the U.K. and European Union (EU) came to a financial agreement for Brexit, which included discussion of the rights of EU citizens in the U.K. and details regarding the border with Northern Ireland.
  • In other news last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued a warning regarding a stress test it conducted on Chinese banks, which found that many of them were overextended on the amount of credit issued.
  • Last week’s economic news was positive, with better-than-expected results across the board. On Monday, durable goods orders declined by less than expected. It was even more promising that core orders, which exclude volatile transportation purchases, rose by a healthy 0.9 percent.
  • On Tuesday, the Institute for Supply Management’s Nonmanufacturing index declined slightly to 57.4; however, this still represents a very strong sentiment for the service economy.
  • On Friday, the November employment report came in better than expected, as 228,000 new jobs were added against expectations for 200,000. The underlying data was also positive, as unemployment remained at 4.1 percent and wages continued to grow.

Equity Index

Week-to-Date

Month-to-Date

Year-to-Date

12-Month

S&P 500

0.39%

0.19%

20.72%

20.45%

Nasdaq Composite

–0.10%

–0.48%

28.46%

27.75%

DJIA

0.46%

0.30%

26.07%

27.05%

MSCI EAFE

0.10%

–0.72%

22.79%

23.55%

MSCI Emerging Markets

–0.45%

–0.88%

31.71%

29.61%

Russell 2000

–0.97%

–1.42%

13.46%

11.22%

Source: Bloomberg

Fixed Income Index

Month-to-Date

Year-to-Date

12-Month

U.S. Broad Market

0.27%

3.34%

3.85%

U.S. Treasury

0.24%

2.24%

2.62%

U.S. Mortgages

0.22%

2.37%

2.61%

Municipal Bond

1.09%

5.49%

5.77%

Source: Morningstar Direct

What to look forward to

This week will be relatively slow, with the release of just a few reports, though they will cover the spectrum of economic activity.

On Wednesday, the Consumer Price Index is expected to show that headline inflation accelerated 0.4 percent in November, up from growth of 0.1 percent in October. This would bring the annual rate from 2 percent to 2.2 percent. Rising energy prices—especially gasoline—are expected to contribute to the increase. The core inflation index, which excludes food and energy, is expected to grow by 0.2 percent in November, leaving the annual figure unchanged at 1.8 percent.

Also on Wednesday, the Federal Reserve (Fed) is expected to raise interest rates at its final meeting of 2017, followed by Chair Yellen’s last press conference. Markets will be watching closely to see what they can learn about next year.

On Thursday, the retail sales report is expected to rise by 0.3 percent in November, up from 0.2 percent in October. This figure may be affected by lower auto sales after the post-hurricane surge. Core sales, which exclude autos, are expected to grow by 0.7 percent in November, up significantly from 0.1 percent in October. The growth should be driven by faster spending in general, as well as by higher gasoline prices.

Finally, on Friday, industrial production is expected to increase by 0.3 percent in November, which is down from 0.9-percent growth in October. The strong October number was due to a rebound from hurricane disruptions in September, so the decline is normal, and the expected growth remains healthy. Manufacturing activity also is expected to decline from 1.3 percent to 0.2 percent, which would also maintain a healthy growth level. 

Disclosures: Certain sections of this commentary contain forward-looking statements that are based on our reasonable expectations, estimates, projections, and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. All indices are unmanaged and are not available for direct investment by the public. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The S&P 500 is based on the average performance of the 500 industrial stocks monitored by Standard & Poor’s. The Nasdaq Composite Index measures the performance of all issues listed in the Nasdaq Stock Market, except for rights, warrants, units, and convertible debentures. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is computed by summing the prices of the stocks of 30 large companies and then dividing that total by an adjusted value, one which has been adjusted over the years to account for the effects of stock splits on the prices of the 30 companies. Dividends are reinvested to reflect the actual performance of the underlying securities. The MSCI EAFE Index is a float-adjusted market capitalization index designed to measure developed market equity performance, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a market capitalization-weighted index composed of companies representative of the market structure of 26 emerging market countries in Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific Basin. The Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000® Index. The Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index is an unmanaged market value-weighted performance benchmark for investment-grade fixed-rate debt issues, including government, corporate, asset-backed, and mortgage-backed securities with maturities of at least one year. The U.S. Treasury Index is based on the auctions of U.S. Treasury bills, or on the U.S. Treasury’s daily yield curve. The Bloomberg Barclays US Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) Index is an unmanaged market value-weighted index of 15- and 30-year fixed-rate securities backed by mortgage pools of the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA), Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), and balloon mortgages with fixed-rate coupons. The Bloomberg Barclays US Municipal Index includes investment-grade, tax-exempt, and fixed-rate bonds with long-term maturities (greater than 2 years) selected from issues larger than $50 million.

Authored by the Investment Research team at Commonwealth Financial Network

© 2017 Commonwealth Financial Network®

 

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