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Green shoots popping up as the country burns

These are indeed interesting times. Our country has been opening back up with great success over the last few weeks, and the economic numbers are starting to reflect a ray of hope for all Americans to get back to NORMAL life. Last week was a decent week for economic data. This statement might seem surprising, given that first quarter U.S. real GDP was revised lower to -5.0% quarter over quarter annualized and tracking estimates for 2Q have fallen to… View More

The market continues to climb as more positive news comes out

The S&P 500 Index returned 3.27% last week, gaining back the previous week’s losses. The index is now down less than 7.8% year-to-date and is up over 32.5% since its closing low on March 23. Monday showed its best performance since early April, climbing 3.16% with strength seen in energy stocks as crude oil futures jumped 8.12%. Equity markets were boosted by reports of early positive results from Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial. Positive comments from both Federal Reserve… View More

Cyber Security Information

With more people spending more time online, cyber security industry experts have observed an increase in cyber security threats. We wanted to share some information on simple things that everyone can do to strengthen their position with respect to cyber security. Please see the attached document to review some recommendations on things you can do to improve your cyber security strength. Sincerely, Fortem Financial(760)… View More

Markets are looking to the future despite the current disruption caused by Covid-19

In the middle of last week Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank was not considering employing negative interest rates to combat slowing economic conditions. And the data last week did indicate that COVID is wrecking havok with US economic activity. Last Tuesday witnessed a decline in the Consumer Price Index of 0.8% for April. Energy prices declined 10.1% in April, while food prices rose 1.5%. The “core” CPI, which excludes food and energy, declined 0.4% in April,… View More

Markets move higher despite over 20 million job losses

Stocks made a positive move to start off the month with the S&P 500 returning over 3.5% last week, the first positive move since mid-April. Despite stocks moving higher, job losses in April totaled 20.5 million to bring the unemployment rate back to a level not touched since the Great Depression. Investors risk appetites look to be back as technology companies in the NASDAQ Composite index boosted returns to nearly 6% for the week. Fortinet Inc, IPG Photonics, and PayPal Inc were the top… View More

Things are getting better… but we will see two steps forward and one step back for the next few months

Unemployment has surged. There were 152.5 million people on U.S. non-farm payrolls at the peak. The surge in jobless filings during the past 2 months have left U.S. continuing claims at roughly 18 million as of April 18th, up from under 2 million a year ago. Private payroll data (ADP) indicate that roughly half of U.S. workers are employed in small & medium size business – this is where we see continued solvency issues in addition to liquidity issues. Workers can be called back… View More

We flattened the contagion curve, now what?

US and global leaders have faced difficult decisions over the last month or so. As Covid-19 gained momentum, the US and much of the rest of the world began “sheltering in place,” effectively shutting down significant portions the global economy. There was sound logic in sheltering at home; it would help flatten the contagion curve of the Coronavirus, and with this being a NEW virus, it was the most likely way to flatten the curve within weeks. We needed to protect our… View More

The natives are starting to get restless

Markets were up again last week as we are making our way out the other side of the Pandemic. Every day that goes by is another day we are closer to getting back to our normal lives. You may have noticed a pickup in protests from Americans wanting to go back to work. As we watched the curve flatten and numbers come down for new cases and and new breakouts of the Coronavirus, the federal government rolled out its plan to reopen the economy in phases. The plan looks like it is… View More

Guidelines for Opening America up Again

The shelter-in-place orders in the U.S. are showing signs that the Coronavirus curve is flattening, and our country is now looking forward to when and how to reopen the U.S. economy. Here is a link to review the White House's plan: https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/ Sincerely, Fortem… View More

Things are getting better but it is still going to take some patience to get back to normal

The Wuhan Coronavirus shock to the economy looks to be one of the worst on record. It remains possible that nearly all economic data series will show record weakness now. The Wuhan Coronavirus (with no vaccine/effective drugs) has left one option: shutting down economic activity to slow the spread & buy time for doctors. This strategy resulted in 6.6 million U.S. initial jobless claims last week, on top of a revised 6.9 million the week before, and 3.3 million claims the week before… View More

PRIVACY NOTICE REGARDING CLIENT PRIVACY

Fortem Financial Group, LLC, has adopted this policy with recognition that protecting the privacy and security of the non-public personal information we obtain about our customers is an important responsibility.

All financial companies choose how they share your non-public personal information. Federal law gives consumers the right to limit some but not all sharing. Federal law also requires us to tell you how we collect, share, and protect your non-public personal information. Even when you are no longer our customer, we will only share your non-public personal information as described in this notice. So, please read this notice carefully to understand what we do.

The types of non-public personal information we collect and share depend on the product or service you have with us. This information can include items such as your Social Security number and income, your account balances and transaction history, and your investment experience and account transactions.

We collect your non-public personal information in a variety of ways. For example, we obtain your non-public personal information when you open an account or give us your income information, tell us about your portfolio or deposit money, or enter into an investment advisory contract. We also collect your non-public personal information from other companies. For example, from the custodians who hold your account assets.

All financial companies need to share customer’s non-public personal information to run their everyday business. Below, we describe the reasons we can share your non-public personal information and whether you can limit this sharing.

We share your non-public personal information for our everyday business purposes such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, report to credit bureaus, to protect the confidentiality or security of your records, or as permitted by law. We may also share your non-public personal information for our own firm’s marketing purposes; so that we can offer our products and services to you.

Federal law gives you the right to limit only sharing non-public personal information about your credit worthiness for our affiliates’ everyday business purposes; sharing non-public personal information about you with our affiliates to market to you; and sharing non-public personal information with non-affiliates to market to you.

We don’t share non-public personal information about your creditworthiness with our affiliates for their everyday business purposes. We don’t share your non-public personal information with our affiliates to market to you. We don’t share your non-public personal information with non-affiliates to market to you. We also don’t share your non-public personal information for joint marketing with other financial companies. State laws and individual companies may give you additional rights to limit sharing.

We share non-public personal information with our parent company affiliate, Focus Financial Partners, Inc, for its internal and external auditing purposes. We also share your non-public personal information with a non-affiliate for the purpose of aggregating it and providing summary information based on this data to our parent company, Focus Financial Partners, Inc.

To protect your non-public personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with federal law. These measures include computer safeguards and secured files and buildings.

Our policy about obtaining and disclosing non-public personal information may change from time to time. We will provide you notice of any material change to this policy before we implement the change.

If you have questions please call us at 760-206-8500 or go to our website at www.fortemfin.com.

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