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Market Analysis – June 2017

July 6, 2017

Strong corporate earnings growth continues to propel global stock markets upward. . . . International and emerging market stocks represent the greatest potential because valuations are less stretched and profitability gains have further to run. . . .it …Read More

Death of Retail: Fact or Fiction

June 16, 2017

Many of the headlines in the news about brick and mortar retail suggest this method of spending is becoming extinct and that many consumers are using solely electronic means to purchase goods. Even a word as dramatic as “apocalypse” has been used to …Read More

Market Analysis – May 2017

June 2, 2017

Politics still impact financial markets in the short term, as shown by the Dow Industrial Average falling 373 points on May 17. On that day, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate Russia’s attack on our 2016 …Read More

Financial Planning as a Career Asset

May 17, 2017

Over the years I have met one-on-one with many college students, often the children or grandchildren of my investment management clients. I am proud that we work with multiple generations for several of our client families; we know and take care of …Read More

Market Analysis – April 2017

May 4, 2017

Scott Wittman, Chief Investment Officer at American Century Investments, is one of the investment professionals I like to follow. Recently, Scott articulated that at American Century, politics has no value as a variable for investment analysis; there are …Read More

Market Analysis – March 2017

April 4, 2017

In my 35 years as a Financial Advisor, I have never seen a U.S. President capture so much attention from the financial markets, and from almost everywhere else. The New York Times ran an article this month estimating that Donald Trump has received more …Read More

Are You Saving for Retirement? — Advice for Women

March 28, 2017

A 2016 Survey by GOBankingRates found that 56% of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement. Scary stuff. Scarier still is that two-thirds of the women surveyed said they had no savings or less than $10,000 in retirement savings, compared …Read More

Tax Season Prep: Taxes and More

March 18, 2017

Tax season is upon us, and you may be getting ready to file by the April 18 deadline. Typically, the deadline for taxes is April 15, but because that date falls on a Saturday and April 17 is a legal holiday, the tax deadline has been pushed to April 18 …Read More

Market Analysis – February 2017 (with Fiduciary Rule comments)

March 3, 2017

The Fiduciary Rule After more than a year of deliberation, the US Department of Labor (DOL) under President Obama issued a new regulation specifying how all financial advisors in regard to retirement accounts should be held to a fiduciary standard. This …Read More

Market Analysis – January 2017

February 3, 2017

Although still positive for the month, the so called Trump Rally took a breather in January. There is concern that Trump’s three business-friendly intentions for 1) tax reform, 2) looser regulations, and 3) infrastructure spending are being undermined …Read More

Where to Stash Your Cash

January 24, 2017

Especially in uncertain times, it’s a good idea to hold some amount of your savings in cash. A good rule of thumb is to hold three to six months of necessary living expenses in cash or liquid funds generally called your “emergency reserves”. …Read More

Market Analysis – December 2016

January 11, 2017

Expectations are running high for President-Elect Donald Trump and the Republican majority. Nobody knows exactly what is going to happen in regard to Trump’s business-friendly policies for tax cuts, tax reform, looser regulations, and infrastructure …Read More

The Fed Should Stop Predicting Future Rate Increases

December 16, 2016

There was no surprise yesterday when the Fed announced a modest 0.25% rate increase, which still leaves interest rates at historic lows. The move is not surprising because the US economy is accelerating, the stock market has reached all-time highs, …Read More

Market Analysis – November 2016

December 5, 2016

Before the November 8 election, the strength of the US economy was well established, as demonstrated by the upward revision of Q3 growth (due to strong consumer spending) from 2.9% to 3.2% annualized. This, plus seven straight years of job growth and the …Read More

2016 End-of-Year Actions to Enhance Your Retirement Savings

November 21, 2016

Making contributions to your retirement accounts is guaranteed to strengthen your financial and retirement plan. This year December 31 is on a Saturday, which means you should be planning those 2016 contributions now and targeting Thursday, December 29 …Read More

Our Investment Perspective — Stay Calm and Carry On

November 9, 2016

Last night was very unsettling to many Americans. There are many issues in this election, but as your Chief Investment Officer, I am focused on your money and your investments: 1. We do well when we separate our emotional reactions from our investment …Read More

Market Analysis – October 2016

November 3, 2016

A Growth Spurt for the US Economy, a headline in the October 29 Wall Street Journal, refers to the Commerce Department’s announcement that the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose at a 2.9% annual rate for the third quarter ending in September. This is …Read More

Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRAs

October 13, 2016

If you are age 70 ½ or older and have money in an IRA account, you must, as you may know, take a “required minimum distribution” or RMD from your account (excluding Roth IRAs). Not doing so can result in big trouble and penalties with the IRS. If …Read More

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November 9, 2019 This year continues to reward stock and bond investors. After starting the month with a decline, …Read More

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529 College Savings Plan Resources
November 1, 2019 529 Education Savings Plans are a meaningful topic for parents, grandparents, and anyone else who …Read More