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Reaping the Harvest

by Bonnie Bell, MA, MDiv., Principal, Director of Career/Life Coaching
October 25, 2018

It seems like, every year, the very day after Labor Day I am ambushed by fall. While I am still holding onto summer, still wearing my white jeans, and still having barbecues, I don’t want to even …Read More

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California Taxpayers vs. the New Federal Tax Law

by James F. Bell, CFP®, Founder & Chief Investment Officer
October 25, 2018

On September 1, 2018, the California State Legislature adjourned without conforming the California State Income Tax to any part of the Republican Federal Tax Law, known as the Tax Cuts & Jobs …Read More

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Do You Have a Bias Against International Small-Cap Stocks?

by Forrest Bell, CFP®, President, Financial Planner & Senior Investment Advisor
October 25, 2018

With the S&P 500 fully recovered from the correction earlier this year, and hovering near its all-time high, the current bull market in U.S. large-cap stocks remains one of the longest in …Read More

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How to Plan and Take a Vacation Even If You Are Unemployed

by Bonnie Bell, MA, MDiv., Principal, Director of Career/Life Coaching
July 23, 2018

Who doesn’t love a vacation? The mere word, which means “planned time spent not working,” along with other descriptors such as “break, breathing space, intermission, recess, recreation, …Read More

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Homeowners Insurance

by Forrest Bell, CFP®, President, Financial Planner & Senior Investment Advisor
July 23, 2018

On October 8, 2017, a fire began in Calistoga, California, that would kill 43 people and displace 100,000 others. Because of the weather conditions, the fire moved fast. The following morning, I …Read More

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American Consumers Get Great Deals from the Trade Deficit

by James F. Bell, CFP®, Founder & Chief Investment Officer
July 23, 2018

In 2017 investors benefited from an unusually non-volatile market with consistent growth, but 2018 has been notably less euphoric. So what changed? In short, tariffs: these economic and political …Read More

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Best Quarter for U.S. Stocks Since 2009
April 5, 2019 The breadth of the U.S. stock market gain in the first quarter of 2019 caused all sectors of the …Read More

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Flexibility Moves the Market Upwards
April 8, 2019 The U.S. stock market is celebrating its best start to a new year since 1987. Join Bell Investment …Read More

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Middle Retirement Planning
April 17, 2019 If you read financial planning textbooks, you might be left with the impression that people report …Read More

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Bell received notification from our custodian, Charles Schwab, of a text message-based phishing attempt imitating Schwab. The phishing attempt appears to have been sent to a random set of phone numbers, not necessarily clients of Schwab or Bell Investment Advisors. The phishing attempt was conveyed through text messages appearing to come from Schwab, but in …Read More

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