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Thursday, October 29, 2020

It is a startling statistic. 45% of consumers with $100,000 or more investable assets expect to make changes to their investments due to the upcoming 2020 presidential election.1 Second-guessing your investment strategy is natural,...

Friday, October 9, 2020

When training to become a financial professional, much of our course work centers on the six critical areas of creating a financial strategy. Some recognize October as Financial Planning Month, so it's an excellent opportunity to...

Friday, October 2, 2020

It should come as no surprise to hear the economy is the top issue for voters in the 2020 election. Nearly 8 in ten voters say that the economy will be very important to them when they cast their votes.1 But when voters say...

Friday, September 25, 2020

As the U.S. presidential election draws near, expect to see more and more headlines that propose, "What will happen next if this person is elected?" or, "What policy changes to prepare for in the next four years?" In reality, however,...

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A U.S. drug company recently said that it’s in late-stage trials for its coronavirus vaccine and reported that it could be given to Americans as early as the end of the year.1 Great news. But it seems like every few days...

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Football is back, which means Summer is coming to a close, days will get shorter, and sweaters will soon be in play. This year, there was no pre-season, so professional football started in September, which coincidentally, is a...

Friday, September 4, 2020

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the most widely followed stock market indices, has made some key changes to its starting lineup. Salesforce.com, Amgen Inc.and Honeywell International Inc. have replaced Exxon Mobil Corp...

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Some people in recent weeks may have been feeling that “the stock market seems to be doing so well but I’m not participating.” A look behind the headlines helps tell the story. A CNBC study found that between the...

Friday, August 21, 2020

Right now, many Americans are worried about their financial health due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the country. Adding to these concerns were July's consumer prices— excluding food and energy—which rose at the...

Thursday, August 13, 2020

One of my favorite Wall Street quotes is from Mark Twain, who said: “October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June,...

Friday, June 12, 2020

As businesses begin the process of reopening their doors after the COVID-19 shutdown, many have considered turning to the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program for aid. Announced on March 23, the Program’s goal is...

Friday, May 29, 2020

As states cautiously begin the process of relaxing their COVID-19 restrictions, some are wondering, “Why are the financial markets doing so well when the economy is doing so poorly?” It’s a great question, and...

Friday, May 22, 2020

Hindsight is 20/20. It’s only human to imagine what it might have been like to turn left instead of right on some fateful day. This happened to me recently. On my way home from a movie in late December, instead of taking my path...

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Are you eligible for a stimulus check from the Treasury Department? As of Friday, April 24, the Internal Revenue Service said it had issued 88 million payments to individuals across the country. It plans to send out more than 150...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

As I’m sure you know, the $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” (“CARES”) Act was recently signed into law. The CARES Act is designed to help those most impacted by the COVID-19...

Friday, December 20, 2019

That special time of year is here – a time of love and happiness and wonder, an occasion when we all draw closer together. This Christmas season, I am thinking of you and wishing you and your loved ones all the best the season...

Thursday, December 12, 2019

As you may have heard in the news, Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade have reached an agreement for Schwab to acquire TD Ameritrade. The combined company will retain the Schwab name, and will reflect the best that each legacy firm has to...

Thursday, October 3, 2019

You may have seen the news…first Charles Schwab, and now our custodian TD Ameritrade Institutional is eliminating base commissions for online exchange-listed stock, ETF (domestic and Canadian), and options trades, moving from $6...

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Inflation fears, trade talks, political and international developments… there’s a lot going on in the world right now. As we’ve seen over the years, events like these can influence stock prices in the short-term....

Friday, August 23, 2019

On August 1, 2019, Fed Chair Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve lowered the benchmark rate for the first time in over a decade. The target range is now 2% to 2.25%, a cut of 25 basis points.1 In their statement, the Fed mentioned...

Thursday, August 8, 2019

During the past week, stock prices dropped sharply on fears the trade dispute between the U.S. and China had escalated. Investors woke to the news on Monday, August 5, that the People’s Bank of China had manipulated its currency,...

Thursday, May 23, 2019

With Memorial Day on Monday, it is the unofficial start of "summer". I use the term loosely as this weather gives no indication of an upcoming summer. Nevertheless, from Memorial Day until Labor Day, we typically close the office one...

Thursday, May 2, 2019

It is that time of year again! When our custodian, TD Ameritrade Institutional, confuses the heck out of us due to SEC regulation and mails what it calls “SLOA confirmation notices”. If you are an investment client of ours,...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tax time is almost here! January 28th is the date the IRS is giving for tax returns to begin being accepted. I wanted to provide some important updates, key dates and useful information for the 2018 tax season. For your tax forms...

Thursday, December 20, 2018

As done in the past when markets have been volatile, I am reaching out to discuss the causes and what the present outlook is. As you may know, in recent weeks, the gains in the markets for this year have been predominantly reversed....

Thursday, November 29, 2018

“Stay the course”. “Stick with the plan”. “We cannot control the market, so there is no sense in worrying about it”. You’ve likely heard me, or another investment professional, say...

Friday, October 12, 2018

Well, we knew it had to come eventually, right? We had to see a sharp downturn. Even though we knew it would happen, we are human, and thus it is in our nature to be concerned – even anxious. But, being we are all disciplined...

Friday, July 13, 2018

My first experience with peer-to-peer lending was about 10 years ago. I was reading an article about original issue discount (OID) and P2P lending was mentioned as a recent primary source. Side note: if you don't know, OID is treated...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Late last month our third-party vendor, Morningstar*, upgraded our client web portal which many of you use. If you have logged in recently, you can see that it has a sleek new look with an interface that allows for quick and easy...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

If you came by our office during tax season, you may have noticed a big change. During the months of September 2017 thru January 2018 we expanded our office to the entire top floor of our building. This included not only a lot of small...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Testing, testing, 1-2-3. We are posting this to make sure our blog feature is working.