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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Market Commentary- 7/30/2018

Is it a sugar rush or something more sustainable? Economic growth in the United States was strong during the second quarter. Gross domestic product (GDP), which is the value of all goods and services produced in the United States, grew by 4.1 percent. That’s the fastest growth in four years, reported the BBC. The news… Read More

Market Commentary- 7/23/2018

Last week, there was some good news and some notable news. Here’s the good news: Corporate earnings have been strong. As of July 20, 17 percent of the companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had reported second quarter results. More than 85 percent of those companies reported positive earnings surprises, according to FactSet,… Read More

Beneficiary Form Checklist

Naming the beneficiaries of your retirement assets may seem like an obvious task to complete as you plan for the future, but it is often also one of the most overlooked. Failing to properly update your beneficiary forms can compromise the legacy you worked so hard to build. To help ensure your assets are handled… Read More

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Market Commentary – 7/16/18

Investors are becoming more discriminating. Trade tensions escalated as the U.S. administration expanded tariffs on Chinese goods last week. You wouldn’t have known by watching the performance of benchmark indices, though. Just four of the 25 national stock market indices tracked by Barron’s – Australia, Italy, Spain, and Mexico – moved lower. However, if you… Read More

Avoiding 72(t) Mistakes

Are you under age 59½ and looking for a way to withdraw from your IRA without being hit with the 10% early distribution penalty? A 72(t) payment schedule may be the solution. 72(t) payments are a series of substantially equal periodic payments made from an IRA that can be used to avoid the 10% early… Read More

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Market Commentary – 7/9/18

What a rollercoaster of a quarter! When it comes to the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) Sentiment Survey, respondents tend to be more bullish than bearish about U.S. stock markets. The survey’s historical averages are: 5 percent bullish 0 percent neutral 5 percent bearish As the second quarter of 2018 began, investors were feeling… Read More

Market Commentary- 7/2/2018

There’s a bear in China – and it’s not a panda. The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) Composite Index, which reflects the performance of all shares that trade on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, dropped into bear market territory last week, reported CNBC. The Index has fallen more than 20 percent from its previous high. It appears… Read More

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