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Market Commentary – 1/22/19

We’re off to a good start. Investors who remained steady during December’s wild ride are probably pleased with their decision as stocks have gotten off to a strong start in 2019. Unfortunately, those who reduced their exposure to the asset class may be feeling the sting of missed opportunity. Last week, the Dow Jones Industrial… Read More

Market Commentary – 1/15/19

People love rules of thumb. Sometimes, mental shortcuts are helpful. Other times they are not. When it comes to investing, seasonal shortcuts are not uncommon. In fact, January boasts two: The January Effect explains why U.S. smaller company stocks tend to outperform the market in January. The original theory held that tax-loss harvesting pushed stock… Read More

Market Commentary – 1/7/19

Investors will think of the last quarter of 2018 for years to come, but they won’t remember it fondly. The Economist described it like this, “After a rotten October and limp November, the S&P 500 tumbled in value by 15 percent between November 30th and December 24th. Despite an astonishing bounce of 5 percent the… Read More

Market Commentary – 1/2/19

Investing during the month of December was like traversing an icy mountain stream. It delivered a staggering shock to the senses that triggered the instinct to, “Get Out!” When it comes to investing, that instinct is called loss aversion. For many people avoiding a loss is more important than realizing a gain. Simply put, not… Read More

Market Commentary – 12/17/18

Ouch! It never feels good when the stock market heads south, and that’s what happened last week. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500), Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq Composite all moved into correction territory, which means the indices have fallen 10 percent or more from their previous peaks. If you look at… Read More

Market Commentary – 12/10/18

We’re off to a slow start… December is usually the best month of the year for the stock market. It has been since 1950, according to Randall Forsyth of Barron’s, but not so far this year. Two issues made investors particularly uncomfortable last week which helped trigger a sell-off that pushed major U.S. stock indices… Read More

Market Commentary – 12/3/18

Hold on to your hats! Recently, stocks have delivered a wild ride. During Thanksgiving week, U.S. stock markets took investor uncertainty on the chin, suffering a 3.8 percent drop, which was the worst performance in eight months. Then, last week, stocks reversed course. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite delivered their… Read More

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How are Social Security Benefits Calculated?

Social Security planning often focuses on filing strategies to help determine when and how to take your benefits. But before you make any decisions, you should also consider the tax implications your Social Security benefits will have on your overall retirement plan. If you have additional sources of income in retirement, there is a chance… Read More

Market Commentary – 11/26/18

It was a turkey of a week. The United States and China continued to spar over trade and other issues. An expert from Moody’s told Frank Tang of the South China Morning Post (SCMP) the United States-China dispute will not be easily resolved: “Look at the speech Vice President Pence gave in Papua New Guinea… Read More

Leaving a Legacy: Life Insurance vs. Roth IRAs

Leaving a Legacy: Life Insurance vs. Roth IRAs When considering the best way to leave your loved ones an inheritance, it’s important to be aware of the options available to you. While life insurance is a well-known option, Roth IRAs can be effective as well. Both can provide a tax-free legacy, but you should know… Read More