Monthly Economic Update

THE MONTH IN BRIEF – MAY 2019 Wall Street shifted its focus from trade to earnings in April. On that front, the news was good: through April 26, first-quarter results for S&P 500 firms had beaten expectations by 5.3%, a bit better than the historical average of 4.8%. A strong first-quarter gross domestic product reading […]

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Why DIY Investment Management Is Such a Risk

Paying attention to the wrong things becomes all too easy.   If you ever have the inkling to manage your investments on your own, that inkling is worth reconsidering. Do-it-yourself investment management is generally a bad idea for the retail investor for myriad reasons.   Getting caught up in the moment. When you are watching […]

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Where Will Your Retirement Money Come From?

Retirement income may come from a variety of sources.    For many people, retirement income may come from a variety of sources. Here’s a quick review of the six main sources:   Social Security. Social Security is the government-administered retirement income program. Workers become eligible after paying Social Security taxes for 10 years. Benefits are […]

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Gradual Retirement

Not everyone retires the same way – or at the same pace.   Are you in a hurry to retire? Not everyone is rushing to that particular finish line. According to the 2018 retirement survey from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, which gauges the outlook of American workers, 56% of those who describe themselves […]

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Monthly Economic Update

THE MONTH IN BRIEF – APRIL 2019 The Federal Reserve altered its outlook on interest rates in March, and the stock and bond markets certainly took notice. Both the Fed and the European Central Bank communicated that they saw economic growth moderating. Even so, the S&P 500 managed to advance 1.79% for the month. Trade […]

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Long-Term Investing Truths

Key lessons for retirement savers.   You learn lessons as you invest in pursuit of long-run goals. Some of these lessons are conveyed and reinforced when you begin saving for retirement, and others, you glean along the way.     First and foremost, you learn to shut out much of the “noise.” News outlets take the […]

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The Investment Risk You May Not Know About

What can you do to allay this risk?                        Knowledgeable investors are aware that investing in the capital markets presents any number of risks – interest-rate risk, company risk, and market risk. Risk is an inseparable companion to the potential for long-term growth. Some of the investment risks we face can be mitigated through […]

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Monthly Economic Update

THE MONTH IN BRIEF – MARCH 2019 You could say that Wall Street breathed a collective sigh of relief in February. Investors were encouraged by new developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations and by the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s most recent policy meeting. On Main Street, consumer confidence improved, while consumer spending kept pace. Home […]

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Bad Money Habits to Break

Behaviors worth changing.   Do bad money habits constrain your financial progress? Many people fall into the same financial behavior patterns, year after year. If you sometimes succumb to these financial tendencies, now is as good a time as any to alter your behavior.   #1: Lending money to family & friends. You may know […]

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