Monthly Economic Update

THE MONTH IN BRIEF – OCTOBER 2019 September brought an economic event that was widely expected: a quarter-point cut in short-term interest rates by the Federal Reserve. It also brought an attack on two of the world’s largest oil fields that threatened to dent global crude output. A resumption of U.S.-China trade talks was scheduled […]

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Your Changing Definition of Risk in Retirement

Some things to consider.   During your accumulation years, you may have categorized your risk as “conservative,” “moderate,” or “aggressive,” and that guided how your portfolio was built. Maybe you concerned yourself with finding the “best-performing funds,” even though you knew past performance does not guarantee future results.   What occurs with many retirees is […]

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Monthly Economic Update

THE MONTH IN BRIEF – September 2019 The stock market had a tumultuous August, reacting to the sudden devaluation of the Chinese yuan and the escalation of the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Ultimately, investors seemed more interested in risk aversion: the S&P 500 lost 1.81% for the month. Demand for bonds helped […]

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A Retirement Fact Sheet

Some specifics about the “second act.”      Does your vision of retirement align with the facts? Here are some noteworthy financial and lifestyle facts about life after 50 that might surprise you.   Up to 85% of a retiree’s Social Security income can be taxed. Some retirees are taken aback when they discover this. […]

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Monthly Economic Update

THE MONTH IN BRIEF – AUGUST 2019 July was a positive month for stocks and a notable month for news impacting the financial markets. The S&P 500 topped the 3,000 level for the first time. The Federal Reserve cut the country’s benchmark interest rate. Consumer confidence remained strong. Trade representatives from China and the U.S. […]

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Eight Mistakes That Can Upend Your Retirement

Avoid these situations, if you can.   Pursuing your retirement dreams is challenging enough without making some common, and very avoidable, mistakes. Here are eight big mistakes to steer clear of, if possible.   No Strategy. Yes, the biggest mistake is having no strategy at all. Without a strategy, you may have no goals, leaving […]

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Monthly Economic Update

THE MONTH IN BRIEF – JULY 2019 You could say June was a month of highs. The S&P 500 hit another record peak, oil prices reached year-to-date highs, and gold became more valuable than it had been in six years. (There was also a notable low during the month: the yield of the 10-year Treasury […]

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