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Top 3 Money Management Tips – Financial Literacy Month

Did you know that April is National Financial Literacy Month? What started out as a financial-literacy awareness day more than a decade ago is now a month-long campaign that has been recognized by Congress every year since 2004. The program is designed to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach people of all ages [...]

April 25th, 2017|

Stocks Gain and Questions Remain

Weekly Update – April 24, 2017 Domestic stocks posted losses on Friday, April 21, largely due to investor concerns about the French election. Despite these daily losses, U.S. indexes broke their two-week losing streak, with the S&P 500 adding 0.85%, the Dow gaining 0.46%, and the NASDAQ increasing 1.82%. International stocks in the MSCI EAFE [...]

April 24th, 2017|

7 Principles of Long-Term Investing

Increasing your wealth over time is about more than making the right stock picks or always buying low and selling high. Too often, we see intelligent investors hamstring their potential for success by making fundamental errors in their investing strategy. Over the years, we have observed the effects of fear, greed, lack of discipline, groupthink, [...]

April 18th, 2017|

Stocks Slip for Second Week

Weekly Update – April 17, 2017 Last week, major indexes experienced losses for the second week in a row, with the S&P 500 falling 1.21%, the Dow giving back 1.01%, the NASDAQ dropping 1.26%, and the MSCI EAFE declining 0.14%. Markets closed on April 14 for the Good Friday holiday, but in the four trading [...]

April 17th, 2017|

5 Things Retirees Should Know about Social Security Benefits

Social Security provides an important source of guaranteed income for most Americans. Choosing the right claiming strategy is even more important under new Social Security regulations.   For most Americans, Social Security will provide a significant portion of their income in retirement. According to Social Security Administration (SSA) statistics, Social Security benefits account for about [...]

April 13th, 2017|

Special Quarterly Update: Stocks Post Strong Gains in Q1

Weekly Update – April 10, 2017 The first quarter of 2017 is now behind us, and although we won’t have complete economic data for a while, we do know that domestic stocks had a solid start to the year. Last week, major indexes took a pause from some recent gains and began the second quarter [...]

April 10th, 2017|

Stocks Up, More Data In

Weekly Update – April 3, 2017 With the first quarter of 2017 now behind us, we have seen the three major indexes all gain more than 4.5% so far this year. In fact, the NASDAQ just experienced its best quarter since 2013 due to tech stocks driving growth. Despite closing down on Friday, the indexes [...]

April 3rd, 2017|

401(k) Action Steps To Take Now In Order To Take Charge of Your Financial Life

Research shows the average American employee switches jobs 11 times before retiring. Job changes mean many Americans have old 401(k) plans that may not be allocated properly to help to prepare them for retirement. Every time you change jobs, you need to make some choices about what to do with your old 401(k) so that [...]

March 29th, 2017|

Markets Stumble. What Does Data Say?

Last week, all four of the indexes we discuss in these market updates saw their performance stumble. The S&P 500 lost 1.44%, the Dow was down 1.52%, the NASDAQ gave back 1.22%, and the MSCI EAFE declined 0.07%. On Tuesday, March 21, the S&P 500 and Dow recorded 1% declines for the first time since [...]

March 27th, 2017|

Why You Need More Than a Robo-Adviser

You may have read about the rise of so-called “robo-advisors,” online investing platforms that use computer-generated algorithms to create strategies and manage your money. These platforms provide simple portfolio management with very little human interaction at rock-bottom prices. With the increasing popularity of these platforms, you might be asking yourself: Do I even need a [...]

March 23rd, 2017|