A Week of “Risk On” Markets

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The past week was one for the record books. The S&P 500 index reached new highs all five days last week, creating a 10 day streak of new highs. It places the index that much closer to breaking the all time “new high” annual record of 77 new close price highs in one calendar year. YTD the S&P 500 has...

Art as an Investment

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Are you an investor looking to diversify your investments, or perhaps you’re a new investor looking for something other than traditional stocks and bonds to invest in. No matter what your situation, investing in art can prove to be lucrative, if you do your research. While novice art investors can be initially intimidated by their lack of knowledge in the field, educating yourself as to the variety of options available will go far in reducing that intimidation.

Suggestions for Long-Term Financial Health

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Sometimes simple is best. Many of us tend to complicate our financial situation; overthinking our options while ignoring the basics. But like anything else, the simplest rules are often the most important ones; and the ones most likely to be ignored. How many of these rules do you follow?

AICPA Highlights 5 Recent Personal Finance Trends

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The American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA) recently published a list of personal finance trends that we should all be concerned about. These trends highlight the fact that almost 63 percent of Americans today are unable to pass a basic financial literacy test.

Why Diversifying Your Portfolio is Important

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If you’re a beginning investor, it’s likely you’re concentrating on building your portfolio.  But as important as it is to build that portfolio, you should also ensure that it’s diversified.

US Market Commentary

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Recently a lot of inflation data has raised concerns, not just about how early we have to order Christmas presents, but also around how much negative impact there will be on economic growth over the next year.

The data and increases in interest rates prolonged our forecast for a small and mid-cap...

Why Should I Think About Retirement Planning?

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If you’ve only just begun your career and are starting to collect a decent paycheck, the last thing on your mind is probably retirement planning. When you’re in your twenties and thirties, retirement can feel light years away, but it will get here much quicker than you can imagine. And when it does...

Avoiding Bad Financial Decisions

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Managing finances properly is mainly common sense. While we’ve all made financial mistakes, most of those mistakes are easily rectified, particularly when promptly corrected. However, there are some financial decisions that can be much harder to recover from.

Getting the most out of a 529 Savings Plan

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A college education, while a worthy achievement, does not come cheaply. Forbes has estimated that the price of a college education has increased 8 times faster than wages, making it a struggle for even upper middle-class families. When factoring in the cost of tuition along with room and board...

US Market Commentary

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   This week has recovered some of September’s decline, but we should be prepared for a rocky October based on historical seasonal patterns after a negative September. The recovery may not be as smooth as last week and is more likely to fully emerge as we enter the late October-November...