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Monthly Markets Memo - April 2019

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

Equities moved higher over the past month with the U.S. markets leading the charge.  Emerging and developed international markets were not far behind.  The bond markets also rallied marking the second month in a row that both equities and bonds have moved higher. 

The Investment Returns of Homes vs. Stocks

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By Bob Veres with Inside Information

Your home is your best investment, right?

Market Minute - April 4, 2019

I’d like to share an article from Bob Veres that discusses the yield curve, a topic I introduced last August (read it here).  While the yield curve is not technically inverted at this time, it remains flat which has some people still concerned.  I hope you enjoy.

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Making IRA Contributions in Retirement

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By Bob Veres with Inside Information

Here’s a question that some retired Americans may ask themselves from time to time: I recently stopped working, but I am only 65, can I still contribute to an IRA or a Roth IRA?  Can I reinvest some or all of my future required minimum distributions back into an IRA or a Roth IRA? 

Monthly Markets Memo - March 2019

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

Over the past month the equity markets continue to grind higher.  Investors are optimistic that the U.S. may be nearing a trade deal with China.   President Trump had pushed back the March 1st deadline to raise existing tariffs on Chinese goods to 25%, a sign that progress is being made on negotiations.  This is further supported by National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow stating that negotiators have made ‘great headway’ working on a deal.  Even so, concerns remain as mixed messages continue to trickle out, with the President recently stating that he is in no rush and would even walk away from a potential deal that fails to address key issues, such as intellectual property and technology transfers.  Two steps forward, one step back.

Market Minute - March 12, 2019

IPO Market

by Scott Rosenquist, CFA​

This year is set to be a potential record for the IPO market.  Some well-known companies plan on going public in 2019 and will grab the market’s attention as their shares begin to trade for the first time.

What's Your Rate?

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When was the last time you checked on any of your financial rates, including those for savings accounts, mortgages, home equity loans, credit cards or even CD’s?  If it’s been awhile, you may be leaving money on the table.

Monthly Markets Memo - February 2019

World Money Small.jpgby Dan Zalipski, CFA 

The S&P 500 had its worst December since 1931 to close out the year.  Fast forward a month, and you may be surprised to learn that the S&P climbed nearly 8%, its best January in 32 years.  Dig a little deeper and it may not be that surprising at all to learn that some of the best market days are in close proximity to its worst days.   

Market Minute - February 14, 2019

Lesson Learned?

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by Bob Veres with Inside Information

Investors who reacted emotionally to market movements have been humbled yet again.  When U.S. stocks (measured by the S&P 500 index) fell 13.97% in last year’s fourth quarter, most of us felt in our gut like the market was in the midst of a major bear market collapse.  The downturn would continue into the new year, and take some or (worst case scenario) all of the 9+ year bull market profits with it.

An Overview of the Tax Changes for 2019

Scan Alert Image.jpg by Tom Rueger, CFP®​

By now everyone is aware of President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that overhauled the tax code and generally lowered corporate and individual income tax rates beginning with the 2018 tax year. Following is an update of those changes as they will apply to the 2019 tax year (to be filed in April of 2020).

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