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Third Quarter Economic Update

For the third quarter of 2018, the bull market seemed unstoppable. Regardless of the quarter’s concerning short-term events, investors quickly looked beyond those risks and pushed stock prices higher.  In February of this year, the markets dipped roughly 10%, but this quarter many major equity indexes moved…

Market Volatility

Heading into September, The Dow Jones Industrial Average is within striking distance of a record, and the S&P 500 and NASDAQ hit all-time highs in August.  In August, the S&P 500 index broke the record for the longest U.S. bull market in history. This bull market run is over 3,500 days, with equities rising over 320% since it began on March 9, 2009. It’s a record few would have predicted when stocks struggled to find their footing after a 50% plunge during the financial crisis. Even after this impressive achievement…

The New 1040 Tax Form

The ratification of the 16th Amendment allowed for the collection of income tax. Starting in 1913, American taxpayers used IRS Form 1040 to prepare and file their tax returns. The first tax return was three pages with only one page of instructions. Over the last 100+ years, the length of the instructions has changed…

The Rise of Interest Rates: An Investor’s Perspective

When reviewing the current environment for interest rates, almost all analysts are in agreement that they will continue to rise in the future. Short-term interest rates, which in recent years were at historically low levels, have already risen. The Federal Reserve has already increased rates once this year, and at the end of a 2-day policy meeting, on May 2, the Federal Reserve decided unanimously to hold interest rates steady at the target range…

The Four Phases of Retirement

Years ago, when you mentioned the concept of retirement, visions of a long and relaxing stretch of time after your career came to mind. Most people envisioned having a 20 to 30-year time span filled with activities such as traveling to exotic locations, leisurely days of relaxation and recreation and time with…

Roth IRA’s

Paying taxes is so ingrained in our lives that many people do not even think about tax reduction until it’s time to file their tax returns. Unfortunately, by that point, it’s usually too late to implement a strategy for minimizing…

Quarterly Economic Update Second Quarter 2018

The second quarter of 2018 contained ups, downs, and tariffs. Equity prices were very volatile as investors seemed to back off of many industrial heavyweights while favoring large technology companies. Although the tensions of trade wars, tariffs, political uncertainty in the Eurozone and slowing momentum in the global economy surfaced, many indexes seemed to finish the quarter slightly higher.

Financial Responsibility – It’s Never To Early to Start

Children and money will always be linked together. From birth to adolescence and from college graduation to having children of their own, children will always be linked to money and finances. How do children learn to manage money? Should they…

Quarterly Economic Update First Quarter 2018

After a blockbuster start to 2018, equity markets have been caught in a vicious circle of trading over the quarter’s last two months, with volatility and uncertainty taking center stage. While a combination of factors like solid

Helpful Information For Filing 2017 Income Taxes And Proactive Tax Planning For 2018

Tax season officially started with the IRS announcing the opening on January 29, 2018. They are expecting more than 155 million individual tax returns for the 2017 tax year. The deadline to file or ask for an extension is April…

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