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Quarterly Commentary – April 2017

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April 25, 2017  No Comments
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Thankfully, 2017 started out on a far more positive note than the first quarter of 2016. Last year’s record-breaking poor first quarter performance seemed like a distant memory, as corporate earnings growth and prospects for newfound economic prosperity under the Trump administration continued to feed the post-election rally.  For the Full Article

Can You Buy Happiness? Money’s impact on making you happy

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March 15, 2017  No Comments
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What’s the link between money and happiness? If you watch commercials or read advertisements, you may believe that happiness depends on having that next best thing to change your disposition or status. But, according to Daniel Kahneman, founder of Behavioral Economics, that’s usually not the case. Buying a new car, clothes or any other material Full Article

Overcoming Behavioral Biases

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February 2, 2017  No Comments
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Behavioral science helps us understand what obstacles interfere with our ability to make sound decisions that align with our best interests and long-term goals. There are a number of learned behavioral biases that can affect this decision making process, especially when we face uncertainty or adversity. Some common biases that can derail our Full Article

Quarterly Commentary – January 2017

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January 23, 2017  No Comments

Two events caught investor’s attention in the fourth quarter of 2016 – the unlikely election of Donald Trump as President and the Fed’s second interest rate increase since 2006. Markets reacted to both, as the Trump election fueled sentiment that the new administration would finally focus on fiscal issues like modernizing our nation’s Full Article

Improve How You Make Financial Decisions

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January 15, 2017  No Comments
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While most of us are considered rational beings, why is it that we can find ourselves making less than ideal financial choices? Traditional economic theory assumes that we make our decisions under model conditions with complete knowledge of our choices and outcomes. This is not generally the case, and that’s where behavioral economics offers some Full Article

The Retirement Challenges Facing Baby Boomers

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December 15, 2016  No Comments

As baby boomers—one of the largest generations encompassing an estimated 74.9 million Americans—approach retirement, are they ready to face the challenges of their new economic reality? In a study by the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement, a majority of baby boomers said they were not confident they have the financial means to retire Full Article

Prediction Season

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December 8, 2016  No Comments

The close of each calendar year brings with it the holidays as well as a chance to look forward to the year ahead. In the coming weeks, investors are likely to be bombarded with predictions about what the future, and specifically the next year, may hold for their portfolios. These outlooks are typically accompanied by Full Article

Quarterly Commentary – October 2016

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October 26, 2016  No Comments

Despite an initial pullback following June’s unexpected Brexit vote, global markets steadied in the third quarter as central banks remained accommodative and economic fundamentals generally improved. However, familiar macroeconomic themes, such as geopolitical risks and uncertainties, anemic global growth and persistently low returns causing Full Article

Quarterly Commentary – July 2016

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July 20, 2016  No Comments
Brexit What's Next

In the second quarter of 2016, Great Britain’s so-called “Brexit” vote, a national referendum on continued participation in the European Union, sparked an abrupt bout of global market volatility in June. Equities across the globe slumped after the Brits surprised the world by voting to leave the EU, some by double digits. In a matter Full Article

Quarterly Commentary – April 2016

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June 1, 2016  No Comments

After a record rough start to the quarter, global equities rebounded as oil prices stabilized and dovish comments and actions by global central banks, including the Fed, helped lift the markets. The European Central Bank pushed interest rates farther into negative territory and initiated another round of stimulus, adding to its already hefty Full Article