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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

U.S. equities posted their worst loss in over a month on the combination of rising virus cases, lack of progress on a stimulus plan, and growing election uncertainty. The latest commentary from Cetera Investment Management discusses...

Monday, October 26, 2020

Weekly Recap October 19-23, 2020 RecapEquities Snap Three-Week RallyStocks Little ChangedU.S. stocks ended the week fractionally lower, snapping a three-week rally as investors weighed mostly upbeat earnings and economic data while...

Monday, October 26, 2020

The latest commentary from Cetera Investment Management covers the path to electoral victory for both candidates, the chances of a delayed result, and examines historical stock market returns during post-WWII 4-year presidential...

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7. If you are enrolling in Medicare for the first time, give yourself plenty of time. You may discover that it is much more complex than an employer-sponsored...

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

On October 13, 2020, the Social Security Administration (SSA) officially announced that Social Security recipients will receive a 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2021. This adjustment will begin with benefits payable...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Weekly Recap October 12-16, 2020 RecapStocks Edge Higher as Elections NearFragile Rally SustainedThe U.S. benchmark S&P 500 Index posted a tepid gain in a string of three weekly advances, but it was enough to notch its longest...

Monday, October 19, 2020

It’s a startling statistic.45% of consumers with $100,000 or more investable assets expect to make changes to their investments due to the upcoming 2020 presidential election.1Second-guessing your investment strategy is natural,...

Friday, October 16, 2020

How COVID-19 is Impacting Confidence Levels Among Retirement SaversThroughout 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives and health of people around the globe while wreaking havoc on commerce, the financial markets, and the...

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Protecting the people nearest and dearest to us is something we all want to do. It’s why we purchase health and life insurance, save diligently for retirement, and ensure important legal documents (like a will or trust) are in...

Monday, October 12, 2020

Think Twice About Cancelling Credit Cards You No Longer UseIt may seem like a good idea to close credit card accounts you no longer use to avoid annual fees or if you’re not benefiting from reward programs during the pandemic....

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Applications for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are now open for the academic year 2021-22. Applying for the FAFSA allows you to qualify for grants, scholarships, and other federally-sourced aid, such as...

Friday, October 9, 2020

Chances are you or someone in your circle has faced a life-changing event as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are reaching out for financial guidance. Do you have any financial questions or concerns to address at this time? The...

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Hear about President Bush’s time in the White House, the challenges facing our nation in the twenty-first century, and his current work at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. DATE: Thursday, October 22, 2020TIME: 2:00 p...

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Monthly Recap Market Indices At-A-Glance For September, the Dow Industrials lost 2.2% and the Nasdaq Composite gave back 5.1%, their first respective monthly losses since March.On a quarterly basis, the Dow Industrials gained 1,968...

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Weekly Recap September 28 - October 2, 2020 RecapStocks Snap DeclinesEquities Recover First Week in FiveU.S. equity averages posted their first weekly gain in five weeks, snapping the longest losing streak since March as investors...

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Courage comes in many forms, but few will rise to the occasion as Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs did in Vietnam: despite being wounded, he acted with selfless valor to personally save the lives of 14 people. One of only...

Sunday, October 4, 2020

What are the markets telling us about the elections? What are the elections telling us about the markets? Hear from two experts in the industry on what might be in store for us in the months ahead.Joseph M. Terranova is a risk...

Friday, October 2, 2020

As president and CEO of Franklin Resources, Inc., (a.k.a. Franklin Templeton), Jennifer has managed an impressive track record of growth, creating prosperity in times of uncertainty. One of ten executives named to Money Management...

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Is it time to eat yet? It sure is! Clear the counters and grab your loved ones as Chef Ariel Malone and her daughter show you how to cook up a family-friendly recipe direct from their home kitchen.DATE: Tuesday, October 13, 2020TIME:...

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Weekly Recap September 21-25, 2020 RecapStocks Slouch Fourth WeekRecovery Theme Falters…AgainU.S. stocks reversed losses Friday amid unconfirmed reports that lawmakers were reviving plans for a second fiscal stimulus deal, but...

Monday, September 28, 2020

Cetera Investment Management has released its Fourth Quarter 2020 Outlook. In this outlook, they discuss the sharp recovery in the economy, equities and bonds. However, the economy has a long way to go to get to pandemic levels...

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Join us for a conversation with former U.S. senator and ambassador Carol Moseley Braun. She’ll discuss the personal journey she took to community leadership and service, offer insights she gained along the way, and share reasons...

Friday, September 25, 2020

As the U.S. presidential election draws near, expect to see more and more headlines that propose, "What will happen next if this person is elected?" or, "What policy changes to prepare for in the next four years?"In reality, however,...

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Please join me! Each year I have the opportunity to attend my broker-dealer's annual conference, which is designed to expand my knowledge and enhance my ability to help you pursue your goals for the future. Because this...

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Americans are spending more time at home than ever before, leading to a record amount of spending on home improvement.1It’s not that big of a surprise since many Americans now find their homes are doing triple...

Monday, September 21, 2020

Weekly Recap September 14-18, 2020 RecapStocks Reach Six-Week LowSelling Continues Third Straight WeekU.S. stocks extended losses into a third day last week as bargain buying appetites on Monday and Tuesday gave way to pessimism after...

Friday, September 18, 2020

4 Things to Add to Your Family Emergency Kit in 2020Since its inception in 2003, National Emergency Preparedness month has been observed in September to promote family and community disaster planning. This year, in the weeks...

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Most recently, you may have read that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced a change in how the Fed views inflation. In the past, the Fed said it would consider adjusting short-term rates when inflation approached 2 percent....

Monday, September 14, 2020

Weekly Recap September 7-11, 2020 RecapBig-Tech Selloff ContinuesWorst Two Weeks since MarchU.S. stocks ended a volatile week deeply in the red with all three major domestic equity indices capping their steepest back-to-back weekly...

Friday, September 11, 2020

3 Tax-Smart Ways to Help Family Members in Need Pay for CollegeAs colleges and universities grapple with reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of college students and their parents find themselves struggling to pay...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

U.S. equities have been weak over the past three trading sessions. The latest commentary from Cetera Investment Management discusses this topic in more detail. They are not surprised as investors needed to reassess their optimism...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Weekly Recap August 31-September 4, 2020 RecapBig-Tech SelloffTaking Some Froth off the TableU.S. stocks snapped a five-week winning streak last Friday as skittish investors exited high-valuation mega cap tech stocks, despite a drop...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

A sharp drop in technology stocks led to a broad market selloff, sending the S&P 500 down over 3.5%. There were no specific catalysts for the sharp drop, but two reasons likely drove it - an overbought stock market and growing...

Monday, September 7, 2020

Hope you have a fun and relaxing Labor Day!

Monday, September 7, 2020

For many, Labor Day is seen as the end of summer, but it’s an annual national tribute to the contributions that workers have made to the strength, success, and security of our country. Here are some interesting facts about this...

Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the most widely followed stock market indices, has made some key changes to its starting lineup.Salesforce.com, Amgen Inc.and Honeywell International Inc. have replaced Exxon Mobil Corp....

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Monthly Recap Market Indices At-A-Glance The S&P 500 had its best month since a 12.8% gain in April, down only five trading days in August.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 7.9% in August, finally turning positive on a...

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Life insurance is often overlooked until a significant life event or change happens. Regardless, it can be managed with the proper conversations ahead of time.September is identified as Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM) to help...

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

To some, this may hardly feel like an economy headed for a bright future. But don’t tell that to home builders.Builder confidence in August jumped to an eye-popping 78 in August, according to the Housing Market Index courtesy of...

Monday, August 31, 2020

Weekly Recap August 24-28, 2020 RecapEquities Cap Fifth Weekly GainDow Industrials Finally Turns Positive YTDAll three major U.S. equity indices posted strong weekly gains, led by continued momentum in consumer and technology-oriented...

Friday, August 28, 2020

Some people in recent weeks may have been feeling that “the stock market seems to be doing so well but I’m not participating.”A look behind the headlines helps tell the story.A CNBC study found that between the stock...

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Right now, many Americans are worried about their financial health due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the country. Adding to these concerns were July's consumer prices— excluding food and energy—which rose at the...

Monday, August 24, 2020

Weekly Recap August 17-21, 2020 RecapRecord-Setting WeekLow-Volatility Winning Streak ExtendedThe S&P 500 completed its fourth straight weekly advance, it’s longest winning streak of the year. Favorable economic data in...

Thursday, August 20, 2020

This month, many universities and colleges are welcoming students back to campus, even if most campuses are largely online this year.But that's not all that's different. The current administration has issued an executive memorandum...

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

5 Ways You Can Protect Against the Growing Number of Tax Scams in 2020Just when you thought you had enough to be concerned with, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revealed it’s annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams in July,...

Monday, August 17, 2020

Weekly Recap August 10-14, 2020 RecapEquities Climb Despite Fading Stimulus HopesStocks Rise Third WeekAll three major U.S. equity averages posted their third consecutive weekly gain, but despite two nearly successful daily attempts,...

Friday, August 14, 2020

"Will I outlive my retirement money?" That's one of the top fears for people who are starting to prepare for their retirement years.So I have to chuckle a bit when I see headlines that say, "Here's how much money Americans think they...

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Did You Take RMDs in 2020? You Have Until August 31 to Reverse ThemThe Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law in March of this year, waived required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2020....

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Are you one of the many retirement account holders who took a mandatory distribution this year? If so, you may be able to manage the taxes associated with Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from traditional IRAs and 401(k)s. There...

Monday, August 10, 2020

Weekly Recap August 3-7, 2020 RecapLabor Market and Stimulus Hopes Drive Stocks HigherStocks Rise Another WeekMajor U.S. indices were up last week on encouraging news around labor markets and hopes for more fiscal stimulus. The U...

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

One of my favorite Wall Street quotes is from Mark Twain, who said:“October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June,...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Monthly Recap Market Indices At-A-Glance The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.51% last month, trimming its year-to-date (YTD) loss to 6.14%.Among the three major U.S. equity indices, the technology-dominated Nasdaq Composite (+6...

Monday, August 3, 2020

Weekly Recap July 27-31, 2020 RecapEquities Rebound, Technology RipsStocks Post Solid GainsU.S. benchmark S&P 500 equities rebounded last week, resuming a bullish trend after falling 0.27% the week prior. Stocks ended Friday with...

Thursday, July 30, 2020

To some, the buying and selling of a company’s stock by corporate officers and directors can be an indicator of Wall Street sentiment.In July 2020, the ratio of companies with executive buying compared with executive selling...

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Lately, it can feel like each day brings a new headline about fluctuating market behavior. But amid the ups and downs of 2020, there may be some potential good news on the horizon. On July 16, 2020, the interest rate for a 30-year...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Weekly Recap July 20-24, 2020 RecapTechnology Weakens Second WeekS&P 500 Snaps Three-Week RallyU.S. equities ended lower last week with the S&P 500 posting its first weekly loss in four weeks as investors turned cautious amid...

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Recently, you may have heard that financial industry regulators established a new set of rules designed to guide investors who work with an investment professional. This new set of rules is called “Regulation Best...

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

We hope you are enjoying the summer and staying healthy in these trying times. Now that we are officially in a recession, we are looking for clues on how long we will stay in it and what the recovery will look like. The good news is...

Monday, July 20, 2020

It’s time to break from the mold.If you’ve been experiencing any of the following…A desire to establish a legacy on your termsA need for a trusted partner to accelerate your growth and support your effortsA search...

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Christmas in July? Let the Festivities Begin!Few of us have seen a year like 2020—a recession, record-setting unemployment and a pandemic that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In some parts of the country, reopening...

Friday, July 17, 2020

A Mid-Year Review During a Mixed-Up TimeWe are now just over halfway through 2020, and these last six months have felt like six years. With the amount of change that’s occurred, your financial strategy may need some adjustments....

Thursday, July 16, 2020

I first want to extend my continued wishes that you, your family and loved ones are healthy and safe, and remain that way throughout the unprecedented circumstances we are facing.Navigating the uncertainty on the road ahead can feel...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Identity theft is a systemic and ever-changing risk that continues to unleash significant new threats to personal security. No one is immune to these evolving tactics to acquire sensitive information, which can leave individuals...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

In the era of COVID-19, and the financial woes it has created, I often get asked, “Why is the stock market holding up so well when the economy appears to be struggling?”To understand why the markets react — or...

Thursday, July 9, 2020

In the coming weeks my broker-dealer will be sending you a letter containing a new disclosure document called a Customer Relationship Summary (Form CRS), as well a Supplemental Disclosure document.These documents are for your...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

With the economy and financial markets flashing mixed signals, it’s no wonder that lawmakers are deadlocked on whether to pass a Phase 4 of the CARES Act.More than $3 trillion in stimulus has been pushed into the economy since...