What is Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency for Beginners Q&A

Lately, there has been quite a bit of noise around cryptocurrencies. Is there an impending bubble? What’s going on with China and Russia? What about individual investors, should they invest in cryptocurrency? Before we get into the nitty-gritty of electronic monetization, let’s break down the basics of what exactly cryptocurrency is. Investopedia defines cryptocurrency as: A digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for… Read more

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November 2017 Economic Update

Month in Brief October saw the S&P 500 rise 2.22% in response to results from the fall earnings season, encouraging fundamental indicators, and anticipation of tax reforms. An impressive jump in personal spending complemented excellent readings on consumer confidence and purchasing manager indices; although, hiring suffered a setback. As the European Union contended with disunity in Spain, the European Central Bank revealed… Read more

Global Diversification

3 Practical Reasons Why Global Diversification Makes Sense

Many investors hold portfolios concentrated in domestic stocks, a practice known as “home-country bias”, but is this really the smartest strategy? Just take a look at this chart. Source: 1 Vanguard did a study and found that investors have, on average, a home-country bias, where they tend to own more equity of their resident country than the market-cap weighting would suggest. For… Read more

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Q3 Market thoughts

Q3 Market Thoughts 2017

Geopolitical Risks Take Center Stage News headlines over the past twelve months have been dominated by a litany of potential disasters: Brexit! Catalonia! Russia! North Korea! Yet, despite these looming dangers, markets have soared and investors that stayed the course have been handsomely rewarded. Going forward, North Korea remains an obvious danger zone, and the consequences of war on the Korean Peninsula… Read more

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health insurance before medicare

How to Bridge the Gap to Medicare

Over 45 million Americans receive their health insurance coverage through Medicare.1 You are eligible for Medicare once you turn 65. At this age, many people are out of the workforce and are no longer receiving health benefits from their employer. But, what happens if you retire early? How can you make sure you are insured without employer health benefits or Medicare? You… Read more

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Does Sitting on the Sidelines Make Sense?

Investing: When Does Sitting on the Sidelines Make Sense?

Let’s get this out of the way upfront: I have no idea what the stock market is going to do tomorrow, next week, or next year. I also freely acknowledge that by many measures, markets are relatively expensive. Nevertheless, here are several reasons why I think sitting on the sidelines does not make a whole lot of sense. 1. Let the odds… Read more

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How Diversification Won the “Lost Decade”

How Diversification Won the “Lost Decade”

The first decade of the 2000s was a difficult one for investors. As the new millennium dawned, the ebullience of the dot.com boom turned into a sharp market sell-off, highlighted by the collapse of many previously high-flying tech stocks. By the middle of the decade, markets recovered, but a credit crisis soon ensued, followed by the Great Recession. Newspapers referred to this… Read more

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tax diversification

How Tax Diversification Can Improve Your Odds of Success

I know, I know. You probably read the title of this blog and immediately considered tuning out. But I think your perseverance will be rewarded, because while today’s topic is about taxes, what we’re really talking about is the quality of life in retirement. It’s about living large while paying less to Uncle Sam. And that, my friends, is very exciting indeed.… Read more

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equifax breach

What You Need to Know About the Equifax Data Breach

143 million American consumers were affected by the recent Equifax data breach that was reported last Thursday.1 If you have a credit report, chances are you may have been affected. What Happened According to the company’s investigation, the breach lasted from mid-May through July. Consumer information that was accessed includes people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some cases… Read more

financial fears

Financial Fears: “I’m afraid of outliving my money”

Ready for a quick Jeopardy pop quiz? Question: Studies have shown that three out of four Americans fear “this” more than death. Answer: What is “running out of money in retirement.1” This statistic saddens me, but it also reinforces my belief that while money can’t buy happiness, not having money can make people miserable. So, what exactly can you do to improve… Read more

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September economic update

September 2017 Economic Update

The Month in Brief August brought an overwhelming natural disaster, a threat of war from a foreign dictator, and violence in the streets – so it is little wonder stocks went sideways. The S&P 500 eked out an advance of 0.05% for the month. Economically speaking, there were some positives: improvements in consumer confidence and consumer spending, continued strength in manufacturing, and… Read more

Value Stocks: An idea whose time has passed?

Value Stocks: An idea whose time has passed?

An unusual phenomenon has been taking place in the stock market the last several years. You see, the high-flying stocks of popular “growth” companies have been outperforming those of beaten down “value stocks.” The fact is, value stocks have historically outperformed growth stocks, both in the U.S. and abroad, and they have done so on a pretty consistent basis and by a… Read more

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