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SA: Q+A Vol. 1
August 19, 2020

Client Question: “How will the upcoming elections affect my portfolio?” My Answer: The stock market is apolitical, meaning it does not matter which party is elected. The stock market just wants a strong economy, which leads to a strong stock price. Over the long run, the stock market will follow the economy. If the economy […]

Lost, Incorrect, or Missing Stimulus Payments
July 15, 2020

Ronald Reagan once famously quipped, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’ ” For the millions of Americans who have already received their Economic Impact Payments, (commonly called “stimulus payments”) these words may not have aged well. For the others, who are still […]

Before “work from home” became a popular hashtag, my daily commute was a very mundane process. When I was finally able to start going back into my office, my drive suddenly felt new again and I noticed things that my mind would have otherwise glossed over in the normal routine of my drive. One such […]

CARES Act – RMD Update
June 24, 2020

Required Minimum Distributions, or RMD for short, have received a considerable amount of attention from Congress over the last six months. As touched on earlier this year by Thomas Talbott, the SECURE Act raised the RMD age to age 72 for certain individuals. For more details on that change, please take a moment to read […]

Social Justice and Investing
June 17, 2020

It is often difficult to effectively respond in times of social unrest or injustice like we are currently seeing across our country. At the very least, these moments should lead to introspection and self-evaluation. As we look at what we have been entrusted with, it is natural to evaluate how our financial investments can be […]

Reaction to Economic Conspiracy Claims
June 9, 2020

Americans have been searching for answers to explain the stock market’s unusual behavior amidst the Coronavirus pandemic and the current state of civil unrest. Many media outlets claim to have the answers explaining the stock market’s uncommon uptick in these uncertain times. There have even been suggestions of behind-the-scenes activity and conspiracy.   A local newspaper recently raised the idea of an economic conspiracy in a piece in their financial section. It was alleged that the market’s non-stop climb […]

Don’t Be Played For a Fool
April 13, 2020

April Fool’s Day is synonymous with practical jokes and good-natured hoaxes. While most people accept the light-hearted nature of April Fool’s Day and laugh along with the practical jokes, April 1 should also serve as a reminder to remain vigilant against the much more serious hoaxes we are all subject to on a regular basis. […]

COVID-19 and Market Volatility
March 24, 2020

None of us planned for this crisis. It probably seems like a long time ago, but our first blog post of the year, titled Return on Life vs Return on Investment, gave us the foundation for dealing with the current challenge of the COVID-19 and market volatility. The key is not letting heightened emotions and […]

Investing 101: Basics of Investing
March 4, 2020

I was explaining to a new client recently how we invest our client assets. They wanted to know if we use individual stocks, Mutual Funds or ETFs (Exchanged Traded Funds.) I told them we don’t use individual stocks or securities, as this adds a level of risk that does not necessarily improve the risk/reward return. […]