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August 6, 2019

Many investors are less than enthused about the current valuations of traditional investments like stocks and bonds. After a decade-long bull market where the S&P 500 averaged more than 16% per year as of April, stocks are trading at historically high valuations. Bonds are offering very low yields compared to prior decades and the Federal…

What a Rate Cut Means

July 23, 2019

Just seven months ago the Fed was predicting it would raise rates several times in 2019. The Federal Reserve seemed to feel that the economy was strong and it was concerned about excessive inflation. Interest rates rose in anticipation of the expected rate increases. However, Chairman Jerome Powell has indicated a probable reversal. Not only…

Avoiding Future Tax Increases

June 12, 2019

Most taxpayers have an instinct to delay paying taxes to the last possible minute. We want to hold on to our money and let it “work” for us. However, there is one exception to that notion. Most of us pay our property taxes as early as possible. Why? Because there is a discount for paying…

Explaining Medicare

June 2, 2019

Once we reach age 65, most of us are eligible for subsidized health insurance through a government program called Medicare. Part A, which covers hospital care, is free. Part B, which is available for purchase for an extra fee (depending on your income), covers doctor visits, outpatient therapy, medical equipment and preventative services. Many people…

What is the China Trade War All About?

May 26, 2019

Stocks have not reacted too well to the recent snag in trade talks with China. Reportedly, China and the United States had been close to an agreement. However, that tentative agreement fell apart after China allegedly backtracked on some important concessions it had previously agreed to. The U.S. responded with 25 percent tariffs up from…

Investing Ain’t Easy

May 19, 2019

Every year educated “professional” money managers attempt to beat the benchmark of the S&P 500 index. Active stock managers, as a whole, have failed to beat the S&P 500 each of the last nine years — trailing by an average of 1.7 percent per year.* Individual investors have fared even worse according to research done…

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