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2017 Outlook - Key Points

2017 Outlook

In 2016, all of the major stock categories posted gains in the fourth quarter with a significant percentage of gains realized following the U.S. presidential election.  Small caps performed very well in the fourth quarter and energy stocks led equities as oil prices recovered. 

Implications of a Trump Presidency

Many of you are probably wondering how a Trump Presidency will impact your investments.  After his surprise victory and the Republicans holding majorities in both the House and Senate it would appear that Trump will have the momentum necessary to begin implementing his agenda.   

Six Ways to Live Through a Volatile Market as a Retiree

1. Check your cash. 

An Update by the Numbers


•    The stock market S&P 500 hit an all-time high on May 21, 2015, reaching a high of 2130.  At this writing, the close was 2095.  
•    The employment numbers are very slowly improving.  There were 2.99 million more Americans employed as of 3/31/2016 than employed as of 3/31/2015.    

Our Biggest Financial Challenges are often Self-Inflicted

In many respects, people can be their own worst enemies in their quest for financial security. When you consider that our lives are nothing more than a culmination of the decisions we make each day, if we tend to make more bad decisions than good decisions, or worse, if we can’t make decisions at all, it’s should be no surprise when financial security  remains elusive.

The 4 Essential Elements of a Retirement Plan

Until recently, many retirees have been able to rely upon the three-legged stool of retirement income sources: A defined benefit pension plan that guarantees a lifetime income, their own savings, and Social Security.

Thoughts on the Oil Market

With the market in its current state, especially oil prices, we continually scour other “experts” opinions on where we might be headed.  Professor Jeremy J. Siegel, a regular commentator on CNBC and contributor to Yahoo!

4th Quarter 2015 Update - Key Points

Historically, the first interest-rate hike by the Federal Reserve is not the start of a market or economic downturn.  Typically, equities have performed well during the period of immediately after the initial hike, as the economy gathers strength.

The Greek Crisis – What’s Next?

If you have been listening to the news lately, you have been bombarded with the endless talk of Greece and where its financial future is heading.  The Greek Prime Minister just last week encouraged the Greek people to vote no to the July 5 referendum which resulted in a 60% voters’ opposition.  This week the same Prime Minister has made a 180 degree turn on the issue and is requ

2nd Quarter 2015 Update

The 1st quarter ended giving us a mixed picture of activity. Looking at the global economy it seemed to be very uninspiring but an increase in monetary easing outside of the U.S. pushed global bond yields lower and U.S. equities higher.  Economically, the U.S. still seems to be in a solid mid-cycle growth phase, coupled with Europe and Japan showing improvement. U.S.

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