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The “sandwich generation”: Those Americans thrust into the precarious position of financially juggling young children and elderly parents. Lots of older Millennials and Gen-Xers are finding themselves in this bucket, with plenty more being thrown into the mix each year. Grappling with the daily responsibility tug-of-war can be a real emotional struggle. Figuring out how Read More

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Bond market mayhem. The bond market had a year to forget in 2022. 2023 is shaping up to be more of the same. Strong economic data and ballooning U.S. debt are the two most credited reasons why rates have continued to rise and bond values decline. Good economic data is usually a positive for investment Read More

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Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner. We all know how the end of every year tends to go – in a frenzied sprint, leaving most non-holiday related tasks shelved until January.   How about getting your personal finances buttoned up now, before all the hustle and bustle? Then you can Read More

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Rising interest rates. The current position of the Federal Reserve on interest rates? Higher-for-longer, which has led to a significant adjustment in investor and market expectations regarding when, and by how much, the Fed would be cutting rates. The Fed’s commentary adjustment to a more restrictive policy has translated into market expectations of additional headwinds for companies in 2024. Corporate Read More

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The splurge question comes my way quite often. Not always about a boat of course. Sometimes it’s a luxury car, a home renovation, the vacation of a lifetime, a second property, a shopping spree, or something else entirely. When clients ask me if they can afford to splurge on something, I always give the same Read More

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China slowdown. The headline that China, the world’s second largest economy, is slowing down may initially create some heartburn for investors. A deeper dive shows that there may be some silver linings derived from the weakness. A few reasons why: (1) The U.S. economy does not seem to have significant exposure to the Chinese markets Read More

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If you’ve been following the blog, you know we’re big believers in making sure your finances are on the right track. Even if you’re not exactly in the perfect spot (most of us aren’t), working towards getting yourself there is extremely important. Why? Because money impacts virtually every life decision you make. Simply put, money really does Read More

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Corporate Earnings. Q2 corporate earnings have begun to come out in earnest. While expectations have been lowered heading in, it seems that the markets are already looking to the future rather than worrying about this earnings crop. Remember that the markets are a forecasting mechanism, focusing more on the future than the present or past. Read More

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We all have fun goals we dream about: traveling to a new destination, checking off a bucket list item, purchasing something extravagant, or going all out for a special occasion. Like any other financial goal, turning these kinds of dreams into reality requires steady, consistent financial planning. By implementing effective money-saving strategies, you can make Read More

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Economic strength and consumer resilience. The latest economic data is continuing to underscore the strength of the U.S. economy, which may come as a surprise to many naysayers. Plenty of folks in the media have been talking about why it is too good to last, with the next economic doom fast approaching. Commentators and prognosticators are stymied by the Read More