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Who Needs Estate Planning?

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You have an estate. It doesn’t matter how limited (or unlimited) your means may be, and it doesn’t matter if you own a mansion or a motor home. When You Die, You Leave an Estate Rich or poor, when you die, you leave behind an estate. For some, this can mean real property, cash, an inv
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The Importance of Financial Literacy

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If only money came with instructions... If it did, the route toward wealth would be clear and direct. Unfortunately, many people have inadequate financial knowledge, and for them, the path is more obscure.
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May 2017 Market & Portfolio Summary

Monthly economic update
April Was Kind to Global Markets April was kind to global markets with widespread positive returns for the major asset classes last month. The only loser: broadly defined commodities, which dipped for a second month. That being said, with fiscal policy changes likely delayed until lat
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Have a Plan, Not Just a Stock Portfolio

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Overly exuberant investors might want to pay attention to the words of Sam Stovall, a longtime, bullish investment strategist and market analyst. Stovall, who used to work for Standard & Poor’s and now works for CFRA.
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April 2017 Market & Portfolio Summary

Monthly economic update
The market seems to want to keep moving higher and the Fed has little interest in rocking the boat, but I think investors should consider taking a bit of a defensive posture.
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Are Millennial Women Saving Enough for Retirement?

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Young Women Are Often Hard-Pressed to Save Money Women 35 and younger are often hard-pressed to save money. Student loans may be outstanding; young children may need to be clothed, fed, and cared for; and rent or home loan payments may need to be made. With all of these very real conc
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March 2017 Market & Portfolio Summary

Chart of Monthly Fed, ECB, and BoJ Purchases
Mother of All Financial Bubbles By all measurable means, it looks as if we are now experiencing what appears to be the mother of all financial bubbles, and with the “Trump Rally” remaining in full play there appears to be no end in sight. We’ve been living with it so long now th
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The Federal Reserve Raises Benchmark Interest Rate

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On March 15, the Federal Reserve raised the benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point to a range of 0.75-1.00%. The increase was widely expected, and it represented a vote of confidence in the economy.
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Active & Passive Investment Management

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Investment Management Can Be Active or Passive Investment management can be active or passive. Sometimes, that simple, fundamental choice can make a difference in portfolio performance. During a particular market climate, one of these two methods may be widely praised, while the other
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