How will the presidential race affect the financial markets?

Whatever your political views may be, it’s fair to say that speculation about the upcoming presidential election has been running rampant in the press and among pundits from both sides of the aisle. So it’s really no surprise that the financial media are debating how the nominees, the race itself and its outcome will affect […]

Brexit — Our Perspective

Britain’s decision to exit the European Union has brought with it all the expected trappings of a significant news event — projections of crazy market volatility, wild headlines and a fair dose of uncertainty about the long-term impact on the global economy and our individual financial lives here at home. Many questions immediately arise as […]

Every financial plan needs a check-up

Developing the right investment plan is among the most important decisions a prudent investor faces. Just as a second opinion regarding important medical decisions can provide reassurance, a review of your existing or proposed investment plan can be a great benefit to you and your family.

What you need to know about the Department of Labor 
fiduciary rule

On April 6, the Department of Labor (DOL) published the final version of the conflict of interest rule it proposed in April 2015. The new regulations require those who advise on retirement savings plans to adhere to the “fiduciary standard” that our firm has long held dear. Because we’ve always been fiduciaries, these regulations won’t […]

Fight the urge to act out of fear

With all that happened this past quarter, the financial media had plenty of opportunity to cause investors anxiety and foster an environment of fear. The market rebounded from its August correction, but then proceeded to erase its gains for the year. In December, the Federal Reserve finally decided to raise interest rates, ending months of […]

What you need to know about the Fed’s move to raise interest rates

So the Fed has finally decided to raise interest rates, ending months of rampant speculation. Director of Fixed Income Brian Haywood covers the why, what and how of the Fed’s rate hike, plus what you should do about it. Short answer? Nothing.

Budget act eliminates strategies for maximizing Social Security payout

Did you know that the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 contains a provision that can significantly affect the retirement planning of many Americans, likely costing them thousands of dollars in Social Security benefits? The provision eliminates two strategies that many married couples have used to maximize Social Security benefits. Some couples, however, may be able […]

Ride out market downturns

Two stories dominated the financial news last quarter — the stock market’s August volatility and the Fed’s September meeting on interest rates. Investors were bombarded on a daily, sometimes even hourly, basis with anxiety-producing commentary about the state of the markets and the impact of the Federal Open Market Committee’s weighty decision. Worry can be […]

Retirement planning mistakes to avoid

Life is all about balance. You want to enjoy life along the way, but it’s vital to set aside resources for what lies ahead. Mistakes made in preparation for your retirement years can be particularly damaging since you may not have the necessary time horizon to correct them. This article discusses several retirement mistakes to avoid so you can maximize the enjoyment of your twilight years.

What is a market “correction” and how should you react to the current market volatility?

Over the past several weeks, the markets have taken us on a roller coaster ride that we have not experienced in the past few years. Many people become concerned when they see, or think, that markets are going in the wrong direction. What we have seen during the last few days is commonly referred to […]