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Trade Wars: What About China?

No country is as much in the trade crosshairs as China. If a trade war breaks out, what would be the impact on China and on U.S. investors? Investment experts at Matthews Asia, a San Francisco-based investment firm specializing in Asian and Pacific investments, say forecasts that a trade war will seriously damage the Chinese […]

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The Kids Are Alright: The Rise Of The Millennial Workforce

If you’re a Baby Boomer, prepare to be outnumbered! In fact, it’s too late. You are already in the minority. Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, says the Pew Research Center based on analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Millennials are defined as those born 1981 to 1996, or those aged […]

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Quote Of The Week: Finding The Right Financial Advice

Where do you turn when you need financial advice? It’s hard to know whom to trust, and even harder to know who can give you the unbiased and experienced guidance you need. The personal finance experts at Kiplinger Personal Finance, who have been helping Americans manage their finances since 1920, explain why you may want […]

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Quote Of The Week: The Difference Between A Good Company And A Good Investment

“There is a difference between a good company and a good investment, and that’s valuation.” David Herro, Manager of Oakmark International, at the Morningstar Investment Conference, Chicago IL, June 2018 How many times do people run across a great new product or service, and say “Wow! What a phenomenal company! I should take a look […]

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Morningstar Investment Conference: Prepare To Be Disrupted

There’s always something new in the investment world. That’s why I spent three days in Chicago last week at the annual Morningstar Investment Conference, called one of the industry’s “biggest teach-ins” by Investor’s Business Daily. Keynote speakers included behavioral psychologist Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics, who talked about how people think […]

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Quote Of The Week: Is The Stock Market Correction Over?

Just when they think they’re out of the woods, investors keep getting pummeled by a stock market that can’t seem to make up its mind whether it’s headed up or down. Anne Kates Smith, Senior Editor, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, “Is the Stock Market Correction Over?” May 10, 2018  

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Beauty And The Beast

Shopping for cosmetics at Ulta? Congratulations! You’re supporting gender diversity. Fortune reports that Ulta Beauty is one of only 24 companies in the Fortune 500 list of powerful corporations that has a female CEO (in case you don’t have a calculator handy, that’s less than 5%. Pretty shabby). Ulta Beauty’s CEO is Mary Dillon. She’s been  […]

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What Every Woman Truly Fears: The Bag Lady Syndrome

Women want to plan for their financial future, but what they often see in the years ahead frightens them. The math is simple. Women tend to live longer than men. And living longer carries a hefty price tag. We have an unmarried client just entering her 70s. She has well over a million dollars saved […]

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What You Need To Know About Annuity Taxes Before It’s Too Late

Sad to say, we spend a lot of time trying to get clients out of annuities they’ve purchased elsewhere. Annuities can be extremely costly, and once you’re in, you may not be able to get out for seven or more years without a major hit to your wallet. The sales pitch is always compelling, but […]

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Building A Bond Ladder The Easy Way

Some of the clients we work with like the idea of owning individual bonds and building a bond ladder, with some of the bonds maturing every year. This helps them maintain stability in their portfolio by investing in a broadly diversified portfolio of bonds, and generates interest they can use to provide retirement income. It also […]

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