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In The News: How To Manage Your Money Given Global Unrest

Rattled by global events? Even the most experienced investors can be unsettled by global unrest and unsure of how to respond. Mari recently talked to veteran reporter Jeanne Sahadi of CNN Business to share some tips on how to manage money in light of today’s geopolitical uncertainty. You can read more about our conversation in […]

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Ask Mari: My Investments Were Down In January. What Gives?

Question: When I opened my January 2022 statements, I was surprised to see my portfolio lost value compared to the month before. What happened? Answer: We all know that investments – especially stocks – go up and down in value. Still, it comes as a surprise to many investors when they open their monthly statements […]

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Quote Of The Week: Inflation Is Everywhere

“Inflation can have a real impact. When you think about the cost increases we’re seeing today, it absolutely is hitting the pocketbooks of Americans. You can see it at the grocery store. You can see it at the gas pump. It is everywhere.” Todd Giesing, Secure Retirement Institute, Investment News, January 24, 2022  

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Take A Deep Breath. Market Pullbacks Are Normal

The markets have gotten off to a rough start in 2022, giving investors the equivalent of a nasty New Year’s Eve hangover. So perhaps this is a good time to remind everyone that market pullbacks are normal occurrences, taking place about once per year on average. Nonetheless, absolutely no one enjoys the stress and anxiety they can create. It’s […]

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Quote Of The Week: Keep The Sound Turned Off

“If you must watch CNBC or other financial television, watch it with the sound turned off.” Jason Zweig, “The Best Investment for This Coming Crazy Year,” The Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2022 What’s the secret to successful investing? Financial columnist Jason Zweig says what’s needed to invest successfully in 2022 is the discipline to stay […]

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Gold Fails The Inflation Test In 2021

Were you one of those people wondering whether you should invest in gold in 2021 to hedge your portfolio against rising prices? If so, be glad you didn’t. Has gold lost its luster as an inflation hedge? We’ve been asked about buying gold so many times by clients that we posted a blog article on the topic last summer. […]

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Got Crypto? Now You Can Use It To Help Your Favorite Charity

I was having lunch last month with one of my favorite non-profit groups when the CEO pulled me aside to show me a novel email solicitation on his phone. The sender of the email promised to share cutting-edge expertise on how non-profits like his could boost their fund-raising efforts by taking donations in cryptocurrency. What? […]

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White House Tax And Spending Bill Takes Final Shape

Big sigh of relief! The White House has just released the $1.75 trillion framework for its social and climate-related Build Back Better plan and clients will be relieved to hear that, as of now, it does not contain the disruptive tax, retirement or estate tax measures that they may have been fearing. One caveat. Let’s […]

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Women Edge Out Men When It Comes To Investment Returns

Fidelity’s 2021 Women and Investing Study shows that women edged out men when it comes to investment returns over the last decade. After analyzing over 5 million customer accounts from 2011 to 2020, Fidelity calculated that women achieved slightly better results than men (0.4% higher returns per year) due to their disciplined and consistent investment approach. That’s […]

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Quote Of The Week: Is The S&P 500 Index Giving You The Diversification You Need?

“Like most indexes, the S&P 500 is weighted by capitalization: The bigger the market cap a company has, the more its influence on the performance of the index. Any cap-weighted index fund is a heavy bet on larger companies. Lately, that bet has become extremely heavy because a few stocks have become gigantic. All by themselves, Alphabet (GOOGL), […]

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