When to Pivot?

The first half of 2018 went well in terms of market performance and economic growth. In fact, the second longest-running bull market in U.S. stock market history managed to weather a few bumps and bruises to climb even higher. That’s the good news. 1   The bad news are the expected near-term headwinds that could…

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Trade Wars

There’s a never-ending stream of political news these days, but the stock market has remained relatively resilient. The market successfully weathered potential distractions that may have been detrimental in previous years, but that calm may end as there have been ongoing discussions about tariffs with global trade partners.1   In the past, the presidential power…

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Tax Burden Shifts in Divorces

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) featured an important provision for divorcing couples to consider. For divorces executed after Dec. 31, 2018, alimony will no longer qualify as a tax-deductible expense, while alimony payments will be tax-free to recipients. In other words, the tax burden on that income will shift from the receiver to…

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Wealth and the Trump Effect

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was meant to kickstart the economy with growth not seen in a decade. Six months in, the results are a bit lackluster. Business investment has increased only slightly throughout the last year (excluding oil and gas, which are highly volatile).1   This begs the question — how much impact…

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Trends in Real Estate

One of today’s new housing trends was also popular more than thousands of years ago — communal living.1   In the Middle Ages, society was more interdependent. It wasn’t unusual for households to consist of far more than just biological family members; a myriad of shifting residents included townspeople, friends, poor married couples, other people’s…

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Takeaways From the 2018 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

As he does each year, the United States’ arguably most successful investor, Warren Buffett, shared his wisdom and observations at this year’s Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. Buffett is known not just for his investment prowess but for his ability to pare down his insights into information the average investor can understand.   Wealth managers…

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Retirement Investing

Retirement planning looks much different than it did a century ago. With lifespans and retirements lasting longer, it’s not just about planning for a financial future; we must also create a post-career strategy that takes into account emotional, intellectual and quality of life challenges during later years.   After all, we don’t just stop enjoying…

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Market Trends

Fueled by more plentiful jobs, the U.S. residential real-estate market is skyrocketing. In some areas, particularly major metropolitan cities, buyers are struggling to either find or afford a home. Those lucky enough to find the right place have to move quickly — gone are the days of extensive deliberation on whether a house fits every…

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What Higher Interest Rates Could Mean for You

Unemployment is at its lowest level in years.1 Many Americans are seeing a bump in their paychecks due to the new tax law, and the stock market is remaining resilient in the bullish market.   What could go wrong?   Inflation, for one, which is why the Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates. As…

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Economic Effects of U.S. Putting ‘America First’

At the start of this century, the internet enhanced global communication, and the world transitioned into one massive economy. But this new landscape came at a cost, and after years of hardships, including terrorist threats, domestic recession, income gaps and divisive politics, the country is now turning its focus inward on “America First” economics.1  …

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