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Tax Reform Bill Details: Here’s How It Might Affect Your Taxes

Tax Reform Bill Details: Here’s How It Might Affect Your Taxes

The details of the proposed tax reform bill, the biggest in 30 years, were made public last week as the Senate and House reconciled the differences between their versions. Until a final bill is signed, the specifics are still subject to change, but it’s looking like new legislation may have some impact on investors’ taxes. Most provisions are set to take effect in 2018; many of those ...

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Sector Outlook: Seasonal Factors, Monetary Policy, Interest Rates
December 18, 2017

Sector Outlook: Seasonal Factors, Monetary Policy, Interest Rates

Last week's Fed rate hike, traditional late-year trading tendencies, and the potential passage of U.S. tax reform could help determine stock sector performance ...

Consider Investing Toward College for a Loved One with a 529 Plan
December 15, 2017

Consider Investing Toward College for a Loved One with a 529 Plan

When you think of investment accounts, a higher education savings plan may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But if you want to help your child or ...

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It's Shopping Season. Care to Try On  Some ETFs for Size?
December 12, 2017

It's Shopping Season. Care to Try On Some ETFs for Size?

Doing a little shopping for your portfolio this season? Perhaps you should consider exchange-traded funds as a lower-cost route to pursuing your investing objectives.

How to Save Money: Six Tips to Help Stash Your Cash
December 11, 2017

How to Save Money: Six Tips to Help Stash Your Cash

Who doesn’t want to save money? Almost no one, but sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking that “saving” is the same as spending, only in smaller increments. ...

Tempest in a Teacup: Does a Jumpy VIX Have Room to Rise?
December 7, 2017

Tempest in a Teacup: Does a Jumpy VIX Have Room to Rise?

What might the fear index be telling investors about the stock market? Last week, the fear index that Wall Street monitors for volatility, was on fire, jumping nearly 30% ...

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Pursuing Portfolio Balance? A Look at Exchange-Traded Funds
December 4, 2017

Pursuing Portfolio Balance? A Look at Exchange-Traded Funds

Looking to strike a balance between stocks and funds in your portfolio? Since their emergence in the early 1990s, ETFs (exchange-traded funds) have become prominent ...

Black Friday, Cyber Monday… Do They Really Matter for Retailers?
November 30, 2017

Black Friday, Cyber Monday… Do They Really Matter for Retailers?

The origin of the term Black Friday has been somewhat obscured over time. It was originally used to mark the gold crash that happened on September 29 in 1869 ...

U.S. Savings Bonds May Still Be Relevant for Investors
November 29, 2017

U.S. Savings Bonds May Still Be Relevant for Investors

U.S. savings bonds were born in the Great Depression, helped win World War II, and underwrote college degrees for countless people. Yet, in the investing world ...

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How Proposed Tax Reform Could Impact Your Tax Reporting
November 29, 2017

How Proposed Tax Reform Could Impact Your Tax Reporting

The U.S. Senate recently introduced the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which includes one provision that, as it is currently written, could have a large impact on...

Junk Bonds: High Returns, But Are They Worth the Risk?
November 27, 2017

Junk Bonds: High Returns, But Are They Worth the Risk?

Most people don’t spend a lot of time in junkyards, right? They’re strange places, usually off the beaten path, full of low-quality, often dangerous items that no longer fit ...

Will It Be a Jolly Holiday Season? Consumer Spending Outlook
November 20, 2017

Will It Be a Jolly Holiday Season? Consumer Spending Outlook

Ebenezer who? Consumers have been on a buying binge and appear to be ready to swing open their wallets wide by the time the jolly old fellow wedges his way down ...

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Grounded: Recent Dow Transports Slump a Red Flag for Economy?
November 15, 2017

Grounded: Recent Dow Transports Slump a Red Flag for Economy?

Industrials make, transports take – it’s one of the foundational components to the technical analysis system known as Dow Theory, and to our economy in general.

Beats and Misses: A Q3 2017 Tech Earnings Roundup
November 8, 2017

Beats and Misses: A Q3 2017 Tech Earnings Roundup

As of the market close last Friday, November 3, we’ve now seen earnings releases from companies that make up 85% of the tech sectors’ market cap in the S&P 500.

Green Bonds: Growing Market of 'Socially Responsible' Investments
November 7, 2017

Green Bonds: Growing Market of 'Socially Responsible' Investments

Socially responsible investments are trending among individual investors and businesses looking to promote environmental, social, and governance efforts (ESG).

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What Is a Bond? Demystifying Bond Trading and Investing
November 2, 2017

What Is a Bond? Demystifying Bond Trading and Investing

Cookies and milk. Hansel and Gretel. Stocks and bonds. Some things just seem to go together. But as familiar as the phrase “stocks and bonds” might be, the truth is ...

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