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Start Setting Financial Goals and Make a Plan to Get There

Start Setting Financial Goals and Make a Plan to Get There

When it comes to taboo topics, money ranks up there with the best of them. This can make it difficult to comfortably have an open and productive conversation about your finances, and your future. To complicate matters, there’s an overwhelming amount of information out there. Some of it’s very helpful, but it can be...

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Here Comes the Guide: How to Have the Marriage and Money Talk
May 15, 2017

Here Comes the Guide: How to Have the Marriage and Money Talk

These days, engagements come with many different timelines and expectations, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the need for couples to plan their financial...

Caution Ahead? Five Warning Signs a Stock Might Not Be a Good Buy
May 11, 2017

Caution Ahead? Five Warning Signs a Stock Might Not Be a Good Buy

When a highway ramp leads into oncoming traffic, warning signs keep drivers from going the wrong way. That usually gets the job done. But when a particular ...

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Slow News Day? Don’t Overthink, Investors
May 10, 2017

Slow News Day? Don’t Overthink, Investors

Any sports fan who's listened to post-game media interviews with coaches or players over the years is likely familiar with a certain phrase: “It is what it is.”

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for April 2017
May 8, 2017

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for April 2017

The Investor Movement Index®, or IMXSM, retreated to 6.06 for April, down from March’s all-time high of 6.22. Despite reducing their overall exposure to equities...

Caring for Your Finances When You’re Suddenly Single
May 8, 2017

Caring for Your Finances When You’re Suddenly Single

The transition period after a death or divorce is a time when weighty financial decisions about the rest of your life, and possibly your children’s lives, will have to be ...

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Here’s What It Costs to Raise a Child and How You Might Cover It
May 1, 2017

Here’s What It Costs to Raise a Child and How You Might Cover It

Do you happen to have an extra $14,000-plus that you can squeeze into your annual budget to cover the expenses involved in raising a child? If not, you may ...

Earnings: Is Plastic Fantastic, and Who’s Solving the Retail Riddle?
April 26, 2017

Earnings: Is Plastic Fantastic, and Who’s Solving the Retail Riddle?

Keeping the lights on in the American economy requires an array of power sources – “plastic” being one. Based on the initial few weeks of the latest U.S. earnings ...

Who’s Footing the College Bill? Millennial Parents and Grandparents
April 24, 2017

Who’s Footing the College Bill? Millennial Parents and Grandparents

Still smarting from the pain of their own college education costs, a majority of millennial parents say saving for their own children’s college educations is their No. 1 ...

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Earth Day: Sustainable Investing for a Different Type of Asset Protection
April 20, 2017

Earth Day: Sustainable Investing for a Different Type of Asset Protection

When you hear the phrase “asset protection,” do you think about defensive stocks, fixed income allocation, or maybe even put options? And when you say you want ...

Strong-Dollar Policy and Rate Hikes—a New Conundrum?
April 20, 2017

Strong-Dollar Policy and Rate Hikes—a New Conundrum?

For the chieftains of some behemoth U.S. multinational corporations, President Trump’s declaration to the Wall Street Journal last week that “our dollar is getting too ...

Consumer Discretionary Spending: Rolling On; Brake Lights Ahead?
April 17, 2017

Consumer Discretionary Spending: Rolling On; Brake Lights Ahead?

Consumers drive the economy—a lot of it, anyway—personal consumption expenditures make up about 70% of GDP. And when the good times roll, the ...

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Beyond Benchmarks: A Fresh Survey of Stock Sectors
April 17, 2017

Beyond Benchmarks: A Fresh Survey of Stock Sectors

As the old saying goes–there is always a bull market somewhere. Many investors consider the "market" to be the major benchmark indexes like the Dow Jones ...

The Role of Market Cycles in Sector Investing
April 14, 2017

The Role of Market Cycles in Sector Investing

Sector investing may be a tool for investors with a higher risk profile that are looking for a different approach that attempts to produce income and protect capital ...

Three Market Factors to Watch as Springtime Earnings Commences
April 13, 2017

Three Market Factors to Watch as Springtime Earnings Commences

When T.S. Eliot wrote that April is the “cruelest month” nearly a century ago, he wasn’t, we think, talking about the American stock market. ...

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Strategies and Seasonality in Sector Investing
April 12, 2017

Strategies and Seasonality in Sector Investing

Sector investing may sound like it’s for the pros. But even if you're an average investor just starting out in the market or steadily working toward goals like retirement ...

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