Wealth Strategies

How Much You Should Be Saving For Retirement

Cathy Schnaubelt
2019-01-17 13:00:00.0

If you’re unsure what this means when it comes to setting your savings goals now, the following rules of thumb can help you come up with a monthly savings target—and implementation plan—to increase your chances of achieving the retirement you envision.
Investments

Midterm Election 2018: Policy And Market Implications

Bill Norris
2019-01-15 13:00:00.0

Markets dislike uncertainty, and the recent midterm elections were no exception.
Wealth Strategies

3 Reasons To Start Saving For Retirement Now

Cathy Schnaubelt
2019-01-10 13:00:00.0

There are many reasons to start saving for retirement sooner rather than later. Fortunately, if you feel you’ve fallen behind on your savings, it’s not too late.
Investments

7 Important Questions About The Economy And The Markets

Dave Donabedian, CFA
2019-01-08 13:00:00.0

If you’re wondering how long the current economic cycle can last or how political rhetoric might impact your investments, rest assured that we have done the research.
Investments

The Stock Market in 2019: Desperately Seeking Clarity

Dave Donabedian, CFA
2019-01-02 16:01:00.0

Superstition is not anybody’s recommended guidepost for making investment decisions. But, years ending in “8” have produced unnerving volatility for investors.
Investments

FOMC Raises the Target Range By 0.25%

Gary Pzegeo, CFA
2018-12-20 16:01:00.0

Many have been expecting the Fed to attempt a “dovish hike”, by combining an increase in the target rate with lower expectations for rate hikes in 2019. It appears they have adopted that strategy, but may not gone far enough to satisfy fragile market expectations.
G2G Impact

Why Insurance is Your Safety Net, Not an Investment

Jordan Sheiner
2018-12-19 17:53:00.0

Research shows that compared to older generations, millennials are just as likely to have auto insurance but far less likely to have homeowners/renters insurance or life insurance. This begs the question: is our generation underinsured?
Wealth Strategies

Year-End Tax Planning Checklist: What You Need to Know

Art Graper, CFP®
2018-12-18 17:46:00.0

Year-end tax planning should be a part of everyone’s financial routine. The checklist from our Wealth Strategies Group, included below, serves as a starting point.
Investments

Currency Wars

Gregg Anderson
2018-12-13 14:00:00.0

As the end of 2018 approaches and we reflect on the major events of this year, the intensifying trade conflict between the United States and China looms near the top of the list. So far this year, the Trump administration has placed tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports, leading China to strike back accordingly as each new block of tariffs is imposed. This tit-for-tat...
Investments

What's Bothering the Stock Market?

Dave Donabedian, CFA
2018-12-11 15:44:00.0

Volatility—and in a downward direction—returned to global equity markets in the early days of December. We see three fundamental factors impacting sentiment, boosting volatility and prompting “risk off” behavior.
G2G Impact

G2G Impact: How to Control Your Credit So It Doesn’t Control You

Jordan Sheiner
2018-12-11 14:00:00.0

Welcome to Part III of our four-part series about some of the strategies you can use to achieve your financial goals—both today and in the future. More than ever before, debt has found a way to creep into nearly all of our lives. Today,  70 percent  of college students graduate with significant student loan debt, and the average American has a credit card balance of  $6,375...
Investments

Clean Energy: A Sunny and Windy Forecast

Lance Marr, CFA
2018-12-06 20:36:00.0

There’s no question that energy is what makes the world go ‘round. Nor that traditional resources— primarily fossil fuels—are ultimately finite. And today, there’s no question that clean energy is not only competing with traditional sources of energy, in many cases it is beating them.
G2G Impact

G2G Impact Planning Foundations: Savings and Investments

Jordan Sheiner
2018-12-04 17:45:00.0

The Millennial generation is already great at saving—a result of having the importance of saving ingrained at an early age. Unfortunately, investing doesn’t come as naturally for this generation: a full three in five Millennials aren’t invested in the stock market at all.
Wealth Strategies

Preparing Yourself Financially For The Unexpected

Cathy Schnaubelt
2018-11-29 14:00:00.0

At times of personal and family crisis such as divorce or death of a spouse, financial matters are among the last things that you should have to worry about. Yet, concerns about everyday questions like how to pay the bills and how to access online accounts often find their way to the top of the list of anxieties.
G2G Impact

G2G Impact Planning Foundations: Planning For Your Future

Jordan Sheiner
2018-11-28 19:31:00.0

Despite an abundance of tempting short-term purchases, such as a newer, larger apartment, a better car or that next international vacation, millennials are also increasingly thinking about the long-term, even if they’re not sure how to get there.