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Aug

22

Think About Your Lifestyle Before You Retire

Sometimes planning for retirement isn’t entirely about money. How many words have been written about retirement? It’s a preoccupation for many, and we devote so much time, thought, and energy toward saving for the last day we go to work. Saving and investing in such a way that we no longer have to work may […]

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Aug

22

Growth Report for Monday, August 22, 2016

IS A 2016 INTEREST RATE HIKE STILL POSSIBLE? According to the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s July monetary policy meeting, some Federal Open Market Committee members felt “that economic conditions would soon warrant taking another step in removing policy accommodation.” Others favored waiting longer to adjust rates, contending that the strong hiring seen in recent […]

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Aug

16

The Trump & Clinton Tax Plans

How do they differ? Seemingly every presidential candidate offers a plan for tax reform. You can add Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to that long list. Here is a look at their plans, and the key reforms to federal tax law that might result if they were enacted. Donald Trump revised his tax plan this […]

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Aug

15

Stocks & Presidential Elections

What does history tell us – and should we value it? As an investor, you know that past performance is no guarantee of future success. Expanding that truth, history has no bearing on the future of Wall Street. That said, stock market historians have repeatedly analyzed market behavior in presidential election years, and what stocks […]

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Aug

15

Growth Report for Monday, August 15, 2016

RETAIL SALES WEAKEN July was the first month since March without a gain in U.S. retail purchases. The Census Bureau’s latest report showed retail sales were flat last month, a disappointment in the wake of June’s 0.8% climb. Car and truck sales advanced 1.1% during July, but, minus auto buying, retail sales were actually down […]

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Aug

8

The Rise of the Fee-Only Financial Planner

A huge shift is underway, with the client in mind. A wave of change is transforming the financial services profession. The shift has been gradual, but noticeable. Increasingly, financial planners are choosing to be compensated through fees rather than through commissions. This is a real change from the old status quo. In the days before […]

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Aug

8

Growth Report for Monday, August 8, 2016

TWO STRAIGHT MONTHS OF IMPRESSIVE JOB GAINS The Department of Labor provided Wall Street and Main Street with some great news Friday. Last month, the population of Americans with full-time jobs rose by 255,000. About 70,000 of the workers hired in July found employment within the professional and business services sectors. In addition, the huge […]

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Aug

1

Good Retirement Savings Habits Before Age 40

Some early financial behaviors that may promote a comfortable future. You know you should start saving for retirement before you turn 40. What can you start doing today to make that effort more productive, to improve your chances of ending up with more retirement money, rather than less? Structure your budget with the future in […]

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Aug

1

Growth Report for Monday, August 1, 2016

CONFIDENCE INDICES HOLD STEADY Rising half a point from its previous reading, the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index finished July at 90.0. The Conference Board’s monthly household confidence gauge came in at 97.3 last week, near its (revised) June mark of 97.4.1 ROUNDING UP THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS New Census Bureau data shows […]

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Jul

25

Money Habits That May Help You Become Wealthier

Financially speaking, what do some households do right? Why do some households tread water financially while others make progress? Does it come down to habits? Sometimes the difference starts there. A household that prioritizes paying itself first may end up in much better financial shape in the long run than other households. Some families see […]

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