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Stocks are off to a solid start in 2024. January gains are particularly enjoyable because of the old adage from the Stock Trader’s Almanac, “As goes January, so goes the year.”
Stocks defied the skeptics in a very unpredictable 2023. The Dow Jones finished at an all-time record high on December 28, and the S&P 500 came within a whisker of a fresh all-time high after the index rallied more than 20% for the year.
The Internal Revenue Service recently released updated income tax brackets, standard deduction, and retirement contribution limits for the 2024 tax year. While these taxes are not due for some time, it may benefit you to start thinking ahead.
The penultimate month of the year is often a time to reflect and offer thanks. And while economic and geopolitical uncertainty can overshadow the positives, there are things to be thankful for. Here is just some of what we’re thankful for, now that we’re in the second to last month of the year.
Whether your goal is growth, value, or probably some combination of the two, there wasn’t a difference in performance between the two (on the Russell 1000 indexes). Stocks in both investing styles generated nearly identical total returns during the quarter. Growth, however, still maintains its more than 11 percentage point year-to-date gain over value.
Financial markets lived up to their reputation during the month of August, which has a record for being difficult. Still, despite the credit-related downgrades, markets were able to navigate their way through the ongoing debate of the country’s financial strength. Better than expected earnings reports, coupled with an optimistic outlook, helped underscore the overall durability of corporate America.
Making economic forecasts and stock market predictions can be humbling. It’s especially tough when you expect stocks to go higher and get a big drop instead. The environment today is the opposite, but still tricky, as recession hasn’t followed the chorus of predictions. In some ways, figuring out what to do now that stocks have gone up is as difficult as considering what to do when stocks are down.
Market timing is exhausting. And sometimes, it can be expensive. When you time the markets, you have to be right twice – first when getting out and second when getting back in.
What is a bull market, and more importantly, who determines if we are in one?
Financial conversations can be challenging, especially with adult children. However, with a little bit of planning (and a large amount of care), they can make all the difference.
Its tax refund time! Have you given any thought to what you'll do with your tax refund this year? Vacations, cars and home improvement items often top the list, but is that the smartest use of your tax refund dollars?
When investors combine solid financial planning and adherence to a disciplined investment philosophy, it can help put them in a position to pass on wealth to their heirs and favorite charities. This process is called wealth transfer.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released new limits for certain retirement accounts for 2023. After months of high inflation and financial uncertainty, some of these cost-of-living-based adjustments have reached near-record levels.
The longer we are in this business, the more convinced we are that change is in the only constant. We realize that market ups and downs can be extreme and unpredictable, and that volatility can play havoc with your nerves. In times like these, we like to remind our clients to expect the unexpected and try not to let emotion derail your long-term investment plans.
There's a simple word that has profound implications for savings and investing: compounding. Like a snowball that grows as it rolls down a hill, compounding provides the potential for your money to grow, investing your investment earnings.
Many retirees share the common dread of outliving their money. Besides being psychologically debilitating, the feat of going broke can cause you to overly constrain your retirement lifestyle. On the other hand, not preparing properly can lead to overspending and unpleasant consequences as you age.
Changing jobs can impact your retirement plan. To minimize disruptions toyour contributions and the vested portion of your previous employer'scontributions, it's important to understand the choices you may have whenyou make a career transition.
The White House recently forgave up to $10,000 to student loan borrowers as part of a larger debt forgiveness program. There are still quite a few questions to be answered, but here are some key points to know.
While negative headlines are eye-catching, a gloom-and-doomperspective misses some finer details.
Summer’s here, and the time is right for vacations, outdoor activities, and fun. It’s also a good time to consider a few financial matters.
There’s no doubt that stocks have been gut-punched in the first half of 2022, and the bear bandwagon seems crowded. But Wall Street has a resilience all its own. Meanwhile, time IN the markets, not timing the markets, remains the wise way to go.
The investing climate is quite challenging, but history suggests patience will be rewarded. Even if there may be some downside in the short term, consumer and business fundamentals remain supportive. Strong profits and lower stock prices mean more attractive valuations. Our belief is that current levels could end up being an attractive entry point.
Inflation is running hot, gasoline prices are up, and interest rates are climbing. Add in Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine, and there are plenty of reasons to be discouraged.
It’s easy to get excited reading the news. With all of the storm and stress of the last few years, it’s only natural to react to each ping of our phone’s news apps with a deep sigh and a cynical “what now?”
Preparing for retirement just got a little more financial wiggle room. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced new contribution limits for 2022.
We like to think of the New Year as a time to look to the future and consider what ideas and interests we want to pursue in the year ahead. Let us help you in planning your financial future.