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Market Commentary May 9, 2022

May 9, 2022Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth There is a lot of uncertainty in financial markets – and markets hate uncertainty. In recent weeks, economic and financial market data have been telling different stories – and that makes it...

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Weekly Market Commentary

March 7, 2022Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth The world is adapting to a changing reality. As the war in Ukraine intensified last week, financial markets grappled with uncertainty. “After watching financial markets gyrate from hour to...

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Weekly Market Commentary

February 22, 2022Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth Investors’ appetite for risk diminished as the Russian threat to Ukraine intensified. Volatility was high last week as investors guessed and second-guessed how markets would react if...

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Weekly Market Commentary

January 31, 2022Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth Last week, the January stock market decline was interrupted by a Friday afternoon rally.“The S&P 500 rose 2.4 percent, its biggest one-day jump since June 2020, while the...

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Weekly Market Commentary

January 24, 2022Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth When is a barometer not a barometer? It’s widely recognized that people do not make perfect financial decisions. In fact, many investors rely on mental shortcuts when asked to make complex...

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Weekly Market Commentary

How Are Your Investments Doing Lately?  Receive A Free, No-Obligation 2nd Opinion On Your Investment Portfolio > January 18, 2022Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth Is the economy doing well, or not?If you skimmed the headlines last...

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Weekly Market Commentary

How Are Your Investments Doing Lately?  Receive A Free, No-Obligation 2nd Opinion On Your Investment Portfolio > January 10, 2022Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth ​Here’s a little story about a group called the Fed…In the 1950’s, then...

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Weekly Market Commentary

How Are Your Investments Doing Lately?  Receive A Free, No-Obligation 2nd Opinion On Your Investment Portfolio > January 3, 2021Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth 2021 was a fizzing mints-in-soda kind of year.Everything seemed to shoot...

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Weekly Market Commentary

How Are Your Investments Doing Lately?  Receive A Free, No-Obligation 2nd Opinion On Your Investment Portfolio > December 27, 2021Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth Investors were feeling bullish.Last week, the Standard & Poor’s 500...

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How Are Your Investments Doing Lately?  Receive A Free, No-Obligation 2nd Opinion On Your Investment Portfolio > December 13, 2021Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth Inflation met expectations.When the Bureau of Labor Statistics released...

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Weekly Market Commentary

How Are Your Investments Doing Lately?  Receive A Free, No-Obligation 2nd Opinion On Your Investment Portfolio > November 29, 2021Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth COVID-19 strikes again.Coronavirus cases have been on the rise in...

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Weekly Market Commentary

Treasury Note is simply the yield at the close of the day on each of the historical time periods. Sources: Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, djindexes.com, London Bullion Market Association.Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indices are...

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Weekly Market Commentary

How Are Your Investments Doing Lately?  Receive A Free, No-Obligation 2nd Opinion On Your Investment Portfolio > November 1, 2021Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth The road to recovery is slow and bumpy.Last week, we learned that...

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Questions To Ask A Financial Advisor

The recent volatility in the stock market has again become a wake up call to many investors.
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Advised Brokerage Accounts Are Better Diversified, Reports Schwab

The report highlights the benefits of working with an advisor. In general, participants who had professional help were more diversified across all of their holdings
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Where is Your Best Place to Retire?

The best place to retire in the United States is in dispute. There’s no formal debate, but a review of reliable publications showed surveys have named different states and cities as the “best” place to retire. 
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Documenting Your Possessions in Case of Disaster

It’s better to protect yourself now and document your possessions rather than trying to do it after something has happened. A home inventory will give you an accurate recording of your assets for insurance purposes and give you a better idea of how much homeowner’s insurance you need to ensure proper coverage.
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Unused Vacation Days Can Be Costly

Would you give up a share of $62 billion?   If your answer is no, then you may be a member of the relatively small group of Americans (36 percent) that takes all of the vacation days available to them each year.
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Red Flags for Tax Auditors

No one wants to see an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) auditor show up at his or her door. The IRS can’t audit every American’s tax return, so it relies on guidelines to select the ones most deserving of its attention.
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Six Steps To Financial Independence For Women

Financial independence: Whether you enjoy it or dream about it, it’s a common term that you’ve probably seen in magazine ads, TV commercials and billboards. But what really does financial independence mean, exactly?
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Understanding Credit Reporting

To qualify for the best loans at the lowest rates, borrowers must qualify financially and are scored by lenders using a computerized model for evaluating credit risk, developed by Fair, Isaac, and Company, known as the FICO score.  Learn more
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Organizing Your Financial Records and Emergency Forms

Would someone be able to find your important papers during a crisis if you became ill, injured, or incapacitated?  It’s a good idea to make sure a trusted family member or friend knows where to find your personal documents.
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5 Benefits of Working in Retirement

In the past, retirement has been portrayed as an ending, a grand exit from your years in the workplace. But the rules are shifting.
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The Drawback Of Target Date Mutual Funds

If the majority of fund management won’t even invest in their own target-date retirement funds….why should you?
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Just How Safe Is An Insurance Company, Really?

When you think about the car you drive, the house you live in, the health plan you use and the life insurance policy you have, it’s not a stretch to say insurance is an intrinsic part of our daily lives.
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Credit Freeze - You should consider it!

It’s been over a year since Equifax, one of the three largest credit reporting agencies in the U.S., revealed they’d been hacked.
What did you do to protect your data?.
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Should Parents Pay for College Tuition?

It’s a pricey question.
College Board estimated the average cost for full-time, in-state students who live on campus at four-year public colleges or universities during the 2017-18 school year is $25,290.
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Just Say NO to Pie Charts!!

Pie charts look nice coming out of a color printer, but they can’t help manage investment risk
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An Investment Advisor’s Blueprint To Making Solid Financial Decisions

A common mistake people make is to give up what they want most for what they only want right now. Pick which goals in your life are most important to you, and make achieving those goals your utmost priority. Then…
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Enjoy Life. Hire Someone To Watch Your 401K

Have you ever thought you’d be happier if you could just pay someone else to do watch your company 401K retirement plan account?
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The 7 Rules of Investing

From 1977 through 1990, Lynch ran one of the most successful mutual funds ever, posting an average annual return of 29%.
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Considering A 401K Rollover?

What to do with an old 401K?
One great thing about a 401K retirement savings plan is that your assets are often portable when you leave a job.
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Have You Checked Out Our Retirement Planning Library?

While retirement planning can seem intimidating, it’s never too early or too late to start preparing for the future.
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Common Financial Terms

We have compiled a list of important  financial terms. If you don’t speak personal finance, don’t worry—we’re here to help.
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Signs on the Horizon

A Strange World All around us we see the same thing: weirdness. According to a client of mine, a McDonald’s on Interstate 81 posted a sign in the window:   Apply Inside … Work Today! So anyone with a pulse can walk in off the street and get a job at...

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Important Market Update

Dear friends and clients,You’ve heard about it on the news, you’ve felt it at the grocery store and at the gas pump, you’re having to deal with it every day. It is inflation.We didn’t hear much about it in the news or feel its impact until very recently....

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Q1 2022 Update

Ehhh,  What's up Doc?Just two years ago, media had zero coverage of inflation as a topic of interest. Now, multiple stories appear every day about how inflation is affecting the global economy, consumers, and business.In many ways, the economy is like a...

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SPECIAL EDITION MARKET UPDATE

April 12, 2022Our Mission Is To Create And Preserve Client Wealth Some Scary Grains of Truth The Pain … Perhaps we need to brace ourselves. A slew of reputable sources are painting bleak pictures. Not just of the U.S. economy. But of the global economy....

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Special Update

All,You undoubtedly have heard reports that the world’s supply of wheat and corn are in jeopardy due to Ukraine and Russia both missing this season’s planting window for obvious reasons (click the link above to read more details). Did you know that Russia...

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Happy Holidays from Research Financial Strategies

Traditional Holiday FaresWhether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanzaa this December, the festivities wouldn’t be complete without the scrumptious foods that make up our personal traditions. Before you reach for another helping of mashed potatoes...

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Special Edition – oil and gas prices going UP!

$200 Oil TrifectaCold - Supply - ChangeThree ForcesThe weather, Mideast supply, climate change—these three forces could combine to give us oil costing $200 per barrel in the not-so-distant future. And the first two—weather and supply—could very well give...

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Special important safety notice

Dear Friends, Recently, I have been reading about a sharp increase in auto break-ins in my neighborhood and in several around me. As the COVID-19 variant surges back to levels last seen in March 2020, you can expect to see a rise in crime. Car thieves now...

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The Legacy of Labor Day

Athlete and CEO Tyrone Ross Jr. often says, “Legacy is greater than résumé.”1Ross frequently shares pictures of his nieces and nephews with this saying, noting the work he does and the success he has is all to lay a path for the next generation to do...

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Special Market Update

A Whole Flock of CanariesBack in 1911, British coal miners started taking canaries into the mines. Because of the bird’s sensitivity to carbon monoxide, an ill or listless canary would give miners warning. The practice continued until 1986.[1]So began the...

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LITHIUM !!!

LithiumThat’s a Drug, Right?Yes, But It’s Also the Next Investment IdeaEverybody has probably heard of Lithium as a drug. It helps those who suffer from bipolar disorder. But not everyone has heard about Lithium as the next big thing for investors.Up 26%...

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Canaries in the coal mine!

Inflation and Other Hot TopicsWhen Your Dollar ShrinksThe best of financial planners must consider what happens to investors when their dollar begins to shrink. They planned on spending a certain amount per month in  retirement, for example, but … oops …...

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Significant Shrinkage

Significant Shrinkage Buffeted by Inflation Is it time to double check your household budget? Chances are the budgeted expenditures of the vast majority of Americans are about to get buffeted. Or so says the Oracle of Omaha. In the latest shareholder...

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