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Why Use a Financial Planner?

Typical family finances are not rocket science… live within your means, pay down high-interest debt, save for a rainy day, and so on. However, financial planning can encompass a wide gamut of services, from the basic (If I pay an extra $500 a month on my mortgage, how...

Populism and Productivity

Populism is a political doctrine that espouses a commitment to the good of the common citizen. It is typically viewed negatively in that it appears to, or is assumed to, appeal to the prejudices and emotions of people of less means and educational attainment and...

Where Do We Go From Here?

The current equity market is the thirteenth bull market for the S&P 500 since 1928. At 96 months, it is the second longest bull run over the period: the longest, from 1990 to 2000, lasted 120 months and appreciated about 425%. The current market has appreciated...

That Was Easy

One thing we can say for sure is that the political drama in Washington is definitely not boring. This month the long awaited “Repeal and Replace” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) made its first appearance in the form of proposed legislation. The legislation stalled...

Thoughts on President Trump

Tomorrow, Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as our forty-fifth president. Fasten your seat belts. We cannot remember any previous incoming administration that has produced more head scratching than this one. There have certainly been other controversial...

2017?

Summary A calendar-year forecast for 2017 is even more difficult than usual because of the uncertainties accompanying the new regime in Washington Proposed tax reform, deregulation and fiscal stimulus could be good for the economy Despite Republican control of...

Q4 Fixed Income Commentary

On December 14th the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) increased the target federal funds rate by 25bps. The move was widely expected but, remarkably, was only the second raise of the target rate in over a decade. In her press conference following the meeting, FOMC...

Economics Today

Federal Reserve/Economic Reports According to the November meeting minutes, FOMC members indicated the case to hike interest rates continued to strengthen. Many members believe a rate hike should happen “relatively soon” and argued that, to preserve credibility, such...

What a difference a day makes!

Before last night, the conventional wisdom held that Hillary Clinton would be our next president and the next four years would be colored by her policy agenda. The markets had already come to..... Click here for...

Economics Today

Federal Reserve/Economic Reports The Fed’s latest Beige Book, measuring the period between late August and early October, indicated economic activity continued to expand at a "modest to moderate pace" as labor market conditions remained tight and wage pressures were...