May
21

So, You Just Won the Lottery; Now What?

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Successfully managing a financial windfall We’ve all heard the stories, if not firsthand, at least in various news reports and anecdotes. Some “lucky” person picks the winning numbers; prances before the cameras in what can only be described as a media lovefest; and lives happily ever after, free of financial worries. Sure, the first two points are […]

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Mar
26

The Soaring Cost of College

posted on March 26th 2017 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

Ballooning college costs The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year is $33,480 at private colleges and $9,650 for state residents at public colleges. It averages $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities, according to data provided by the College Board. Of course, that doesn’t include an array of other expenses […]

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Mar
19

The February Market Recap

posted on March 19th 2017 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

Table 1: Key Index Returns Source: Wall Street Journal, MSCI.com, CNBC, Morningstar MTD returns: January 31, 2017 – February 28, 2017 YTD returns: December 30, 2016 – February 28, 2017 *Annualized **In U.S. dollars   Awash in a pool of politics The market narrative that has dominated the news cycle since November has been the […]

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Feb
26

Income In Our Golden Years

posted on February 26th 2017 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

As adults, we know the importance of saving for retirement. It’s really easy. Just set up an automatic withdrawal from each month’s paycheck and direct it into a retirement account. What becomes trickier is the amount we should be saving and how we should best invest it. But what happens as we enter retirement? We’ve […]

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Feb
19

All Trumped Up

posted on February 19th 2017 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

A recurring theme you’ve heard from us is that stocks take their longer-term cues from what’s happening to corporate profits and expectations of corporate profits, how the economy is expected to perform (which supports profits), and what’s happening to interest rates. But shorter term, any number of events or issues can creep on to the […]

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Jan
18

A Look Back at 2016 and What Might Be Ahead

posted on January 18th 2017 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

2016 has come and gone. It started out in a very rocky fashion, with comparisons to 2008 that were too numerous to count. Let’s be clear. As we’ve emphasized in past summaries, markets don’t always trade in a quiet and orderly fashion. But, just because we run into turbulence doesn’t mean it’s time to retreat […]

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Dec
12

10 Smart Year-End Planning Moves to Consider

posted on December 12th 2016 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

The end of the year is fast approaching and now is the perfect time to review items you might want to consider as you get set to enter 2017. Many of the IRS publications referenced below reference tax year 2015. Changes are not anticipated when 2016 guides are published. Before we get started, let’s stress […]

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Nov
09

Dewey Beats Truman!

posted on November 9th 2016 in Jackson CFP Team Posts & Market Commentary with 0 Comments

Post by Christopher Van Slyke  In the biggest election upset since 1948, Donald Trump has won the presidency.  You are advised to prepare for a possible wild ride in the investment markets. It is helpful to remember that these potential market gyrations are almost always bad times to trade, and particularly to sell.  We have months […]

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Nov
07

The Final Countdown

posted on November 7th 2016 in Market Commentary with 0 Comments

We always caution against watching stocks on a daily basis, because it’s too easy to get caught up in the daily volatility that inevitably will occur. If we go back to last summer’s late August swoon, it might have been tempting to bail when shares were near their bottom and financial reports bordered on hysteria. […]

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