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The Fed Changes the ‘FAIT’ of Economic Recovery 

March 8, 2022

In the summer of 2020, the Federal Reserve announced its new approach to monetary policy on inflation. The Fed previously used a 2% inflation target. If inflation rates fluctuated above or below 2%, it would contemplate a change in the federal funds rate (FFR) to either restrict or enhance money flow in the economy.1 The…

Millennials Step Up

March 1, 2022

In 2019, the millennial generation (born from 1981 to 1996) surpassed the number of baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) in the United States. Today, one in four people is a millennial.1 Many millennials came of age at the turn of the millennium, which means they were aware of the fallout from the 9/11…

Financial Perspective: Marry, Cohabitate or Stay Single?

February 22, 2022

People have many different reasons for getting married or not getting married. But for some committed couples, it can come down to a few basic points. One of those is finances. If they hold very different opinions or have contradictory habits when it comes to spending money, finances can become a deal breaker — much…

Market and Economic Outlook

February 16, 2022

The last month of 2021 was filled with lots of new information — the new omicron variant of the coronavirus first hit U.S. shores, along with cautions that its level of vaccine resistance is best mitigated by a booster shot.1 That’s good news for the fully vaccinated. The unvaccinated, unfortunately, are months away from that level…

The Taxing Landscape of the IRS

February 8, 2022

t seems that millions of taxpayers still have not received their tax refunds from 2020 and even 2019.1 A major reason is due to the defunding of the IRS. Between 2010 and 2019, the department’s funding was cut by 20% in inflation-adjusted dollars, which has led to a 22% reduction of staff.2 Not only has this…

Implications of Omicron

February 1, 2022

The U.S. is in the emergent stages of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. However, we now have some experience in what this could mean moving forward, both for the health and economic impact of the U.S. and our global neighbors. To continue fighting COVID-19 without shutting down schools and businesses, the Biden Administration recently…

American Conglomerates: Past, Present and Future

January 25, 2022

Conglomerates are parent companies that own a number of large subsidiaries. They became popular back in the 1960s with corporations like ITT, LTV and GE, to name a few. In recent years, behemoth American conglomerates have spun off, sold off and pared down.1 However, there are ways to invest in a single “parent company” for…

What’s Up With Inflation

January 19, 2022

Inflation was already on the rise before we learned about the omicron variant. Now on top of supply-chain shortages and transportation disruptions, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently observed that a resurgence of COVID-19 cases could reduce the consumer-driven boom we’ve enjoyed for the past few months. Concerns about safety could result in more workers…

Outlook For Equities

January 11, 2022

The general outlook for equities is positive toward the end of the year and into 2022. Stocks performed relatively well through the autumn earnings season and, as a general rule, the fourth quarter tends to be the best one for stock performance. While the coronavirus, labor shortages, supply chain issues and rising prices have presented…

The Investment Greats

January 4, 2022

Not surprisingly, some of the most notable investors in America founded well-known investment companies. For example, John Templeton, whom in 1999 “Money” magazine called “arguably the greatest global stock picker of the century” founded Templeton Funds, best known for its international fund lineup. Thomas Rowe Price Jr., also referred to as “the father of growth…

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