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When to Pivot?

September 18, 2018

The first half of 2018 went well in terms of market performance and economic growth. In fact, the second longest-running bull market in U.S. stock market history managed to weather a few bumps and bruises to climb even higher. That’s the good news. 1 The bad news are the expected near-term headwinds that could change the…

Trade Wars

September 4, 2018

There’s a never-ending stream of political news these days, but the stock market has remained relatively resilient. The market successfully weathered potential distractions that may have been detrimental in previous years, but that calm may end as as there have been ongoing discussions about tariffs with global trade partners.1 In the past, the presidential power…

Wealth and the Trump Effect

August 21, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was meant to kickstart the economy with growth not seen in a decade. Six months in, the results are a bit lackluster. Business investment has increased only slightly throughout the last year (excluding oil and gas, which are highly volatile).1 This begs the question — how much impact do…

Economic Effects of U.S. Putting ‘America First’

July 10, 2018

At the start of this century, the internet enhanced global communication, and the world transitioned into one massive economy. But this new landscape came at a cost, and after years of hardships, including terrorist threats, domestic recession, income gaps and divisive politics, the country is now turning its focus inward on “America First” economics.1 The…

Patience Is Your Biggest Investment Asset

January 9, 2018

An Excerpt from the Article: Patience is a virtue, but it can be difficult for investors to master. Focusing on short-term results may impede progress toward long-term investing objectives, limiting the potential of your portfolio. Over time, what you invest in may prove less important than your ability to ride out movements in the market. A…

Create Your Own Portfolio Benchmark

September 29, 2017

An Excerpt from the Article: Much of the heavy lifting of investing centers on choosing the right assets for your portfolio. How those investments perform can influence your short-term decision-making and long-term outcomes. Choosing a benchmark to measure your portfolio’s performance against is standard practice for many investors. For example, the Standard and Poor’s 500 index…

The Mental Mistake Hurting Millennial Investors

July 28, 2017

An Excerpt from the Article: A decade after the economic collapse, a new generation of investors are still feeling its impact. Despite having been mainly on the sidelines during the peak of the financial crisis, 82 percent of millennials say their investment decisions are influenced by it, according to a recent Legg Mason survey. An even larger…

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