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Monday, October 19, 2020

The Markets Stocks were mixed on the final day of a volatile week. Encouraging reports on retail sales and consumer confidence lifted the major indices. The NASDAQ posted its fourth weekly gain. The S&P and Dow snapped three-day losing...

Monday, October 12, 2020

The Markets U.S. stocks rose Friday amid renewed optimism over another stimulus package because of talks between House Democrats and the Trump administration. The S&P and NASDAQ had their best week since early July; the Dow had its...

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Markets On Friday, the markets reacted negatively to the news that President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, adding more uncertainty to the upcoming election. The major indices recovered some of the day’s losses...

Monday, September 28, 2020

The Markets It was a choppy week on Wall Street as investors weighed rising coronavirus cases, the upcoming presidential election, and uncertainty over another stimulus bill. Although stocks closed on a high note on Friday, the Dow and...

Friday, September 25, 2020

How much do elections impact the stock market and portfolio returns? Should elections even matter to long-term investors in the first place? These are the questions investors and financial professionals are facing as we approach...

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Why You Need a Financial Planner

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Markets The major stock indices fell Friday, contributing to their third straight weekly loss. Investors demonstrated concern over uncertainty about an additional round of stimulus legislation, new tensions with China, and steep...

Monday, September 14, 2020

THE MARKETS Stocks ended Friday’s volatile session mixed; the NASDAQ ended lower while the S&P and Dow Jones rose. The three major indices all posted steep losses for the week. The NASDAQ experienced its worst weekly decline...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Markets Despite August’s positive jobs report, stocks fell Friday, and the three major indices saw steep declines for the week. The S&P experienced its worst day in nearly three months. For the week, the Dow fell 1.73 percent...

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Markets Stocks rose Friday. The Dow erased its losses for the year, and the NASDAQ and the S&P reached new record closes. July’s U.S. consumer spending encouraged investors, along with the Federal Reserve’s announced...

Monday, August 24, 2020

The Markets Stocks rose Friday, and the NASDAQ and the S&P achieved record closing highs as several pieces of positive news encouraged investors. New reports showed better than expected corporate earnings reports, a surge in home sales...

Monday, August 17, 2020

The Markets Stocks ended mostly flat on Friday, with the S&P still failing to achieve a record high. The market appeared to be treading water as investors reacted to modestly improving retail sales and stalled stimulus talks as the...

Monday, August 10, 2020

The Markets Stocks were mixed Friday, thanks to a slightly better-than-expected July jobs report and gridlock between Democratic leaders and the White House over the next stimulus package. In other news, the Trump administration placed...

Monday, August 3, 2020

The Markets Stocks closed Friday’s session and the month of July higher after trading lower earlier in the day. Uncertainty over the next stimulus package and falling consumer sentiment weighed on investors while strong quarterly...

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Potential Pandemic Positives A crisis can leave us better or worse. As most of us long for things to return to the way they were before COVID-19, observers from various fields believe our lives may actually improve in some areas after...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Markets Stocks fell Friday, ending a volatile week of trading and marking the first weekly decline in four weeks. Negative factors included rising concerns of another tech bubble, escalated China-U.S. tensions, worse-than-expected...

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Markets Stocks were mixed Friday. Despite surging coronavirus cases, investors appeared relatively optimistic about potential vaccines for COVID-19 and a post-pandemic economic recovery. For the week, the Dow rose 2.32 percent to...

Monday, July 13, 2020

The Markets Stocks rose Friday, and the NASDAQ reached a record high as investors weighed positive and negative headlines. U.S. coronavirus cases broke a record for a single day increase on Thursday while Gilead Sciences reported...

Friday, July 10, 2020

Greetings from 2030: Growth investing for the next decade Companies, Anne-Marie Peterson observed early in her investing career, go through life cycle changes just like people do. Where individuals can experience childhood, college,...

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Markets Stocks rose Thursday following an unexpectedly positive June jobs report. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 4.8 million from May’s 2.7 million, achieving the largest single-month increase in history. Encouraging news about...

Thursday, July 2, 2020

U.S. Midyear Outlook: From recession to recovery The decade-long economic expansion did not end with a whimper. The coronavirus brought it to a screeching halt. U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) fell 5% in the first quarter, and a...

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Markets Stocks dropped sharply Friday as several states reversed some reopening plans after coronavirus cases rose. Bank stocks fell after the Federal Reserve limited dividend payments and barred share repurchases for the third...

Monday, June 22, 2020

The Markets Stocks were up and down Friday as investors digested news of virus resurgences in pockets around the globe. At the close, the NASDAQ was up slightly, while the Dow and S&P were down. All three major indexes made gains for...

Monday, June 15, 2020

The Markets It was a choppy week on Wall Street amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections as states reopen and crowded protests continue. Stocks saw their worst sell-off since March on Thursday after Fed Chair Jerome Powell...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Fed sees interest rates staying near zero through 2022, GDP bouncing to 5% next year The Federal Reserve kept interest rates near zero and indicated that’s where they’ll stay as the economy recovers from the coronavirus...

Monday, June 8, 2020

The Markets Stocks rose sharply Friday after the Labor Department reported the U.S. economy added 2.5 million jobs in May and unemployment dropped to 13.3 percent – compared to an expected surge to 19.8 percent. Airline stocks...

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Markets Stocks ended mostly higher on Friday after the White House said it would end special treatment of Hong Kong in light of China’s recent security crackdowns but did not indicate it would pull out of the Phase 1 trade...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Markets Stocks were mixed Friday as investors weighed rising trade tensions between China and the U.S. and uncertainty about the pace of an economic recovery from the coronavirus. Frictions rose after China announced new security...

Monday, May 18, 2020

The Markets The market was volatile on Friday as investors digested a record drop in retail sales and increased trade tensions with China as the Trump administration imposed new restrictions on Chinese telecom giant Huawei. Stocks...

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

When you are working on your weekly budgets, groceries can easily run a close second when it comes to big expenses. Especially, when you are shopping for a family. I want to talk to you about some simple ways you can save big when...

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Markets Stocks rose Friday despite the worst jobs report on record; the Labor Department reported the nation lost 20.5 million jobs in April. However, investors were encouraged by plans to begin reopening the country and a...

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

A lot of people start off their mornings at their favorite coffee spots. However, over time this can add up quick. Let’s do the math, $4 a day on one latte comes out to $20 a week, and that is over $80 a month, and a total of $1...

Monday, May 4, 2020

The Markets Even though the drug remdesivir received emergency use authorization for treating hospitalized coronavirus patients, stocks fell on the first day of May amid disappointing earnings reports and growing tensions between China...

Monday, April 27, 2020

The Markets It was a choppy week on Wall Street as investors digested the ongoing oil crisis, manufacturing stress, staggering jobless claims, a new economic aid package and slowing coronavirus hospitalizations in New York and New...

Friday, April 24, 2020

The COVID 19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown have exposed a number of weaknesses in some before-now solid financial situations. The headline on April 21, 2020 on Bloomburg.com reads: Richard Branson Doesn't Have a Drop to Drink...

Monday, April 20, 2020

The Markets Despite massive unemployment reports, stocks rose sharply Friday amid discussions on reopening parts of the economy and hopes surrounding an experimental drug to treat COVID-19. Stocks were also up for the second week in a...

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

How CARES Act Affects Individuals President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law March 27. In addition to hundreds of billions of dollars in funding to businesses, healthcare and state and...

Monday, April 13, 2020

The Markets Stocks closed higher on the final trading day before the holiday weekend. Investors appeared to dismiss jobless numbers and focus on the Federal Reserve’s announcement of new measures to provide $2.3 trillion in...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Expect the Unexpected Do you have some financial responsibilities that would continue if you died? Well, life insurance can take care of that. Will you need a stream of income in the event you get hurt badly enough that you can’t...

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Markets Stocks slid on the final day of another volatile week, amid dismal unemployment and a spike in coronavirus-related deaths in New York. Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, reported over 100,000 cases and 2,900 deaths. For...

Friday, April 3, 2020

Preparing for the next recession: 9 things you need to know When is the next recession? That's one of the questions we hear most often, especially now that the coronavirus outbreak has caused unprecedented disruptions, sparking the...

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Markets Following three days of big gains, stocks slid across the board Friday amid news of a sharp spike in confirmed coronavirus cases. Johns Hopkins University reported the U.S. had 85,000 confirmed cases – the highest...

Friday, March 27, 2020

Problems With Panicking If you’ve ventured out to a grocery store lately, you’ve undoubtedly seen empty shelves and bins. There’s only one reason to explain this in a nation that is the world’s largest food...

Thursday, March 26, 2020

I’m Still Standing In 1983 Elton John released a song titled I’m Still Standing. With all of what is going on with the stocks markets these days, remember that song’s title is a valuable lesson. Virtually every year...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I am a big fan of Time-Segmenting your investments, and that is especially true when the stock market is behaving like it has the last few weeks. Time Segmentation of Investments is a fancy way of saying Buckets of Money. It means...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

As our company responds to COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees and customers remains our top priority. Our office will remain open as we are an essential business. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force drastic social...

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Markets Despite the administration’s relief measures, stocks plunged to a three-year low Friday. Contributing factors included New York State’s stay-at-home order and a reversal in crude prices. The three major indexes...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Coronavirus Contraction Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc. William R. Pintaric & Associates and Securities America are...

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Markets Stocks enjoyed their best day since 2008 and gained back a chunk of Thursday’s steep losses after President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus. Although the indexes spiked over 9 percent on...

Friday, March 13, 2020

Capital CEO Tim Armour on weathering the coronavirus Rising fears over the continued spread of the coronavirus have led to a sharp stock market decline as investors grapple with its impact on the global economy. On Monday, March 9, in...

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Correction or bear? 6 charts that explain market declines The market turmoil that began in early 2018 intensified later in the year, as the S&P 500 Composite Index declined nearly 20% between its September peak and late December. This...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Financial Planning Makes Things Better In another discussion I talked about budgeting and how following a monthly budget allows you the freedom to enjoy the money you can spend “foolishly” with no guilt. The truth is,...

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Markets The U.S. added 273,000 jobs in February, and the unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent. But despite the strong employment news, stocks fell Friday as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases topped 100,000. Still, at...

Friday, March 6, 2020

Coronavirus: Our economists weigh in on the U.S., China and Europe The spread of the coronavirus outside of China to a broader swath of countries in Asia and Europe is fueling a broad re-examination of 2020 global economic growth...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Why You Need a Financial Planner Let’s face it, we all have our strong points, our talents. Some people are good at certain things, others are good at others. Just because someone is good at one thing and another person...

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Markets Stocks plunged Friday and closed the worst week since the financial crisis amid growing concerns about the impact of the coronavirus. The World Health Organization issued a warning that global level risks were growing as...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

What does a Financial Planner do? A Financial Planner helps you put your financial life in order. He or she does this in the following ways: by helping you organize things, identify financial goals, determine if those goals are...

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Markets The three major indexes dropped on Friday and also ended the week lower. Concern over the economic impact of the coronavirus and data indicating U.S. business activity slowed last month led investors to move to safe haven...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Markets At Friday’s close, stocks were mixed. A rising number of coronavirus cases weighed on investors; a report the White House is considering tax incentives to encourage stock purchases encouraged them. Stocks still posted...

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Markets Despite January’s stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs report, stocks fell Friday amid concern over the impact the coronavirus will have on China’s economy. However, stocks still notched strong weekly gains. For the...