What Earnings Season Means for Investors

What Earnings Season Means for Investors

You may have heard the phrase "Earnings Season" before and may not have known what or when this event occurs. Earnings Season refers to the time of the quarter when publicly traded companies release their financial statements and performance reports. The term...

Understanding the Pros and Cons of Short Selling

Understanding the Pros and Cons of Short Selling

By now, you've probably heard the story about the historic “short squeeze” of GameStop’s stock. While many successful investors profit when stocks rise in value, some investors bet on the opposite—profiting from a stock's decline in value. Short Selling is an...

Stock Market Commentary October 2021

Stock Market Commentary October 2021

How to Analyze Today's Stock Market Report   Many factors are at play as we look to analyze today's stock market report. In September, the tech-heavy Nasdaq index dropped 5.3%, and the S&P 500 fell 4.8%, which was their most significant monthly drop since...

How Much Longer Will Social Security Last?

How Much Longer Will Social Security Last?

The future financial status of the Social Security program is a popular topic of debate. Each year, the Trustees of the Social Security trust report on the programs’ current and projected financial status. The annual report has many questioning, will Social Security last? 

Why You Need to Know How to Calculate Net Worth

Why You Need to Know How to Calculate Net Worth

Net Worth is often an important topic among investors and businesses. This calculation is used to determine the value of the individual or company and is used to monitor financial progress. First, net worth looks at the overall financial picture. This is calculated by...

Stock Market Commentary September 2021

Stock Market Commentary September 2021

Today’s Market News: What You Need to Know Many factors are at play as we look to today’s market news. In August, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.2% (Source:  https://www.cnbc.com/2021/new08/30/stock-market-futures-open-to-close-news.html), and our...

What Biden’s Tax Plan Could Mean For Your Money

What Biden’s Tax Plan Could Mean For Your Money

President Biden’s election campaign focused heavily on the potential for tax reform. President Biden promised that income taxes should not increase for the lower or middle class throughout the campaign. Although the government has failed to pass any official tax...

How are Dividends Taxed in 2021

How are Dividends Taxed in 2021

Dividend investing is a common practice among stock market investors, especially those with lower risk tolerance. However, to truly understand dividends, it is essential to consider the variables. As part of our Personal Financial Planning 101 series, this article...

What is Cryptocurrency and How Does it Work?

What is Cryptocurrency and How Does it Work?

Cryptocurrencies have been a hot topic over the past few years, but the excitement seems to have exploded in 2021. Bitcoin, Ethereum & Dogecoin are just a few of the hottest names in this new and potentially revolutionary industry. Everyone these days seems to be...

Stock Market Commentary July 2021

Stock Market Commentary July 2021

Today’s Market Report: What You Need to Know Many factors are at play as we look to today's market report. In June, the Dow Jones and many Energy stocks were negative, while Technology stocks and the S&P 500 were positive.  Overall, it was a mixed month for the...

A Guide to Understanding Capital Gains Tax

A Guide to Understanding Capital Gains Tax

Capital gains taxes are all over the news in recent days, but not all capital gains are taxed equally. To better understand capital gains tax, it is essential to consider the variables. If you have been following our recent blog postings, you may have noticed we have...

What Exactly is a Meme Stock?

What Exactly is a Meme Stock?

The recent news regarding GameStop, AMC, Blackberry, etc., has many individuals wondering, “What is a Meme Stock?” This is a question that has led to various debates by investors of all experience levels. Today we cover the primary details regarding the recent Meme...

Stock Market Commentary June 2021

Stock Market Commentary June 2021

How to analyze today’s market Many factors are at play as we look to analyze today’s market. The major indexes were positive in May, but technology and other growth stocks continued to underperform.  The technology-heavy Nasdaq lost 1.53% in May, while the S&P 500...

Consumer Prices Rise: US Inflation Explained

Consumer Prices Rise: US Inflation Explained

The US inflation rate is a popular conversation these days as we have seen a gallon of gas rise from sub $2 levels to above $3 in some areas of the state. Lumber prices have also been a hot topic as COVID-19 caused a delay in some home projects due to lumber prices...

Lump Sum vs Pension: Planning Life After Retirement 

Lump Sum vs Pension: Planning Life After Retirement 

Pensions are a luxury that very few pre-retirees are still being offered today. Most employers are shifting away from pensions because these retirement benefits create a significant strain on the company’s cash flow. However, if you have a lump sum vs. pension...

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