Supporting Our Community with Gradient Gives Back

We appreciate your trust in Summit Financial! To show our appreciation, we’re proud to announce our partnership with the Gradient Gives Back Foundation. Gradient Gives Back provides critical support to local families facing financial hardship by assisting with mortgage payments. This assistance helps families who may otherwise face homelessness.

  •  If you know someone who has fallen upon hard times, they may be eligible for help paying their mortgage for 6-12 months. Please direct them to the application here: Application Link
  • Want to join us in making a difference in our community? Any donation you make to Gradient Gives Back goes 100% to families in need and is tax-deductible. Donate here: Donation Link

Trusted Contact Form

If you have not met with us recently for a review meeting, we strongly encourage you to request a Trusted Contact form. If you were incapacitated, it gives us permission to speak freely with anyone you name, such as spouses or children, about your finances. Please let us know if you’d like us to send you the form.  

Home and Auto Insurance – Quoting Update

Our team at Summit Insurance Services LLC, along with our business partners, have recently partnered with a large number of insurance carriers. If you are dissatisfied with your current home or auto insurance policy, whether it’s time for renewal or not, contact our office to learn how our team can potentially assist you in finding the right coverage with the right carrier at the right price. Call us today at (586) 226-2100.

Increase in Charles Schwab Paperwork

If you recently started receiving a larger amount of paperwork in the mail from Schwab, it is most likely because you haven’t logged into their website in a long time (if ever). If you have not created a login yet, please go to and click on New User. Once logged in, click on Profile and then Paperless to update your settings. They will continue sending paper confirmations until you create a User ID to verify your account information and email are accurate. Any questions, call Schwab @ (800) 515-2157. 


Market Downturn in April

We mentioned in the past two monthly commentaries that the stock market was overvalued, in our opinion, and overdue for a drop. The drop finally arrived in April. The main catalyst was a fresh inflation report showing inflation increased for the second month.

We believe that the most recent drop may be short-lived because, longer term, four pieces of evidence are currently making us optimistic. There is a chance that the next six months until the election have the potential to be good for stocks overall despite some potential short-term bumps in the road. 


Hope for Future Stability

  • First, in our opinion, every President who is running for election wants to get re-elected, so they make moves that potentially “window dress” the economy and stock market before the election. Please check out the chart in this article for a refresher.
  • Second, in late April of 2023, one of our most important longer-term indicators shifted from negative to positive. It had been negative since the first quarter of 2022, when we saw the bulk of our previous market volatility, and then it flipped positive to participate in the recovery during 2023 (Source: It remains positive at this time, so we remain optimistic about future performance.
  • Third, our short-term and intermediate-term indicators are still positive, so four out of four preferred indicators are currently positive.
  • Lastly, while past performance cannot predict future performance, the 200-day moving average of the S&P 500 has turned and has been heading up rather than down. This is a longer-term trendline, and in the past, it has had some success identifying a change in trend. 


Potential Challenges Ahead

We had a different indicator last year (Source: inverted yield curve) declare that there is a chance we’ll have a recession within the next year. We’re hoping that the Federal Reserve will reduce interest rates in 2024, which could potentially provide some stability moving forward. 


Speak With a Trusted Advisor

We’d love to have a review meeting with you to discuss investments, retirement income planning, college planning for kids or grandkids, tax preparation, health insurance, including Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans, and a variety of other financial planning topics. Please get in touch with our office at (586) 226-2100 to schedule a meeting!  

If you’ve had any changes to your income, job status, marriage status, a new birth in the family, 401K options, address, risk tolerance, or any other financial changes, please get in touch with us right away. 


Kenneth Wink

with contributions from Robert Wink, James Wink, Zachary Bachner, and James Baldwin

Ken Wink is the Co-Founder and Chief Compliance Officer of Summit Financial Consulting, LLC. With over two decades of experience in the financial services industry, he is deeply knowledgeable and passionate about explaining complex financial concepts in understandable terms. Ken writes articles geared towards conveying financial topics in clear, straightforward language, making them accessible to everyday people.


Notes & Disclaimer: Stock market indices, like the S&P 500 Index, are unmanaged groups of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general or subsets of the market, and their performance is not reflective of the performance of any specific investment. Investments cannot be made directly into an index. Historical returns data are calculated using data provided by sources deemed to be reliable, but no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, is made as to their accuracy, completeness, or correctness. This information is provided “AS IS” without any warranty of any kind. All historical returns data should be considered hypothetical. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

This communication is only intended for recipients who reside in states where our agents are licensed to sell these products. Investment advisory services are offered through Summit Financial Consulting, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor. Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. Summit Financial Consulting Investment Advisor Representatives do not render tax, legal, or accounting advice. Insurance products and services are offered through Summit Financial Consulting, LLC. Note: Please update Summit Financial Consulting, LLC, if your investment objectives have changed or if the personal or financial information previously provided has changed. The investment advisory disclosure document that describes Summit Financial Consulting investment advisory services account is provided to you annually. Please consult Summit Financial Consulting for a copy of this document should you need an additional copy. All guarantees are subject to the claims paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Past performance cannot predict future performance. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. The Sherman Group, LLC is not associated with Summit Financial Consulting, LLC in any way, other than a research sharing partnership. Back testing is more heavily scrutinized than any other type of investment analysis because it can be updated to take advantage of past data. The algorithms and trading signals that we receive from the Sherman Group, LLC were created using back testing with the goal of creating a sustainable research process. We have reviewed data from the entire 20 year period which was mostly back tested, and have also personally reviewed the live data for the past 5 years and feel comfortable with it, but we encourage you to meet with us and ask questions so you are fully informed on what we plan to do with your investment assets at Charles Schwab. It is important to look at fees, taxable repercussions, and trading frequency when looking at a rate of return number. There is no perfect system or research feed, and Sherman Group, LLC has had both longer term and short-term periods where they lost money. Investing involves risk, and these portfolios are no exception.