Critical Estate Documents

Financial Documents Joint Ownership Durable Power of Attorney Living Trust What does it do? Enables you to own property jointly with another person Authorizes someone to handle legal and financial decisions if you become incapacitated…

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9 Facts About Social Security

Tip: How Much? Check your Social Security earnings and see an estimate of your benefits on the Web site, www.ssa.gov. Social Security’s been a fact of retirement life ever since it was established in 1935. We…

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9 Facts About Retirement

Tip: Nearly 80% of workers expect to work for pay in retirement, but only 29% of retirees actually have done so. Source: 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey, EBRI Retirement can have many meanings. For some, it will…

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What Is An Annuity?

Tip: Still Selling Strong. In 2017, investors purchased $192.1 billion in annuity contracts. Most of this capital—$108 billion—went into fixed annuities. Source: LIMRA, 2018 Individuals hold about $2.2 trillion in annuity contracts; a tidy sum considering an estimated…

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Examining Earnings & Yields

Stocks posted moderate gains last week, as the S&P 500 added 0.52%, the Dow increased 0.42%, and the NASDAQ rose 0.56%.[1] International stocks in the MSCI EAFE followed suit, gaining 0.41%.[2] We received numerous new data…

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Earnings Season Begins

Market volatility continues. Stocks slid on Friday, April 13, but still held on to gains for the week.[1] The S&P 500 increased 1.99%, the Dow added 1.79%, and the NASDAQ was up 2.77%.[2] International stocks in the…

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Special Update: Quarterly Report

Domestic stocks lost ground last week as trade war concerns continued to rattle investors. With these declines, the Dow officially moved back into correction territory.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 lost 1.43%, the Dow dipped…

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Markets Increase

Markets were closed on March 30 for Good Friday, but in the four days of trading, stocks recovered some of this year’s losses.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 added 2.09%, the Dow gained 2.67%, and…

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Stocks Drop As Tariffs Rise

Markets experienced significant declines last week. The S&P 500 lost 5.95%, the Dow dropped 5.66%, and the NASDAQ declined 6.54%.[1] With these losses, all 3 domestic indexes had their worst weekly performance in more than 2…

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A Look Back

Markets were up on Friday, but domestic stocks lost ground for the week as political turmoil and potential trade wars weighed on investors’ minds.[1] The S&P 500 dropped 1.24%, the Dow gave back 1.54%, and the…

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