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Tariffs, Trade Wars, and Your Investments

Since President Trump announced his intention to impose tariffs on all countries the stock market has been reacting-based on investor concerns in reaction to the media.   All indications at the time of this writing are that the tariffs would be applied to all countries, although that remains unknown. This development

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Fiduciary Financial Advice

One thing that has plagued the financial services industry is ‘trust’ of the industry.  Unfortunately, there are many reasons that some people have developed a distrust of financial companies and the individuals that work for them.  It may be due to the media, entertainment (movies), or a personal situation that

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The New Senior Safe Act: S$A Provides Immunity for Reporting

On May 24th, 2018 President Trump signed The New Senior Safe Act into federal law, encouraging financial professionals to report senior financial abuse. Since financial advisors and bank employees are usually the first to witness clients making money withdraws that are not common, the law rewrites protocol and protection for

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Understanding Credit Utilization and Credit Scoring

Credit scores are used in our country as a method to determine an individual’s financial responsibility. The three-digit credit score means more than just the possibility of fiscal responsibility to the lender. They are part of a formula called credit utilization. Understanding how your ‘number’ fluctuates regardless of making payments

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The Best Strategy for Preserving Wealth

How did you learn to manage money and understand the value of investing? Did your parents relay to you what they knew about money or did you read books on budgeting and investing in figuring it out yourself? The reality is that many of us did learn through trial and

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The Second Half of Life – Discovering Your Passion

At some point along your life’s journey, you might find yourself at a crossroads looking back thinking, “Is this it?  Is this all there is to life?” while considering the path ahead of you. It can happen at any time- you’ve spent your life building something that has taken all

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Positive Impacts of the Financial Crisis

The financial services industry is still recovering from the effects of the financial crisis.  Positive impacts from the crisis include new regulations and clients taking an increasingly active role in their economic destiny.  Reinforcing this is that all participants—financial advisors, clients, and regulators—are all welcoming the greater transparency and convenience

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Questions Every Investor Should Ask Their Adviser

Many investors evaluate not only their portfolio performance but also their relationship with their financial advisor from time to time. Many times people base their evaluation of their advisor on their portfolio performance, but there are other components to consider. Asking these questions can help you determine if you and

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