Year End Financial Planning Tips

The end of the year is a great time to review your finances.  Whether you’re still working or retired, there are changes you can make to ensure that you’re not leaving any money on the table.  These changes can help reduce your 2018 taxes and set up for a more […]


December Investment Comments

Despite October’s market drama, anxiety over the recent election, and hand-wringing over the durability of the economic expansion, the stock market seems to be on sound footing.  Economic growth appears solid and valuations are reasonable thanks to the impact of lower corporate tax rates. Third quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) […]


Getting Your Financial House in Order

No one likes to think about their demise.  However, like Ben Franklin’s ubiquitous saying goes, nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes.  This Viewpoint is a practical warning about steps you need to take, or need to have your elderly parents take if you are fortunate to […]


November Investment Comments

November’s midterm elections are likely to result in a divided congress.  Forecasting website FiveThirtyEight.com currently predicts an 85% chance that Democrats win control of the House but only a 19% chance the Senate swings blue as well.  A surprise sweep by one party could cause further asset price volatility as […]


Free Credit Freezes Available Soon

The massive Equifax data breach occurred approximately one year ago, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers, birthdates, names, addresses, and in some cases driver’s license numbers.  The number of individuals involved was staggering, nearly 147 million.  Shortly following the breach, Scott wrote a Viewpoint outlining potential countermeasures for […]


October Investment Comments

Against a backdrop of tariffs, Federal Reserve interest rate increases, and emerging market struggles, the S&P 500 steadily advanced to a new all-time record in late August.  This has now become the longest bull market in history, measuring 9½ years from the low of March 9, 2009. Common sense would […]


Donor-Advised Funds

Although we consider ourselves money managers, not experts on taxes or charitable giving, we think our clients should be aware of a potential tool for optimizing tax and gifting strategies. Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) are charities whose purpose is to help donors give money to other charities.  They have existed for […]


September Investment Comments

U.S. economic indicators appear quite strong and supported an impressive 4.1% annualized growth rate in second quarter Gross Domestic Product.  Underlying growth would have been 5.1% excluding inventory de-stocking; ups and downs in inventories typically correct themselves the following quarter. Retail sales growth also remains solid, up 6.4% from last […]


August Investment Comments

Through mid-July, the S&P 500 is up nearly 5%, a respectable start following 2017’s strong performance.  The move higher has come despite what appears to be slowing, but still solid, global growth and concerns surrounding trade.  President Trump recently proposed tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods after Beijing responded […]