Six Financial Best Practices for 2019

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So, are you ready to get a jump on 2019? Around this time last year, we shared a list of Seven Financial Best Practices to Jump-Start Your New Year. Our reach-out went so well, we thought we’d make it an annual tradition. Here are six more financial best practices for the year ahead. Pick a few of them or take on the entire list. Either way, you’ll be that much further ahead by the time 2020 ...

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Should You Diversify?

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As 2019 approaches, and with US stocks outperforming non-US stocks in recent years, some investors have again turned their attention towards the role that global diversification plays in their portfolios. 

For the five-year period ending October 31, 2018, the S&P 500 Index had an annualized return of 11.34% while the MSCI World ex USA Index returned 1.86%, and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index returned 0.78%. As US stocks have outperformed international and emerging markets stocks over the last ...

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Market Volatility

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After a period of relative calm in the markets, in recent days the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors.

From September 30th to November 20th, the US market (as measured by the Dow Jones Total US Stock Market Index) fell -10%, resulting in many investors wondering what the future holds and if they should make changes to their portfolios. While it may be difficult to remain calm during a ...

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Midterm Elections: What Do They Mean for Markets?

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It’s almost Election Day in the U.S. once again. For those who need a brief civics refresher, every two years the full US House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate are up for reelection. 

While the outcomes of the elections are uncertain, one thing we can count on is that plenty of opinions and prognostications will be floated in the days to come. In financial circles, this will almost assuredly include any potential for perceived impact on ...

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Protecting Your Child from Identity Theft

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In September 2017, about a year ago, a massive Equifax security breach became public knowledge. If there was a silver lining to this infamous event, it likely spurred more consumers to take more measures to protect their identities. Perhaps you’ve placed a fraud alert or frozen your lines of credit, or you’re at least checking your credit reports more regularly these days.

All well and good. But what about your kids? As distasteful as the idea may ...

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