The Value of Optimism

Anyone approaching the end of their working years can likely list more than a few occurrences in which they’ve experienced a stressful moment or handled a hectic ordeal. Although retiring may end the need to put out fires in the workplace, stress built up over…

Longer Lifespans Translating to Change of Scenery

Men may now be living longer than ever, but, from a location standpoint, retirees are doing anything but staying put. Women still live longer than men, but the gap has narrowed, as the lifespan of males has increased consistently over the past few decades. This…

Jobs, Wages, GDP Potential Areas of Growth in 2016

By many measures, the country’s economy is continuing on its upward trend. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 242,000 new jobs in February 2016, with the unemployment rate unchanged at 4.9 percent. Industries with the highest number of jobs gains were health care and…

The 1%, the Lower 50% and the 49% In Between

Five years ago, 388 people were as wealthy as half the people in the world combined. While that’s a lot of money divided among a small number of people, it’s nothing compared to where that number stands today. Currently, the world’s 62 richest people hold…

How to Cope With Market Volatility

The investment markets had a rocky start in 2016, and many analysts believe market volatility may continue to be a theme throughout the year. Market volatility is a tough factor to deal with. It inherently makes us want to react, to change, to make things…

Weather Far from a Perfect Storm for U.S. Economy

 A sunny day can make you feel good, and a cold, dreary one can put you in a funk. As it turns out, these emotions are reflected in consumers’ financial decisions as well. Some studies have even concluded that bad weather can have a depressive…

Filling in Bubbles Won’t Always Lead to a Fulfilling Retirement

Yes, there are essential questions you need to ask yourself before you retire. But taking an online quiz with stock questions and answers may not be the best way to help you make this important decision. Therefore, instead of calculating your score and placing you…

2016: Analyst Forecasts & Perspectives

Despite volatility in the markets during the first month of 2016, investment managers share a good bit of optimism for the year as a whole, particularly where the U.S. is concerned. Unemployment continues its downward path, and we believe that the Federal Reserve’s long-awaited interest…