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Can Longevity Truly be Predicted?

By Chad Centorbi | June 13, 2017 |

Every morning, Emma Morano ate a raw egg and biscuits. When she died at age 117 in April of this year, she was the oldest person in the world. She lived in Verbania, a picturesque town situated on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.1 Violet Brown, who was born in 1900 and lives in Jamaica, now…

The Power of Going Green

By Chad Centorbi | June 6, 2017 |

Here’s a new twist to the renewable energy and save the planet story: The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham, Kentucky, has recently switched from coal to solar power to help save on operational costs.1 It just goes to show you that the power struggle over power may be better energized by not making it…

The Fiduciary Standard: What It Means

By Chad Centorbi | May 16, 2017 |

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor published the final regulation of what is known as the “Fiduciary Rule,” delaying implementation for 60 days from its scheduled start date. The newly expanded definition of fiduciary investment advice is scheduled to go into effect June 9, 2017.1 The rule holds certain financial professionals to a fiduciary standard…

Prospects for Growth in 2017

By Chad Centorbi | May 9, 2017 |

Some researchers believe the U.S. economy has a healthy outlook: The GDP growth rate is in the ideal 2 percent to 3 percent range, unemployment continues to abate and inflation remains in check.1 The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 88 percent of all occupations will experience growth by 2020, with the biggest increases coming…

Global Trade: Problems and Potential Solutions

By Chad Centorbi | April 11, 2017 |

Global trade and investment have increased dramatically over the past 30 years.1 On one hand, importing lower-cost goods from other countries has saved Americans money. On the other, it has cost American jobs. How many jobs? About 6 million from the manufacturing sector alone between 1999 and 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.…

Infrastructure Could Bridge Political Divide

By Chad Centorbi | April 4, 2017 |

Is it a secret that American politics are contentious, divided and rocky? Yet, one topic has the potential to bring both sides to the table: Infrastructure. The Republicans and Democrats may not agree on the details; after all, infrastructure spending necessitates funding. Conservatives worry about additional taxes or increasing government debt, while liberals oppose legislation…

The Science Behind Decision Making

By Chad Centorbi | March 21, 2017 |

In the 1940s, 90 percent of the stock market was owned by individual household investors. Today, with the widespread use of investment banking and mutual fund investing, individuals are responsible for trading only 20 percent of U.S. corporate equity.1 Do we no longer trust ourselves with investment decisions? You might think that, with so much…

Investment Trends for 2017

By Chad Centorbi | March 7, 2017 |

There are plenty of changes on tap for the 2017 investment horizon, not the least of which is a new business and investment-minded president in office. In its investment outlook for 2017, J.P. Morgan reports that the slow economic growth trend of the last eight years could get a turbo charge by President Trump’s plans…

The Old-School Stool

By Chad Centorbi | February 28, 2017 |

The proverbial “three-legged stool” of retirement funding traditionally comprised Social Security, a company pension, and personal savings, but that stool has been wobbly for quite some time. In fact, the traditional pension has been replaced largely by employer-sponsored 401(k) plans. This development firmly places the responsibility of two of the three stool legs on individual…

Checks and Balances: How Much Can a U.S. President Do?

By Chad Centorbi | January 31, 2017 |

Donald Trump has a broad presidential agenda that encompasses foreign trade, immigration, deregulation, taxes, and investment in U.S. infrastructure. These policies are poised to impact certain industries over others, such as healthcare, energy, financial services, and technology.1 Every presidential candidate enters the campaign with a platform of changes and priorities, which presumably dominate the winner’s…

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