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What to Consider When Buying a Vacation Home

What to Consider When Buying a Vacation Home

Do you dream of escaping it all to your very own luxury cabin in the mountains? Or maybe your ideal escape is a beach-side bungalow overlooking the ocean. Regardless of what your idea of a dream vacation retreat is, buying a vacation home is often called...
Weekly Market Digest: What Should You Expect From the Fed?

Weekly Market Digest: What Should You Expect From the Fed?

U.S. stocks took a pause this week, coming off recent highs as investors digested a mixed bag of corporate earnings and the possibility for a Fed rate cut at the end of July. Bonds and gold both ended the week higher. Abroad, China reported slowing economic...
The 50-30-20 Budgeting Rule: Is it Right for You?

The 50-30-20 Budgeting Rule: Is it Right for You?

We all know the feeling of our spending getting out of control. We often don’t realize how much we are spending on the “little things” like ride sharing, our daily lunch at the deli around the corner, or all those subscriptions to streaming services we pay...
Should You Invest in an IPO?

Should You Invest in an IPO?

IPOs often generate lots of excitement—do they also generate investor profits? Sometimes, but Warren Buffett stays away. Initial public offerings (IPOs) create buzz in the investment world. After all, who doesn’t want “in” on the ground floor of the next...
Weekly Market Digest: Breaking Down Facebook’s Libra

Weekly Market Digest: Breaking Down Facebook’s Libra

U.S. stocks finished the week at new all-time highs on the heels of Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony and release of the FOMC minutes. After a stronger-than-expected jobs report and a pickup in inflation, all eyes were on the Fed to reiterate...
What Moved the Markets in June?

What Moved the Markets in June?

Overview Optimism on trade paired with indications the Fed will cut rates drove all major asset classes higher. By changing tune on the direction of rates, the central bank indicated concern about mixed economic data points and the ongoing possibility of the...
Where Is the Best Place to Keep Your Cash?

Where Is the Best Place to Keep Your Cash?

For a short-term savings alternative, where should you turn? If you have a long-term investment strategy, then you understand the importance of making your money work for you. But do you apply that same approach to smaller sums of money that could be working...
What Does it Mean When a Public Company Goes Private?

What Does it Mean When a Public Company Goes Private?

Last month, national bookseller Barnes & Noble announced that it would be acquired by a private equity firm after years of struggling to compete with Amazon. Barnes & Noble is a publicly held company, so the transaction has been referred to as “going...
Weekly Market Digest: Thinking About an Emergency Fund?

Weekly Market Digest: Thinking About an Emergency Fund?

This week saw markets focus in on two important developments that have been a common thread in the second quarter: The US/China trade war and the Federal Reserve’s potential pivot towards accommodative monetary policy. On the trade war front, market...