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Weekly Market Commentary April 24, 2017

In the thick of earnings season, markets swayed with a flurry of mixed reports from banks and industrials. For the week, the S&P 500 climbed 0.9%. The MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI), which includes U.S. and international stock markets, rose 0.6%, and the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index was unchanged. After a recent rally, oil fell sharply, dropping 7% last week. Read more

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How to Set up a Trust

Published by Beth Schanou, Director of Wealth and Estate Planning

A trust can be a necessary tool for an estate plan. But, you may ask, what is a trust? Put very simply, a trust is created with a formal legal document to manage assets for beneficiaries. The trust is created by a person called the Settlor or Grantor, and a Trustee is appointed to follow the rules of the trust for management of the trust and its assets for the beneficiaries’ benefit. Read more

Potential Impact of the Trump Tax Proposals | Carson Wealth

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Potential Impact of the Trump Tax Proposals

Published by Mark Petersen and the Carson Institutional Alliance Investment Committee

Every new administration in Washington D.C. has an agenda which results from the November election results. Candidates have talking points on the campaign trail. The winner believes that he or she has a ‘mandate’ from the people to implore Congress to enact their legislative will. We saw with the recent attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that this may not be the case. Read more

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Five Things U.S. Investors Should Remember when Analyzing the Sunday’s French Elections

Published by Scott Kubie, Senior Investment Strategist

The French elections starting on April 23 are the biggest market moving political event until the recently called British elections. Below are five things to keep in mind that may prevent you from overreacting to a negative outcome in round one: Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary April 17, 2017

Geopolitics, earnings and inflation news dominated the global investment environment this week. While earnings news was generally positive, higher geopolitical risk and inflation helped push U.S. markets lower. The S&P 500 fell 1.1% through Thursday and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1.0%. The NASDAQ slid 1.2%. Read more

2017 Q2 Market Outlook Video

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2017 2nd Quarter Outlook Video

Your Carson Institutional Alliance Investment Committee discusses market updates from the past quarter and provides an outlook on the upcoming quarter. Contact us to speak with a Wealth Advisor. Read more

3 Reasons To Consider Long-Term Care Coverage

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3 Reasons To Consider Long-Term Care Coverage

Many are surprised to learn that Medicare doesn’t cover long-term nursing facilities or in-home care. Long-term care insurance can help offset these high costs. Looking for guidance? Watch the video below to learn 3 reasons to consider long-term care coverage and see how a financial advisor could help. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary April 10, 2017

During the past week, movement in the equity markets was largely dictated by the release of the minutes from last month’s Federal Reserve meeting. Two major themes stood out with the first being the gradual reduction of the Fed’s massive $4.5 trillion balance sheet. The second is that certain members of the central bank have begun voicing concerns over current stock valuations, noting that prices across domestic and emerging markets equities are quite high. Read more

Monthly Newsletters

April Monthly Newsletter: 86% of Americans Are Stressed About Their Finances

A recent, nationwide survey of approximately 1,000 adults found that 86% of those surveyed indicated they are experiencing stress relating to their finances.[1]  Why is this important? According to that same survey, nearly half of those who indicated they are experiencing financial stress believe their stress hinders their ability to make financial decisions. Read more

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How to Identify and Avoid Fraudulent Communications or “Phishing”

In this day and age, electronic communication has made huge improvements toward making communications quick and convenient. However, we must remain vigilant in protecting our valuable personal information. We believe the best safeguard is for you to educate yourself on what “phishing” is, how to identify possible “phishing” communications and how to protect yourself and your information from getting into the wrong hands. Read more