After a rough October, the S&P 500 went into rally mode last week. Positive rumors on trade and a general recognition that the investing environment remains positive boosted stocks. The S&P 500 soared 2.4%. Global stocks rose, too, pushing the MSCI ACWI 3.1% higher. The good news in stocks, along with healthy job growth, pushed the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index 0.7% lower.
As the year begins its close, traditions start to appear. From the silverware for feasts, to the tacky lawn decorations the kids love, to the choice of holiday movies, traditions remind us of who we are. There’s a story behind almost every detail, whether it’s grandma’s antique table runner or your secret family recipe for cranberry sauce, and everything is intentional, or at least seems that way. Read more
Published by Jim Caldwell
Welcome to fall, almost everyone’s favorite time of the year. School starts up, the colors change, and football at all levels kicks into high gear. Growing up in the Midwest, and having been both a high school and college football coach in the past, I see a very distinct similarity between football and finances.
The S&P 500 briefly declined more than 10% from its high, set on September 21, 2018, before rallying slightly. The “correction” has come during a period of economic strength and healthy profit margins. A number of other major indexes are now in a “correction,” as they have declined more than 10%. Read more
Published by Tyler Schlumpf
We’re going to introduce a few mathematical concepts in this article that are crucial to building a portfolio. For those that are already moving their cursor up to the X in the right hand corner, just stick with it! These concepts, whether we choose to learn them or not, have a significant impact on the way we combine investments and are important to understand as we discuss portfolio construction. Read more
Published by Paul West
Life Defining Moments happen to all of us. Sometimes they are positive, joyous things that you want to happen: engagement; marriage; the birth of a child; buying your dream home. Other times, they are things that feel less positive and you wonder why they have to happen to you: illness; divorce; unexpected career change; death. However difficult and challenging the trying Life Defining Moments are initially, they can sometimes ultimately lead to change and growth in a positive direction. Though it’s hard, think, “glass half full.” Read more
If you’ve been considering a career in financial planning but don’t know where to start or what to expect, we’ve got you covered. Ron Carson CFP®, ChFC®, founder and CEO of the Carson Group, shares his tips for utilizing programs, events and internships to get a head start in financial services.