Although much of the Minnesota landscape is currently covered in a fresh blanket of snow, rearranging the order of the oft-quoted springtime idiom more aptly describes the first quarter behavior of equity markets than it does the weather. It was once again a reminder that the animal spirits of markets don’t always follow the seasons. The year began where 2017 left off, with global stock markets carrying their strong positive momentum into the new year. In fact, the S&P 500 index hit ten ... [Continue Reading]
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You have a routine. You wake, dress, brush your teeth, and ready yourself for the day ahead. Your routine comes naturally to you. What if there was a way to monetize part of your routine? Thanks to the Minnesota legislature, if you’re a Minnesota resident, there now is a way to do just that. Most of our clients have children or grandchildren who will someday go to college. Our clients understand the value and power of having a disciplined savings strategy in place for college funding. For ... [Continue Reading]
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has become a catalyst for taxpayers to revisit their charitable giving strategies. Under the new law, many taxpayers will no longer be able to itemize deductions on a regular basis due to the following changes: The standard deduction has been increased from $12,700 to $24,000 for a married couple filing jointly ($26,600 if both spouses are age 65 or older) and from $6,350 to $12,000 for a single taxpayer. The deduction for state income taxes and real ... [Continue Reading]
Opportunities are everywhere, if you know where to look. Our investment team is constantly looking for opportunities in your portfolio, both to add value and to reduce risk. The strong market rally in 2017 presented us with numerous opportunities to "tend the garden" of our clients' portfolios and make adjustments where need be. The most significant opportunity that has emerged over the past year is the growth in our clients' stock positions, which has shifted the mix of stocks and bonds ... [Continue Reading]
Over the holidays, I sat at our kitchen table after breakfast, drinking coffee and reading the paper while my five-year-old rolled, sculpted, and ultimately smashed flat the hot pink Play-Doh that Santa so generously left in her stocking Christmas morning. As her wonderfully messy creative expression came out through this oh-so familiar medium, I commented to her that it would be easy to read her palm with all the lines and creases of her hands so brightly illuminated. Not surprisingly, her ... [Continue Reading]