March 9, 2009, is an important day in our shared history. We didn’t necessarily know it at the time as it took a few months for the significance of the day to reveal itself, but it was on this date when the financial markets hit rock bottom during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). From that day forward the markets stopped their painful retreat and began to recover. That was ten years ago now, and as we reflect on those ten years, of course there are countless learnings and insights that could ... [Continue Reading]
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When new office employees are starting a new job, they often go through the same routine. The first few days are spent locating the break room, finding a good parking spot, and orienting to the cultural norms. Then there’s the meeting with human resources—you get a key card, complete payroll deduction paperwork, and review compliance documents. Dental insurance? Extra life insurance? How much should the company take out for 401(k) contributions? Pre-tax or after tax? Most people go with the ... [Continue Reading]
As we move quickly along into a new year and embrace the opportunity of fresh starts, we often experience feelings of hope, inspiration, and anticipation. A new year is a natural time to pause and evaluate what has gone well in the past and what we want to improve in the future. We set goals, make resolutions, and envision the future we want to create. Many individuals have goals relating to their finances. For some this may be to save for a large purchase or trip. For others this may be to save ... [Continue Reading]
On the last day of March in 2018, President Trump raised the issue that the United States Post Office was losing $1.50 on every package it delivered for Amazon. Two days later, he stated “our fully tax paying retailers are closing stores all over the country…not a level playing field.” The insinuation was that, one way or another, Amazon’s shipping costs were about to rise, cutting into profits. On the first day of trading following these comments, Amazon’s stock lost $30 Billion in value, ... [Continue Reading]
Co-Authored by Katy Vermeer Retirement planning involves a multi-faceted analysis that requires a combination of data gathering, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and discernment. It is an on-going process that offers peace of mind to our clients as their life goals evolve. As people approach their retirement years the number one question advisors are often asked is, “Do I have enough?” While the internet offers a host of formulas, calculators, and rules of thumb to answer this ... [Continue Reading]