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What the SECURE Act Could Mean for Retirement Plans

What the SECURE Act Could Mean for Retirement Plans If passed, it would change some long-established retirement account rules.     If you follow national news, you may have heard of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. Although the SECURE Act has yet to clear the Senate, it saw broad, bipartisan…

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A Month of Gains

In this week’s recap: a strong month for equities ends with the renewed possibility of a U.S.-China trade pact. Weekly Economic Update     THE WEEK ON WALL STREET A month of gains for stocks ended with a weekly retreat. The S&P 500 lost 0.30%; the Nasdaq Composite, 0.32%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 0.45%.…

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Bull Market Continues

In this week’s recap: Wall Street maintains its risk-on mood, even as tensions grow between the U.S. and Iran, influenced by a White House tweet and a dovish signal from the Federal Reserve.  Weekly Economic Update THE WEEK ON WALL STREET The S&P 500 hit an all-time peak of 2,964.03, in intraday trading Friday, while…

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Stocks Advance Again

In this week’s recap: the major Wall Street equity indices see further June gains, oil investors react to tanker attacks, and retail sales improve.  Weekly Economic Update   THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Stocks advanced for a second straight week. The S&P 500 benchmark rose 0.47%; the Nasdaq Composite, 0.70%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average,…

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Do Our Biases Affect Our Financial Choices?

Do Our Biases Affect Our Financial Choices? Even the most seasoned investors are prone to their influence.     Investors are routinely warned about allowing their emotions to influence their decisions.  They are less routinely cautioned about letting their preconceptions and biases color their financial choices.   In a battle between the facts & our…

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Stocks Rally, Atlanta

In this week’s recap: the blue chips have their best week of 2019, as investors like what they hear from the head of the Federal Reserve and interpret the latest monthly employment numbers.  Weekly Economic Update       THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Stocks rallied during a week in which Wall Street was buffeted…

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The Cost of Procrastination

The Cost of Procrastination Don’t let procrastination keep you from pursuing your financial goals. Some of us share a common experience. You’re driving along when a police cruiser pulls up behind you with its lights flashing. You pull over, the officer gets out, and your heart drops.   “Are you aware the registration on your…

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Weekly Update: Turbulence due to Trade Tensions

In this week’s recap: tariffs and U.S.-China trade tensions once again become the talk of Wall Street, and U.S. stocks end up lower, week-over-week. Weekly Economic Update THE WEEK ON WALL STREET Stocks fell sharply at the start of last week over trade tensions, then recovered with help from strong earnings and indications that U.S.-China…

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Weekly Update: Giant wave of IPOs Continues

In this week’s recap: domestic and international stocks sell off as higher tariffs go into effect for Chinese goods coming to the U.S., while the wave of notable initial public offerings continues. Weekly Economic Update THE WEEK ON WALL STREET As we noted recently, Wall Street has a wandering eye. Last week, it focused on…

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How to Take Charge of Your Financial Life, Atlanta

Taking Charge of Your Financial Life Delegating responsibilities to others may lead to problems down the road.   When you are putting together a household, it isn’t unusual to delegate responsibilities. One spouse or partner may take on the laundry, while another takes on the shopping. You might also decide which one of you vacuums…

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