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Third Quarter 2017: Markets Keep Going Up?

Prepared by Zach Ivey

Many commentators and market watchers seem a bit confused watching stock markets around the world continue to grow. For those watching the geopolitical gamesmanship taking place, along with other concerning news items, the world appears gloomy, but looking past headlines to the fundamentals seems to paint a much different picture. Simply put, stocks do well when economies are growing, when central banks are accommodative, when …  read more

The Equifax Hack Happened – What Should You Do To Protect Yourself?

Prepared by Donna Byrne

As you have probably already learned, Equifax recently announced that it was the victim of a large-scale hack. The hackers were able to acquire names, social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses and some driver’s license information. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 200,000 consumers were also hacked. If your credit card information was hacked, you’ll receive notification in the mail. Otherwise, you will …  read more

2017 2nd Quarter Review: Blue Skies Thus Far

Prepared by Zach Ivey

Commercial pilots have a few simple goals; to take off and land the plane safely and to get the passengers to where they are going. The pilots don’t make the plane, but they certainly understand how it works. They don’t control the weather either, but must plan and react accordingly to meet these three basic goals.   As investment advisors, we don’t control the markets or the …  read more

Five Ways to Determine if a Financial Advisor Puts Your Goals First

Prepared by Laura Hinton

The thought of hiring and trusting a financial advisor to manage your finances can be very frightening. You are basically hiring someone to manage your investments and to provide advice in an area where you do not have the expertise.
To help ensure you and your financial advisor are aligned, we have provided five methods for determining if the advisor is placing your goals and interest …  read more

Q1 2017: Is a New Wind Blowing?

Prepared by Zach Ivey

Looking back over this first quarter of the year, it is hard not to think about how different things are this year compared to the start of 2016, when stock markets had a rough start and investor sentiment was pretty low. Emotions ran high around the election and we suggested remaining calm, looking at the fundamentals in the economy, and sticking to your investment plan …  read more