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Third Quarter 2017: Markets Keep Going Up?

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 …

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

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 …

Alabama Legislature Clarifies IRA Protections

Thanks to our legislature and our professional organization, the Financial Planning Association of North Central Alabama, investors of Alabama may now more clearly understand how their IRAs are protected from court settlements and creditors. About three years ago, as president of our local chapter, it was brought to my attention that the language that defines …

Information Regarding Equifax Hack

Equifax announced Thursday that it was the victim of a large scale hack that exposed the personal information, including SS#s, of an estimated 143 million Americans. Hackers gained access to names, SS#s, birth dates, addresses and some driver’s license numbers. This information is at risk of identity fraud or being sold on the black market …