Category: News

Bitcoin vs. Ethereum…So what’s the big deal?

Ben Klamo

Cryptocurrencies have garnered much attention in the financial world in the past few years as their adoption has increased by investors and institutions. It’s safe to say that cryptocurrencies have reached the mainstream; if you have invested money at some point, you have probably heard of or had a conversation…

Categories: News, The Market

First Quarter Market Commentary

David Martin

The U.S. equity market hit all-time highs during the first quarter and several non-U.S. markets joined the march upwards, including the Canadian and European equity markets. Additionally, the S&P 500 gained 5.8% in Q1 and its trailing 12-month gain was 53.7%, the strongest gain in the post-war period. Alternatively, bonds…

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April is National Financial Literacy Month

Thad Schlaud

April is National Financial Literacy Month – an entire month dedicated to underscoring the importance of learning, establishing, and maintaining healthy financial habits. Sadly, the money habits of the average American reveal that: • Only about 40% of adults use a budget and track spending; • More than three out…

Categories: Industry Ideas, News

That $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Might Cause Inflation

Thad Schlaud

The current job market landscape is a warning sign of how painful the U.S. economy is for many, as over 745,000 Americans filed first-time unemployment claims at the end of February. But then on March 5th, the February employment report showed the U.S. economy added 379,000 jobs in that month.

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COVID’s Impact on our Super Bowl Spending

Thad Schlaud

When you add it all up, how much money is spent on the Super Bowl? How much do we really consume on Super Bowl Sunday? And how much do we wager? While those are interesting topics to explore as we get ready for Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City…

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Eddie Van Halen, Cancer, and Money Discussions

Guys, this is a difficult post. It was hard to write, and it may be hard to read. Specifically, if you have recently lost a loved one to an illness, you may want to skip this post. That said, because these topics are taboo, we don’t talk about them enough.

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Making Sense of the Payroll Tax Executive Order

Thad Schlaud

After negotiations for another stimulus bill stalled for two weeks, President Trump issued an executive order suspending the collection of Social Security payroll taxes from September 1 through December 31, while hinting that it might go beyond that time frame, too. It would impact those making less than $4,000 for…

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Putting the Worst GDP Drop Ever in Perspective

Thad Schlaud

Remember back in late May when the Commerce Department reported that our U.S. economy shrank at an even faster pace than previously estimated in the first quarter of 2020 and consensus expectations suggested that the second quarter of 2020 would be far worse? Well, it happened. On Thursday, July 30,…

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The 12 Estate Planning Must-Dos

Thad Schlaud

Because estate planning is so important, estate documents should be reviewed and updated as changes arise. To be sure everything is in order, there are 12 things to consider as you review your estate documents. Many of you already have estate documents, probably executed many years ago. That’s a good…

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