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Monthly Economic Update

The Month in Brief Hopes for a quick resolution to the U.S.-China trade dispute faded in May as discussions broke down and rhetoric from both sides turned tough again. The disappointment lingered on Wall Street: The month saw losses for stocks. On Main Street, consumer confidence was strong and inflation tame. Mortgage rates reached year-to-date […]

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Retirement In Sight: Retiring with a Cash Reserve

Retiring with a Cash Reserve Many people want to enter retirement with (a) investments that may have benefited from years of growth and compounding, (b) a manageable debt position, and (c) a cash reserve for emergencies. Just how large should that cash reserve be? There is no simple answer to that question because the answer […]

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Monthly Economic Update

The Month in Brief Wall Street shifted its focus from trade to earnings in April. On that front, the news was good: Through April 26, first-quarter results for S&P 500 firms had beaten expectations by 5.3%, a bit better than the historical average of 4.8%. A strong first-quarter gross domestic product reading and solid consumer […]

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Retirement In Sight: In Retirement, Your Spending Could Fluctuate

In Retirement, Your Spending Could Fluctuate Your retirement income strategy will almost certainly evolve. How much you spend will vary from year to year, and in some years, you will spend more on some things than others. At the start of your retirement, you may spend more than you think. A recent J.P. Morgan Asset […]

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Monthly Economic Update

The Month in Brief The Federal Reserve altered its outlook on interest rates in March, and the stock and bond markets took notice. Both the Fed and the European Central Bank communicated that they saw economic growth moderating. Even so, the S&P 500 managed to advance 1.79% for the month. Trade talks continued between the […]

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Retirement In Sight: Dealing with a Surprise Retirement

Dealing with a Surprise Retirement For years, you have imagined the way your second act will unfold: when it will start, what you will do, and where you will be. Then life hands you a wild card. You are forced to retire years earlier than you planned and with little notice. How do you adjust? […]

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Monthly Economic Update

The Month in Brief You could say that Wall Street breathed a collective sigh of relief in February. Investors were encouraged by new developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations and by the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s most recent policy meeting. On Main Street, consumer confidence improved, while consumer spending kept pace. Home sales declined once […]

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Retirement In Sight: How Can a Woman Prevent Outliving Her Money?

Certain financial decisions may help a woman grow and sustain her retirement assets across the decades to make up for time out of the workforce and the prevalent earnings gender gap. One fundamental decision would be to start saving and investing for retirement as early as possible—but other, sometimes underrecognized choices may also allow a […]

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Retirement In Sight: Think of These Factors as You Think About Retirement Income

If retirement is drawing closer, you will want to ask yourself some key questions relating to your future income. Answering these fundamental questions may help to give you a better picture of the monthly cash flow needs of your retiree household. The first two questions concern time. One, when do you anticipate retiring? Two, how […]

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Monthly Economic Update

The Month in Brief December 2018 will be remembered for its volatility and its challenges. The S&P 500 flirted with bear market territory, dropping 10.16% for the month. Appetite for risk declined here and abroad in the face of tariffs, concerns about the Federal Reserve raising interest rates too quickly, a federal government shutdown, and […]

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