Life Insurance Considerations

October 7, 2019 11:52 am

Whether you are starting a family or nearing retirement, there are considerations to be made as to your need for life insurance. Many people don’t think they need it, and if they think they might, they don’t necessarily know how much they require. In fact, where you are in your life will determine how much […]

Destination Homes: Home Sales Have Gone the Way of the Wedding

July 29, 2019 12:24 pm

I found myself ranting in front of a client the other day (something I rarely do.). It was about the real estate market. Not how well (or poorly) the housing market was performing, but rather the toll the selling process was taking on my clients.  My complaint: selling homes has gone the way of the […]

Has Gold’s Time Come Again?

July 9, 2019 1:55 pm

The last time we owned a dedicated position of gold in our portfolios was early 2013. Over the last six and a half years gold prices have generally disappointed, with the exception being the last few months. However, the outlook for the commodity may continue to brighten, at least according to the research we have […]

Trade War Worries

May 20, 2019 10:23 am

We have been sitting tight on our portfolio asset allocation since the beginning of the trade war escalation this month. Does this mean we aren’t worried? For now, the answer is, “Yes, unless.” The outlook for US/China trade relations is unsettled. The US could be at the beginning of a long drawn out trade war, […]

Latest Additions to StrategicPoint Services

April 15, 2019 11:08 am

Several clients have asked if we are happy with our move to Fidelity Investments. Our response has been that we couldn’t be more pleased with the changes we have seen since we transitioned custodians nineteen months ago. Fidelity has more than met our objectives to reduce client fees (low or free trading costs) and to […]

2019 Market Update

March 11, 2019 12:45 pm

We thought we would bring you up to date on our outlook for the markets. While December unnerved many investors, the first quarter of 2019 brought renewed confidence. Q1 S&P 500 performance was the best in over 20 years. What happens next? Where we are not worried: The markets dramatically oversold in December and then […]

2019 The New Year

January 4, 2019 12:02 pm

The New Year is supposed to be a fresh start. We get to begin all over again with energetic resolutions and stalwart promises, putting last year’s disappointments behind us. Investors are all for leaving behind 2018, which was a particularly rough year. Most asset classes turned in negative performance while volatility punctuated the year at […]

Market Turbulence

October 29, 2018 12:54 pm

One factor of the October rout in the stock market has been rising interest rates.  The market has concerns that the Federal Reserve could eventually overshoot (raise interest rates too high) and stifle economic growth. While an overshoot seems unlikely until sometime in 2020, investors tend to signal their displeasure early. At this point in […]

Outlook for the Second Half of 2018

June 26, 2018 11:33 am

It shouldn’t be surprising that US stock indices were relatively flat the first half of the year. After all, 2017 brought a stellar, unexpected gift in the form of performance returns. As the year turned over, most investors were aware that stocks can only go up for so long before one of two things happen: […]

Three Things to Keep In Mind Before Deciding to Downsize

April 24, 2018 10:03 am

If you’re nearing retirement, or settling in to your new retirement routine, chances are you’ve considered downsizing. Whether you’re looking to take advantage of mortgage savings, a warmer climate, or adding a second home, downsizing can be an integral part of your desired lifestyle in retirement. Downsizing is defined as the liquidation – or selling […]