States Are Reopening, Are Consumers Starting to Spend?

June 18, 2020 11:23 am

You will often hear, “so goes the consumer, so goes the United States economy.” This is a phenomenon that has grown during my lifetime, as we shifted away from a manufacturing economy to a more service-based economy. Look below at the chart and you will see that consumer spending does make up almost 70% of […]

Economic Commentary: March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020 10:08 am

Following yesterday’s sell off we wanted to share some thoughts and facts about the economy and the market. Lost in a new cycle filled with bad news, last Friday’s payroll report was the 113th month in a row with positive job growth here in the US. (The next closest record time period is 48 months!) […]

Get the Checklist: Organizing Your Finances for the New Year

December 19, 2019 9:56 am

New year, new budget! The holidays are over, the new year has arrived, and we’ve begun a new year to meet your financial goals. Don’t let unexpected expenses derail your plans for the new year. The start of a new year is the perfect time to clear off your kitchen table and take an in-depth […]

Struggling to Save for Retirement While Paying Off Your Student Loans? How One Company’s Novel Approach May Set the Standard for the Future.

September 20, 2018 10:53 am

Over the summer there was an interesting IRS ruling that was spurred by a single company trying to provide a unique perk to their employees.  Record low unemployment has resulted in a challenge for companies to find and keep qualified candidates, especially recent graduates. In an effort to attract and retain these folks, one company […]

How much should I have in my 401k at age X?

August 9, 2018 12:00 am

As the calendar turns to 2014, many folks use the month of January to review their retirement balances and see how their accounts have grown. Whether it’s the cold weather that makes people pay more attention or a derivative of a new year’s…

Should You Consider Refinancing Your Debt?

May 15, 2018 12:59 pm

As we are now experiencing a rising interest rate environment, it is imperative to take a close look at your debt obligations to determine if action should be taken. Many of us have enjoyed low interest rates on our debt for several years now, and this may have swayed your decision to accept variable rate […]

Parents of College Bound Kids: Finally Some Good News!

August 3, 2017 3:59 pm

As the father of a newborn, saving for college is now a major financial goal for my household. After years of helping clients tackle the following questions, I’m doing it for my own family. There’s a lot to consider including: Projecting the potential cost of college education Determining how much to save Helping to decide […]

An Eight Year Car Loan? Don’t Do It!

February 10, 2017 9:41 am

A while ago I came across a headline that read “Eight Year Car Loans”. What? Ok, I thought I’ve seen it all when it comes to getting someone to buy a car, but this one seemed almost impossible. Is it part of a fake news site, or a scam? I did some digging: sure enough, […]