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. Since then, gold prices have generally disappointed, with the metal priced today at roughly the same level as September 2013.  However, the outlook for the commodity may be brightening, at least according to the research we have been conducting. […]

The Top 5 Cybersecurity Questions You Should Ask Your Financial Advisor

June 24, 2019 1:22 pm

Cybersecurity in the News Many of us have become aware of serious data breaches over the last several years involving big companies such as Target, Yahoo, Marriot and Equifax. These data breaches affected hundreds of millions of people around the world and brought light to the importance of cybersecurity, a topic that otherwise doesn’t garner […]

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, […]

Tariffs, Explained

May 15, 2019 4:56 pm

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” -George Santayana, Famed philosopher and poet Last Friday President Trump announced he would hike tariffs on another $200 Billion of Chinese goods.  For months, the stock market seems to rally and then selloff based on anonymous sources talking about the progress of finding a […]

Finding Value in Health Savings Accounts

April 29, 2019 10:09 am

For most people, the rising cost of healthcare poses a major concern for lifestyle in retirement. It also makes the decision of when to retire that much more challenging, knowing this is an unavoidable yet sizeable expense. After the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010, the focus was more on access to services, […]

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 […]

5 Easy Things You Can Do Right Now to Clean Up Your Financial Home

April 8, 2019 12:00 am

We recently held our annual “ShredIt” event and invited our clients to bring in any old documents that needed shredding. It was our second annual event like this, and this year’s was just as well received. In all, 1.85 tons of paper w…

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 […]