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The New Space Race

By FFG Team | December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The New Space Race   Space: The final frontier. Or is it? The U.S. is again taking a serious look at space exploration, but there are many factors to consider. President Trump last summer called for the Department of Defense to move space operations to a sixth military branch, though funding such an effort would…

Interest Rate Watch

By FFG Team | November 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Interest Rate Watch   In late September, the Federal Reserve raised its key short-term interest rate to 2.25 percent from 2.0 percent, in its third increase of the year.1   The good news is that higher rates offer the potential for higher returns on CDs, bank savings and other fixed-rated accounts that have been languishing…

Economic Indicators

By FFG Team | November 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Economic Indicators Newton’s laws of motion and gravity are often applied to economics and the stock market. What goes up, must come down. While this generally explains a natural path of the economic cycle, the key question for most investors is: When will it come down? While no one can predict market directions with exact accuracy, economists…

Pension vs. 401(k)

By FFG Team | November 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pension vs. 401(k) Given a choice, which would you choose: a guaranteed fixed income for the rest of your life, or a lump sum tht you could invest? As it turns out, lots of people prefer a sure thing. This is what a recent survey showed about public sector employees posed with the option to…

Are We in a Corporate Debt Bubble?

By FFG Team | November 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Are We in a Corporate Debt Bubble? 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Great Recession of 2008. Despite a painfully slow recovery, U.S. economic growth has been sustainable. The stock and bond markets continue to perform well, unemployment is low and the economy is generally considered healthy and booming. And yet, whenever things are…

Real Estate Update

By FFG Team | October 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Real Estate Update What a difference a decade makes. After the real estate debacle of the Great Recession, home prices are now near record highs in many markets with mortgage default and foreclosure rates at near record lows, according to the National Association of Realtors, or NAR.1 However, Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, says some…

Trade Wars: More Context

By FFG Team | October 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Trade Wars: More Context In particular, automobiles seem to be in the crosshairs of President Trump’s hard line on trade with the rest of the world. Here are a few reasons why:1   U.S. auto production represents about 2.7 percent of GDP. There are more jobs in motor-vehicle assembly than in computers and electronics, chemicals,…

Annuity Strategies

By FFG Team | October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Annuity Strategies In a 2017 Nationwide Retirement Institute survey, financial advisors revealed some of the primary concerns of today’s pre-retirees, including maintaining their current lifestyle during retirement. These people also are less concerned with growing their assets; instead, they are focusing on drawing them down in a disciplined strategy without taking out too much too…

How Market Moves Affect Investor Decisions

By FFG Team | October 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

How Market Moves Affect Investor Decisions The National Bureau of Economic Research recently explored how continued low returns can influence saving, investing and retirement behaviors. According to the report, diminished returns tend to motivate people to save more in non-retirement accounts and less in their 401(k)s, alter their investment allocations, and even delay retirement and…

Sustainable Investing Goes Mainstream

By FFG Team | October 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sustainable Investing Goes Mainstream Invest in what you know is a common piece of investment wisdom. In the past, that advice has most likely referenced your favorite soda or retail store. Today, however, more people are investing in actions and causes they champion, and this is true of companies, as well. For example, while the…

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