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Pros and Cons of Legislative Inertia

By FFG Team | August 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pros and Cons of Legislative Inertia While the 2020 presidential election gains steam, it seems that the passion for new legislation has taken a backseat. As of July 1, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives had passed 169 bills this year1 while the Republican-dominated Senate had passed 61.2 Unfortunately, as of the same date, this divided impasse had…

2019 Midyear Outlook

By FFG Team | July 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

2019 Midyear Outlook Kiplinger recently noted that the U.S. stock market appeared more resilient than ever, having bounced back from a devastating end of 2018. Employment remains relatively steady, inflation flat and the Fed has indicated reticence to increasing interest rates through the end of the year. In fact, the only headwinds for the rest…

Tech Talk: Energy Innovation, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

By FFG Team | July 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tech Talk: Energy Innovation, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Technology is the largest single segment of the stock market — bigger than the industrial and financial sectors. It’s also an industry of constant innovation and unlimited potential, presenting enormous investment opportunities for both institutional and Main Street investors. This is great for tech companies needing…

Don’t Avoid Family Conversations About Money

By FFG Team | July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Don’t Avoid Family Conversations About Money One of the first discussions a young couple may have when starting a family is about affordability. How will they pay for child care? Will one spouse quit their job to stay home and raise the child? Here are a couple of interesting facts that may enter that equation:1…

Stock Market Roundup: What to Watch

By FFG Team | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Stock Market Roundup: What to Watch Between 1926 and 2018, the S&P 500 experienced double-digit annual losses only 11 times. Not only did the market recover, but the index has never permanently lost ground in any rolling 15-year period during that timeframe.1 While past performance is no guarantee of future results, that bit of history…

More Tax Considerations For 2019

By FFG Team | July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

More Tax Considerations For 2019 According to IRS estimates, taxpayers collectively pay about 82 percent of taxes they legitimately owe. This amounts to about $458 billion annually in lost taxes, based on data from 2008 to 2010.1 Of course, we do not recommend strategies to avoid legitimate tax liabilities. However, it is important to stay…

Boosting Financial Literacy is a Top Priority

By FFG Team | June 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Boosting Financial Literacy is a Top Priority Financial literacy has always been a challenge. However, now that much of the burden of retirement income has shifted to employees instead of employers, it is all the more important that we begin teaching the principles of saving and investing to people as early as possible.1 In a…

Retirement Planning Challenges

By FFG Team | June 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Retirement Planning Challenges In 1985, only 10 percent of people aged 65 and older were either in the workforce or job hunting. Today, that share has doubled, for a couple of reasons. First, fewer 65-year-olds have enough money to retire. Second, the number of people in this demographic with a college degree has more than…

Tech Trends

By FFG Team | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tech Trends There are different formulas for launching highly successful companies. First, create a product that solves a problem that no one knew they had — for instance, how online search engines replaced encyclopedias. Then, there are ideas that help solve problems that plague millions of people. Back pain, for example. Not only do approximately…

Retirement: Savings and Financial Health

By FFG Team | June 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Retirement: Savings and Financial Health As many baby boomers near retirement, some new facts are coming into focus. According to the latest Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on retirement security, 29 percent of households aged 55 and older have no savings set aside for retirement and no pension. If that doesn’t change, they’ll be relying…

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