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What’s Up With the Markets?

By FFG Team | October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

What’s Up With the Markets? Anyone who followed the often-used investment adage, “Sell in May and go away,” is likely pleased with their decision after the markets struggled in the month of August.1 While recent market events may seem dramatic, August is historically the weakest month of the year for U.S. equities.2 By mid-August this year,…

Small-Business Growth Has Economic Benefits

By FFG Team | September 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Small-Business Growth Has Economic Benefits A promising way to jumpstart the U.S. economy is by helping more entrepreneurs establish their own businesses. The 30.2 million U.S. small businesses represent 99.9 percent of all businesses in this country. They employ nearly half (47.5 percent) of America’s total workforce.1 If you need further proof that small businesses…

What Is The Beige Book?

By FFG Team | September 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

What Is The Beige Book? The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) evaluates a plethora of factors before making any monetary policy decisions at meetings, which generally take place eight times a year. One source that helps inform their policy decisions is the “Beige Book,” which is the informal name for the FOMC’s “Summary…

Why Retirement Portfolio Design Should Be Flexible

By FFG Team | September 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Why Retirement Portfolio Design Should Be Flexible even more flexible than the giraffe in this picture! –> There is one predominant reason why retirement portfolio design must be approached differently today than in previous years: There is an infant alive in this world, right now, who is expected to reach age 200.1 That’s the prediction…

Common Investing Mistakes

By FFG Team | September 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Common Investing Mistakes In our personal lives, we have a conscience that keeps us from doing not-so-nice things. Sometimes we even get a creepy-crawly feeling when we think someone may be up to no good. Fortunately, there also are some common red flags that warn us about things we should avoid when investing. For example,…

Examining the work/life balancing act

By FFG Team | August 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Examining the work/life balancing act Researchers have estimated how much of our lifetime is spent on various activities. For example, based on a lifespan of 80 years, the average person will spend:1 26 years sleeping 7 years trying to get to sleep 13 years at work 8 years watching TV 5 years eating 3 years…

The Growing Popularity of Annuities

By FFG Team | August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Growing Popularity of Annuities Annuities are nothing new; in fact, they’ve been around since Roman times, and maybe even before that.1 But they’re seeing a modern-day surge in popularity, fueled by pre-retirees and retirees concerned about stock market volatility and outliving their retirement income. The fixed annuity market experienced significant growth between 2017 and 2018,…

Where is Dad’s Money?

By FFG Team | August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Where is Dad’s Money? Imagine if, sadly, Dad dies or becomes incapacitated. You’re in charge of handling all his financial affairs, from managing his investments to putting income sources in place for Mom. There’s just one problem: He was an old-school guy who never consolidated his assets or set up online accounts. Also, it appears…

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…

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