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Real Estate Investing

By FFG Team | May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Real Estate Investing Investing in real estate can be an option to help diversify a portfolio because the market isn’t directly correlated with stock and bond markets. You don’t have to buy properties and become a landlord to participate, and there are a number of different financial vehicles available based on an investor’s key objectives,…

We Had a Strong Q1 2019; What’s the Outlook for the Rest of the Year?

By FFG Team | May 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

We Had a Strong Q1 2019; What’s the Outlook for the Rest of the Year?   The first quarter of 2019 proved to be a strong one. The S&P 500 posted a 13.1% gain (the highest quarterly gain since 2009), the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 11.15% and the Nasdaq increased by 16.5%. Bond…

Companies Creating Vertical Investing Opportunities, Others Investing in Communities

By FFG Team | May 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Companies Creating Vertical Investing Opportunities, Others Investing in Communities   There is a new trend toward investing in American initiatives that aligns with the president’s focus on making the country great. Initiatives are cropping up to help create the potential for novel investment opportunities. Some of these investments are being created by companies that themselves…

Bull Market Turns 10

By FFG Team | May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bull Market Turns 10   March 9, 2019, marked the 10th anniversary of the current bull market, the longest-running in U.S. history. In that decade, the market more than quadrupled, and when you factor in dividends, it’s up fivefold.1   The short-term spikes over the past few years coupled with corporate share buybacks have served…

Retirement Planning Tools

By FFG Team | April 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Retirement Planning Tools Here’s an interesting tidbit from the investment industry: In 2014, Merrill Lynch hired a gerontologist on staff – the first financial gerontologist of all time.1 Why? Because their financial advisors needed to learn how to plan for older people who are living longer than ever. The problems associated with this new era of…

IRA Refresher

By FFG Team | April 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

IRA Refresher In 2019, the IRS increased the limit on annual individual retirement account contributions to $6,000 from $5,500. The catch-up contribution for people ages 50 and up remained the same at $1,000.1 If you’re thinking about investing in an IRA or increasing your contribution, here’s some information to help you make your decision. A traditional…

Insights from the “Oracle of Omaha”

By FFG Team | April 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Insights from the “Oracle of Omaha”  In his 2018 Berkshire Hathaway annual report, published in February, renowned investor Warren Buffett reiterated the holding company’s objective to purchase well-managed businesses with positive and sustainable economic characteristics – and to buy them at sensible prices.1 Berkshire Hathaway joined many other companies in buying back its own shares…

Workplace Trends

By FFG Team | April 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Workplace Trends It’s common for all types of relationships to experience “power swings” — when one person or entity holds more sway over another, for a wide variety of reasons. We have witnessed this phenomenon recently in the job market.1 Starting during the Great Recession and for several years thereafter, many individuals lost jobs and…

Don’t Leave Your Long-Term Care Plan to Chance

By FFG Team | March 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Don’t Leave Your Long-Term Care Plan to Chance   According to new research from Genworth, one of the nation’s leading long-term care insurance companies, Americans are both entering caregiver roles and requiring care at younger ages. Among the study’s findings:1   Nearly half of family caregivers now are men The average age of a family…

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