Planning for Change in the Market

Planning for Change in the Market

After what seemed like the longest winter ever, spring has finally arrived here in the Midwest. Temperatures are pleasant, the days are longer, grass is green again and baseball games are in full swing. It wasn’t long ago that it felt like winter would never end, but that feeling is quickly becoming a distant memory. [...]
Recent Market Volatility

Recent Market Volatility

As the first quarter of 2018 comes to a close, stock market volatility has come back into focus. There are many ways to quantify this, but one particular number of note is the number of days in which stocks move either up or down by at least 2% in a single trading day. It certainly [...]
Take a Cue from Soccer on Recent Market Volatility

Take a Cue from Soccer on Recent Market Volatility

As of yesterday’s close, U.S. stocks have fallen over 10% from their peak in late January (officially in “correction” territory). Given the smooth ride the market gave us in 2017, this recent volatility has spooked investors and have led many to feel compelled to “do something” about this downturn. This emotional response is normal In [...]
How the Federal Interest Rate Hike Could Impact You

How the Federal Interest Rate Hike Could Impact You

The Federal Reserve recently announced another increase in short-term interest rates—its third federal interest rate hike this year. It was a move that was expected by most economists and market participants. While the larger impact on the economy may take time to play out, there are a couple areas where it could affect people more [...]