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Revisiting February 2018: How Did You React to the Selloff?

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On February 8, 2018, U.S. equity markets closed in correction territory—with the S&P 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average having plummeted by more than 10% from their respective all-time highs over a period of just nine hyper-volatile…

Diversification: The Boring Winner

  In a world where the best- and worst-performing asset classes tend to dominate the headlines, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that a diversified investment portfolio is generally the most reliable approach for meeting long-term…

Bond Laddering May Reduce Portfolio Risk

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The stock market is up over 14% since the election, and more aggressive investors have been well rewarded for taking the risk. At the same time, very cautious or skeptical investors may have actually seen slight declines in their investments…

What’s a CD Ladder, and should you start building one?

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What is a CD Ladder? Why not simply invest all the money into a long-term CD at once? What happens if interest rates rise? Would this be a good option for someone who just needs a place for the conservative portion of a diversified investment…

It’s 2017. Do you know what your savings are doing?

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What things should we be watching in 2017? What does it mean to me for the Dow to be at 20,000? How does that affect my savings and investments? What about my healthcare? Do you watch your portfolio? Watch Szarka Financial’s Senior Financial…

Market Volatility: What should we except to see in our third quarter statements?

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Les Szarka on Fox 8 News discussing Market Volatility The quarter just ended, and it’s been a rollercoaster ride with the markets. What can we expect when we get our 401k or investment statements? Depressed or happy? How does the market volatility affect…

The Fed didn’t raise interest rates last week, so what does that mean for investors?

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Rick Martin on Fox 8 News Discussing Interest Rates With what is in the financial news right now, is the volatility here to stay? The Fed didn’t raise interest rates this past week, what does that mean? How is all of this volatility affecting…