Stocks Have You Scratching Your Head?

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Is it complacency? Exuberance? Uncertainty? Exhaustion? Insight? Intuition? Last week, all three major U.S. stock markets gained value and two reached new record highs. On the face of it, that’s great news for stock investors. However, if you look below … Read More

The Tooth Fairy is Awfully Generous These Days

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Since 1998, an insurance firm has conducted a poll to determine how much swag the tooth fairy or, depending on your country, the magical mouse, elf, brownie, or tooth rat has been leaving behind for children who’ve lost their teeth. … Read More

To Retire with Confidence, Have A Plan

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By Kevin Theissen, Principal and Financial Advisor at Skygate Financial Group LLC If you want to retire with confidence, you need a good plan. As you near retirement age or better yet, decades before retirement age, it is time to … Read More

Burgernomics: A Big Mac Index Update

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The Economist invented the Big Mac index in 1986 as an entertaining way to assess whether currencies were at the “correct” levels. The index reflects the idea that countries’ exchange rates should balance so the same product (in this case, … Read More

What a Difference a Year Makes!

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At the start of 2016, investors were rather pessimistic and risk-averse, preferring bonds to stocks. By the end of the year, they were quite optimistic and preferred stocks to bonds. In between, markets traveled a bumpy road. During January of … Read More

Growth, Growth, Where’s the Growth?

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It’s that time of the year again: The time when pundits and analysts assess the present and forecast the future. Here are a few predictions from The World in 2017, which is published by The Economist: Forecasts suggest the United … Read More

Flirting With Higher Interest Rates

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Last week, yields on 10-year Treasury bonds rose to a 17-month high of 2.44 percent, reported The Wall Street Journal, before retreating to finish the week at about 2.4 percent. As we’ve mentioned previously, some experts suspect the bull market … Read More

The Markets – A Relatively Calm 3rd Quarter

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Markets were relatively calm during the third quarter of 2016, yet they delivered some attractive returns overall. In the United States, all three major U.S. indices posted record highs twice during a single 7-day period in August, reported CNBC.com. The … Read More

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