Is Inflation Back?

July 2021  By: JARED HAMMERS, CFA
Is Inflation Back?
As the economy reopens and we begin our post-pandemic lives, the world is starting to feel normal. However, many market prognosticators are calling for something that has not been present in America for a long time – a sustained period of above average inflation.

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Keep an Eye on Proposed Tax Changes to Fund U.S. Economic Stimulus Plans

May 2021  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA
Keep an Eye on Proposed Tax Changes to Fund U.S. Economic Stimulus Plans
The fiscal stimulus train in Washington has continued to move forward. To date, Congress has passed several stimulus plans totaling an eye-popping $5 trillion to help mitigate the negative financial impact of the pandemic on Americans from coast to coast.

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Speculating vs. Investing

February 2021  By: TFG INVESTMENT TEAM
Speculating vs. Investing
Over the past several weeks, significant volatility in the share price of video game retailer GameStop dominated news headlines. The shares began to soar at the end of January when investors united on social media platforms to drive the stock price higher (an outcome that was possible given the...

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Strategic Ways to Optimize Financial Planning in 2021

January 2021  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD
Strategic Ways to Optimize Financial Planning in 2021
As 2021 gets underway, there’s a palpable sense of optimism both domestically and internationally as we move forward with an expanded rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. We hope the New Year will bring an increased demand for travel, dining, and entertainment that will give the private sector a...

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Our Perspectives on 2020

December 2020  By: TFG INVESTMENT TEAM
Our Perspectives on 2020
When we wrote to our clients at the end of 2019, we opened with the following message: “As we begin a New Year and a new decade, many financial experts are polishing their financial crystal balls in an attempt to predict what the market will – or won’t – do in 2020 and beyond.

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The Election Is Over. Now What?

November 2020  By: MICHAEL McLEOD, CFP®
The Election Is Over. Now What?
Election Day 2020 has come and gone, and many clients are naturally interested in what the results mean for their personal finances. Although President-elect Joseph Biden’s policy agenda offers stark contrasts to many current policies, particularly in the realm of tax policy, the degree to which...

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Why the Dow and S&P 500 Don’t Tell the Whole Story

September 2020  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA
Why the Dow and S&P 500 Don’t Tell the Whole Story
At the end of August, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, and Raytheon Technologies were replaced in the Dow Jones Industrial Average by Salesforce.com, Amgen and Honeywell International.

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Asset Allocation: The Importance of Maintaining a “Balanced” Approach in Today’s Market Environment

August 2020  By: JARED HAMMERS, CFA
Asset Allocation: The Importance of Maintaining a “Balanced” Approach in Today’s Market Environment
As with most things in life, it’s uncommon to find a free lunch in investing. Generally speaking, investment returns tend to be commensurate with the level of risk incurred. However, it seems some investors are questioning that rule and reacting to the current low interest rate environment by...

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Stock Market vs. Economy

June 2020  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA
Stock Market vs. Economy
Between a double-digit unemployment rate, sputtering economic activity, and a pandemic that has now taken the lives of more than 120,000 people in the United States, there was plenty to be worried about as equity markets plummeted in the month of March. And after the S&P 500 declined by more than...

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Speculating During the Pandemic

May 2020  By: JARED HAMMERS, CFA
Speculating During the Pandemic
At a time when casinos around the country are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, Americans have found a new avenue for wagering: short-term trading in the stock market. In addition to stay at home orders, there have also been technological improvements that enable anytime access to trading...

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