Market Update for the Quarter Ending September 30, 2017

Positive quarter for global markets

September was a positive month for most financial markets, capping off a solid quarter. In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.16 percent, the S&P 500 Index was up 2.06 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.11 percent. For the quarter, these three indices were up 5.58 percent, 4.48 percent, and 6.06 percent, respectively.

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A Financial Checklist You Can Handle

Starting fresh is always a great feeling, but the scale of what we set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year sometimes becomes overwhelming as the months go by. The question is,how can you stay motivated to meet your financial goals throughout the year?

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Should You Consolidate Your Retirement Accounts?

If you’re like most people, you’ve saved for retirement in multiple ways, including employer plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). As you approach retirement, it may make sense to consolidate all of your savings into one account to achieve a coordinated investment plan. 

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Market Update for the Month Ending August 31, 2017

Strong August for global markets

August was a solid month for global markets; all three major U.S. indices ended the period on a positive note. The S&P 500 Index, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq were up 0.31 percent, 0.65 percent, and 1.43 percent, respectively.

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Understanding Social Security

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What Does Hurricane Harvey Mean for the Economy and Markets?

Over the past few days, Hurricane Harvey has left physical destruction and human tragedy in its wake. This record-setting storm will certainly take its place with other major hurricanes, including Katrina and Sandy, in American history. Both Texas and Louisiana have been hit extremely hard by Harvey, and it will take months, even years, for those areas to recover. Our thoughts are with all of those affected.

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