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Economic Update

Employment Employment numbers are important to review as they provide solid indicators for spending patterns and consumer confidence. Click the graph below for the most current information on employment.  Manufacturing The ISM manufacturing index (formerly known...

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Maximize Your 401(k) Benefits at Work

How to Take Advantage of This Great Retirement Income Tool Someday we will all retire, or at least slowdown. How prepared will you be for that day? Retirement planning in the form of a 401(k) plan is an important part of your retirement income matrix. First of all,...

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Staying the Course

Tempted to Make Big Changes in Response to Short-Term Volatility?   Read this First!   Staying the course amid economic turmoil can be a daunting proposition. As markets ebb and flow in response to world events as well as earnings reports and data releases...

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End of 2021 Planning Observations

We are furthermore witnessing one of the most visceral supply chain disruptions in economic history - if there was ever a time for a passive, hands-off approach to financial planning or portfolio management, this is certainly not it.  Uncertain Times Underscore the...

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The Impact of Inflation on Consumption

What Is GDP?   At a high level, let's first observe that gross domestic product (GDP) is 70%  consumption. Said another way, consumption is simply you and I buying things. These things can be daily routine staples, a new car, or a household appliance, as well as any...

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