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Weekly Financial Market Updates

Caution: Speed Bumps Ahead

MICHELLE SMALENBERGER, CFP® Fasten your seatbelts for bumps ahead!  Let’s review some of the main stories driving market activity this week. CORPORATE EARNINGS: Companies have reported strong earnings which have continued to push up stock prices.  Large gains from companies like Boeing, Ford, Verizon, and AT&T, among many others have reaffirmed confidence in their stock.…

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Friday’s Financial Update 7-21-2017

Financial Friday

MICHELLE SMALENBERGER, CFP® No news is good news?  This is a common phrase you may hear or even tell yourself when you “want” to hear it.  Today the market ended down slightly.  The news of the day to cause this was the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as President Trump’s new communications director and the resignation…

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Friday’s Financial Update 7-14-2017

Financial Friday

MICHELLE SMALENBERGER, CFP® As this week took the market up to new highs, it is important to be reminded of investing disciplines that should be in place for your portfolio.  Before quarterly earnings hit full steam, this is a great time to review for anything that should be added or changes that should be made.…

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Friday’s Financial Update 7-7-2017

Tax Rates by State

STEPHEN SMALENBERGER, EA The State of Illinois has been operating without a budget for over two years… 736 days to be exact.  That all changed yesterday as the members of the Illinois House of Representatives passed into law the largest permanent tax rate increase in state history.  This came only after successfully overriding Governor Bruce…

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Friday’s Financial Update 6-30-2017

Financial Friday

MICHELLE SMALENBERGER, CFP® You have likely given more thought to your summer vacation plans this week than to the performance of the financial markets.  That’s because this week has been relatively quiet.   That means the market has left it to our 4th of July celebrations to provide the fireworks instead of any market headlines! Investors…

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