Weekly Financial Market Updates

Friday’s Financial Update 8-11-2017

August 11, 2017

What difference do you notice in the pictures below? These two pictures represent the S&P500 Index performance from this past week and of course, an amusement park roller coaster.  The path each of these took is the same.  So what can we learn and where do we go from here? First, how did the ups…

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The Cost of Uncertainty

August 4, 2017

Michelle Smalenberger, CFP® When investing in a stock, we choose to buy or sell based upon our expectation of what a company’s revenue and profits will be going forward.  Continued growth happens because of a good business plan, forward-thinking ideas and a solid grasp of what their customers want.  In order for companies to be…

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Caution: Speed Bumps Ahead

July 28, 2017

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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Financial Friday

Friday’s Financial Update 7-21-2017

July 21, 2017

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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Financial Friday

Friday’s Financial Update 7-14-2017

July 14, 2017

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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Tax Rates by State

Friday’s Financial Update 7-7-2017

July 7, 2017

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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