What Is an Independent Financial Advisor?

An independent advisor is not tied to any specific family of funds or investment products. Many independent financial advisory firms are owned by the people who sit at the desks inside.What’s DiscussedWhat makes a financial advisor “independent?”How are independent financial advisors different?Are independent financial advisors unbiased?Does it matter if your advisor is independent?What are the benefits to working with an …

When Will The Bear Market End?

A quote by the celebrated fund manager Sir John Templeton states, “Bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism, and die on euphoria.” Investors are anxious right now, and it’s understandable.2022 – An Uncommon YearNow, rattled by Russia and China, battling rising costs and a potential recession, one must ask: When will the bear market end? While there …

Barron’s Top 100 List

One hundred years ago women couldn’t open a bank account, apply for a loan or become an accountant or lawyer. What a difference a century has made! Women now occupy more senior roles in U.S. companies than ever before and have helped some of the nation’s biggest, most important companies navigate the Covid pandemic and the challenges that have arisen …

A Beginner’s Guide to Alternative Investments

Alternatives are investment options beyond the typical stocks, bonds and cash found in most portfolios. They can be tangible assets like precious metals, or they could be financial assets like private equity or hedge funds. Alternatives tend to be riskier than traditional assets, which means investors usually have to meet certain criteria to access them. Here’s a closer look at …

Breaking Down Socially Responsible Investing

Many investors want more out of their investments than just a good return. They want to know that the companies they invest in are ethical and responsible — that they build environmentally sustainable business models, advance a social good and operate in a transparent, ethical way. To identify these companies, socially responsible investors can use a set of criteria known …

Tips for Making the Most of Your Inheritance

Baby boomers in the U.S. are set to bequeath $68 trillion in wealth by 2043, as part of the Great Wealth Transfer. Much of that will be left to Generation X and millennial heirs. If you expect to receive an inheritance, planning ahead for how you will use the wealth and account for any taxes will help you make the …

4 Smart Money Moves for 2021

With the new year in full swing, it’s a great time to take stock of your personal finances. From building a budget and saving for retirement to getting a jump on this year’s taxes, here are some of the smart money moves to consider to help brighten your financial life in the new year.1. Build a budgetCreating a monthly budget …

Tax Tips for Charitable Donations

Charitable giving is a great way to support the causes you care about while also getting a tax break. In 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which incentivized charitable giving by offering new rules for charitable deductions. As we move into the new year, now is the time to make sure you’re making your …

5 Rules of Long-Term Investing

These best practices can help you stay invested during the market’s ups and down The COVID-19 pandemic helped put an end to the longest bull market in history. The stock market plunged, and many investors were tempted to pull their money out of the market to avoid additional losses. But periods of uncertainty offer a good reminder to investors that …

Two Strategies for Rebalancing Your Portfolio

How to bring your portfolio back in line with your goals Your investment portfolio is more than the sum of your account balances. It represents your pathway toward important financial goals, whether a comfortable retirement or a college education for your kids. But over time, the inevitable ups and downs of the financial markets can change the profile of your …