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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Growing Concerns Around Delta Variant Rattle Markets Equities sell off on Delta variant concerns. Though the Delta variant is a risk, it is a low risk to the economy and markets. Instead, we see greater risks around the economy...

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Taper Talk Rattles Stocks U.S. equities log their worst week since February on Fed policy concerns. The Fed seems to have pivoted from its stance that inflation will be transitory. In uncertain times, diversification remains the best...

Friday, May 28, 2021

Time to lace up! Celebrate Global Running Day on June 2 as we look at different ways running can teach us about investing. (You won’t even break a sweat—unless you’re reading on the treadmill). The latest commentary...

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Let's take this moment to highlight the importance of 529 savings plans to help you plan and pay for college or training expenses. 529 Plan Many parents today suffer from sticker shock when they learn what it costs to send their...

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Inflation Fears Fuel Rotation Out of Growth Stocks Equity markets are selling off, led by high-growth technology stocks. Inflation concerns are rising, putting pressure on stock valuations and bond prices. Inflation and valuation...

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Monday, April 26, 2021

In their latest commentary, the Cetera Investment Management team discusses the economic recovery and the Biden administration’s first 100 days. Both have been successful but will likely face tougher challenges ahead. CLICK TO...

Thursday, April 15, 2021

In their latest commentary, the Cetera Investment Management team discusses the most recent report on inflation and the prospects for future inflation. Investors and consumers are worried that inflation will cause a devaluation of...

Monday, April 5, 2021

Many young adults are not only wayward financially, but also pessimistic about ever becoming wealthy. Could it be that our children just aren't getting the financial education they need?April is Financial Literacy Month. This is...

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Cetera Investment Management has released its 2021 Second Quarter Outlook. In this outlook, they discuss local economies reopening and investors’ optimism. Potential consumers are getting another check from the...

Monday, March 1, 2021

You’re invited to an exclusive conversation with former Federal Reserve Chair Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, who helped guide the U.S. economy out of its worst recession of the century. His insights on how the economy can emerge and grow...

Friday, February 19, 2021

The 2020s haven’t got off to the roaring start we all had hoped for. We’re a year into the worst pandemic in a century, and it’s brought along with it the deepest economic contraction since the Great Depression....

Friday, January 29, 2021

U.S. equities continue to experience a roller-coaster ride on concerns of speculative trading by retail investors. Cetera Investment Management believes this concern, which could trigger de-risking by hedge funds as they are forced to...

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Equity markets have had a huge run since their March 2020 lows. Despite rising headwinds, investor optimism remains elevated and a market correction is possible. Market corrections are a normal part of investing and can be used as an...

Friday, December 4, 2020

2020 has been a tumultuous year, to say the least. But this year is the perfect representation of why we work together: we plan ahead, taking into account different scenarios and emergencies, to devise a solid strategy that helps you...

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

As an investor, it can be tempting to get caught up in daily news headlines. Consider how news about the election and COVID-19 vaccines have moved the markets over the past several weeks. But having a financial strategy can help you...

Monday, November 30, 2020

As the United States sees a rise in cases of COVID-19 across the nation, news of two promising vaccines out of hundreds being tested has offered a ray of hope for a fatigued world.1A positive reaction to these vaccines affects every...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

It’s been 399 years since the first Thanksgiving feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the holiday has since become a beloved hallmark of autumn joy, a celebration of gratitude and reflection in the company of those dearest to...

Monday, November 9, 2020

Over the weekend, Joe Biden was declared the next President. With Republicans likely to hold the Senate, expect a divided government. Markets like gridlock as it limits legislative policies and uncertainty. Over the weekend,...

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Election Day is finally behind us, and we sincerely hope you voted. Since the turnout was high and over half the ballots cast were mail-in ballots, it will take longer to count them all. While we wait for the votes to be tallied, we...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

U.S. equities posted their worst loss in over a month on the combination of rising virus cases, lack of progress on a stimulus plan, and growing election uncertainty. Our latest commentary discusses this topic in more detail. We are...

Monday, October 26, 2020

The upcoming election is prompting some people to reconsider their investment strategy.In fact, 45% of consumers with $100,000 or more investable assets expect to make changes to their portfolio due to the upcoming 2020 presidential...

Friday, October 23, 2020

This in depth report covers the path to electoral victory for both candidates, the chances of a delayed result, and examines historical stock market returns during post-WWII 4-year presidential cycles. They also provide an election...

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Cetera Investment Management has released its Fourth Quarter 2020 Outlook. In this outlook, they discuss the sharp recovery in the economy, equities and bonds. However, the economy has a long way to go to get to pandemic levels...

Monday, October 5, 2020

It should come as no surprise to hear the economy is the top issue for voters in the 2020 election. Nearly 8 in ten voters say that the economy will be very important to them when they cast their votes.1But when voters say...

Monday, September 14, 2020

With all of the storm and stress of the year 2020, you’d be forgiven if you momentarily forgot that we’re due for another national election in November. Many states will be selecting governors, representatives, and...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

U.S. equities have been weak over the past three trading sessions. The latest commentary from Cetera Investment Management discusses this topic in more detail. They are not surprised as investors needed to reassess their optimism...

Monday, August 31, 2020

In the era of COVID-19, and the financial woes it has created, I often get asked, “Why is the stock market holding up so well when the economy appears to be struggling?”To understand why the markets react — or...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Stocks were mixed last week amid a busy week of earnings, some troubling economic data, and seemingly little progress on a new fiscal stimulus package.The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.16%, while the Standard &...

Thursday, July 30, 2020

United States’ output, as measured by GDP, told us what we already knew. The economy suffered its worst contraction on record in the second quarter. Other data released today gives a better picture what the future might hold....

Monday, July 20, 2020

We are already witnessing a V-shared recovery in equity markets, but economic data is just starting to rebound. The U.S. consumer will ultimately decide the shape of the economic recovery. While consumer spending is increasing, the...

Thursday, July 9, 2020

In another strange twist to 2020, tax day falls in the middle of July this year. The latest commentary from Cetera Investment Management, It’s Tax Day—In July?!, discusses the impact of taxes on investing, municipal...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Cetera Investment Management has released its Third Quarter 2020 Outlook titled, Longest Expansion, Followed by the Shortest Recession?In this outlook, they discuss the economic recovery as the economic data is starting to rebound...

Monday, June 15, 2020

Weekly Recap June 8-12, 2020 RecapWorst Week in Nearly Three MonthsFederal Reserve Provides a Dosage of Reality The three major U.S. equity indices finished higher on Friday in a broad but overall modest recovery from a steep 7...

Monday, June 8, 2020

A month ago, we shared three primary economic and market predictions for the balance of 2020. They were a U-shaped economic recovery, elevated market volatility without retesting lows, and a rotation into different types of companies...

Monday, June 1, 2020

Weekly Recap May 25-29, 2020 Recap Reopening Optimism Holds China Tensions Trim Gains Equities rallied into the close Friday for a second straight week as optimism over restarting American businesses overshadowed a flurry of market...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Weekly Recap May 18 - 22, 2020 Recap Best Week in a Month Small Caps OutperformEquities rallied into the close Friday to cap a volatile but positive week as investors weighed business reopening news and plans against a backdrop of...

Friday, May 22, 2020

Right now, it’s easy to look at the ups and downs of the markets and want to get out altogether. Emotional investing—or having a knee-jerk reaction to a single market event—can quickly derail progress toward your financial goals...

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Despite a historic downturn in employment, stocks managed to climb higher last week as investors were emboldened by the pace of economic re-openings, both here and abroad. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.56%, while the...

Friday, May 8, 2020

Our Three Predictions for the Rest of 2020 The economy will likely experience a U-shaped recover Market volatility will remain elevated, but we do not expect a retest of March lows Widening market breadth could lead to a shift in...

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Stock prices ended the week slightly lower, despite news of positive results from a test trial of a COVID-19 drug treatment and several states easing their economic lockdowns. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.22%, while the...

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Stock prices bounced around last week as investors reacted to wild swings in the price of oil and reports that called into question the efficacy of two potential virus treatments. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 1.93%,...

Monday, April 20, 2020

With Nowhere to Store Oil, Prices Plunge Contracts to buy oil are expiring and there is a shortage of oil storage tanks. We expect oil prices to be subdued for a while as demand isn’t expected to pick up. We recommend...

Friday, April 17, 2020

Stock Markets Rebound, But Questions Linger U.S. equities are rallying today on overnight news. Lingering uncertainties may drive market volatility in the coming weeks. We expect some near-term weakness but not to market-lows seen in...

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Here’s a quick refresher: a correction is defined as a decline of 10% or greater from a recent high in the financial markets. Corrections can last anywhere from days to months, but few have lasted longer. Recently, we’ve...

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Cetera Investment Management Commentary 04/02/2020 Setting Expectations for the Second Quarter After the massive stimulus package, stocks remain volatile. Volatility will remain until there is more clarity around the virus itself. We...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dear Clients, We know when there is global panic, it spills into our community, affecting our families and day-to-day routines, and can cause great concern. Understandably, we expect that many of you are nervous about these current...

Monday, March 16, 2020

In your investing lifetime, you may only see a situation like the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a few times. This is a circumstance where complete candor is necessary. The truth is that we can’t yet gauge the full economic...

Thursday, January 16, 2020

A 2020 forecast, recently published by Cetera® Investment Management titled, It’s Always a Matter of Perspective, takes a multi-perspective look at the economy and the markets to help give a better understanding of how things...

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Coble Cravens recently hosted an informative event for women, geared toward how to be informed and active in their family's financial life. Here are some of the highlights and take-aways from that event. Click to learn more Women and...

Monday, September 16, 2019

Can Your Financial Plan Weather a Natural Disaster? On the heels of recent weather events in the news, it’s relevant that September is National Preparedness Month, an important reminder for Americans to be prepared for disasters...

Monday, August 26, 2019

Feeling a little déjà vu? You’re not alone. Cetera Investment Management's latest commentary takes a neon-colored look at 10 ways today’s markets resemble the 1990s, including long-running bull markets, a...

Monday, May 6, 2019

Many of our clients ask for helpful tips they can share with their children on managing finances, estate planning, and particularly, what they need to know as beneficiaries. We know these conversations can be difficult to initiate,...

Monday, April 1, 2019

It is well known that the stock market goes up, and the stock market goes down, but investors are supposed to keep their wits about them and focus on their long-term goals and hold steady. But it can be hard to sit idly by and watch...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

How do you connect online with your loved ones, your friends, your co-workers? Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp? Do you shop on Amazon.com, eBay or other sites? Do you use a...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

What will cost more (or less) in the months ahead? Rising interest rates, falling oil prices, increasing healthcare costs and a softening housing market are among many economic factors that may trickle down to your wallet in 2019....

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Just why are the markets so volatile lately? Until early 2018, stocks were enjoying their longest period without a 5% pullback in nearly 90 years.1,2 But in early February 2018, that calm came to a sudden and decisive end, as the...

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Cetera Investment Management has released its 2019 Annual Outlook Summary titled, The Marathon Economic Expansion is Slowing. In this outlook summary, they discuss the second longest economic expansion in U.S. history and its...

Monday, December 10, 2018

Cetera Investment Management has just released a new market commentary titled, Worries Plague Markets: Focus on These Positives. This commentary discusses the continued market selloff and the reasons behind current investor pessimism....

Sunday, December 2, 2018

A Financial Checklist for the Holidays As the year draws to a close, most of us look to holiday planning, getting our house ready for guests and finding the perfect gifts. We might forget the importance of another type of planning for...

Monday, November 26, 2018

Cetera Investment Management has released a new market commentary titled Back to the 90s: 10 Ways Today is Like the 1990s and Why It’s Not. This commentary discusses 10 similarities that the current market environment shares...

Monday, November 12, 2018

Best Two-Week Gain Since February November 5 - 9, 2018 Recap • Stocks Trim Weeky Gains. U.S. stocks finished lower on Friday, trimming weekly gains as a two-week plunge in oil prices and an earnings-driven resumption in tech...

Monday, November 5, 2018

Best Week in Over Six Months October 29 - November 2, 2018 Recap • Stocks Rebound After October Rout. U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday, ending its first three-day rally since September 20, but the S&P 500 still recorded its...

Monday, October 29, 2018

Stocks Slump Amid Challenging Earnings October 22-26, 2018 Recap • Most Volatile Week Since February. U.S. stocks slumped last week, with the S&P 500 finishing a volatile week just shy of a 10% correction from its September 20...

Monday, October 22, 2018

WEEKLY VANTAGE POINT Stocks End Narrowly MixedOctober 15-19, 2018 Recap Tariff Concerns Appear in Earnings Guidance. U.S. stocks gave back strong intra-day gains on Friday to finish mixed as investors assessed generally positive...