Despite a week marked by political unrest and a poor jobs report, the stock market continued its trend from last year and started 2021 with a positive week, even ending the week at record levels. The focus going into the week was the runoff elections in Georgia, which would determine which party controls the Senate […]
2020 will forever be remembered as the year of a global pandemic. Most of us spent the year quarantined in our homes becoming professionals at Zoom and other video chatting platforms. That alone would lead one to believe it was a poor year for the stock market. When you then add a contentious U.S. presidential […]
If you are like most people, you probably think 2021 cannot come soon enough. 2020 was a year of chaos and uncertainty, and the idea of what is normal has changed completely.  Navigating such a tumultuous time has required a lot of pivoting. Every part of life has been impacted by the experiences of 2020 […]
Dec 28th, 2020
All eyes were focused on Washington D.C. last week as Congress continued negotiations on a pandemic stimulus bill. Yet, this uncertainty did not slow down the stock market, specifically technology stocks, as much as one might think, with the S&P 500 Index closing at a record high on Thursday. But what is driving stocks to […]
Catastrophe can strike at any time. How well protected are you? While insurance salespeople get a bad rap and are the butts of many jokes, insurance is a necessary evil. Insurance is like a firewall against catastrophic financial loss. With so many of us living paycheck-to-paycheck, we may be one illness, one layoff, one traffic […]
Dec 10th, 2020
Positive reports of stimulus negotiations in Washington D.C. sent the S&P 500 Index to another positive week. Even on Friday, when the November jobs report disappointed and showed slowing growth in the labor market, the index went on to trade at a record high. While the stock market and economy are related to each other, […]
Just a few months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic was sending the world into lockdowns and dramatically impacting asset prices, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a low approaching 18,000. Last week, that same index crossed above the 30,000 mark for the first time. While the Dow is only 30 stocks and does not tell […]
For better or worse, the 2020 Holiday season is going to be unlike any other holiday season we’ve seen. With COVID-19 cases rising once again, online shopping will replace in-person holiday shopping almost completely. Maybe that is a glimpse into our future consumer habits; who could resist getting their holiday shopping done and checked off […]
Nov 24th, 2020