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Weekly Market Commentary April 24, 2017

In the thick of earnings season, markets swayed with a flurry of mixed reports from banks and industrials. For the week, the S&P 500 climbed 0.9%. The MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI), which includes U.S. and international stock markets, rose 0.6%, and the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index was unchanged. After a recent rally, oil fell sharply, dropping 7% last week. Read more

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How to Set up a Trust

Published by Beth Schanou, Director of Wealth and Estate Planning

A trust can be a necessary tool for an estate plan. But, you may ask, what is a trust? Put very simply, a trust is created with a formal legal document to manage assets for beneficiaries. The trust is created by a person called the Settlor or Grantor, and a Trustee is appointed to follow the rules of the trust for management of the trust and its assets for the beneficiaries’ benefit. Read more

Blog

How to Set up a Trust

Published by Beth Schanou, Director of Wealth and Estate Planning

A trust can be a necessary tool for an estate plan. But, you may ask, what is a trust? Put very simply, a trust is created with a formal legal document to manage assets for beneficiaries. The trust is created by a person called the Settlor or Grantor, and a Trustee is appointed to follow the rules of the trust for management of the trust and its assets for the beneficiaries’ benefit. Read more

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary April 17, 2017

Geopolitics, earnings and inflation news dominated the global investment environment this week. While earnings news was generally positive, higher geopolitical risk and inflation helped push U.S. markets lower. The S&P 500 fell 1.1% through Thursday and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1.0%. The NASDAQ slid 1.2%. Read more

2017 Q2 Market Outlook Video

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2017 2nd Quarter Outlook Video

Your Carson Institutional Alliance Investment Committee discusses market updates from the past quarter and provides an outlook on the upcoming quarter. Contact us to speak with a Wealth Advisor. Read more

3 Reasons To Consider Long-Term Care Coverage

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3 Reasons To Consider Long-Term Care Coverage

Many are surprised to learn that Medicare doesn’t cover long-term nursing facilities or in-home care. Long-term care insurance can help offset these high costs. Looking for guidance? Watch the video below to learn 3 reasons to consider long-term care coverage and see how a financial advisor could help. Read more

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary April 10, 2017

During the past week, movement in the equity markets was largely dictated by the release of the minutes from last month’s Federal Reserve meeting. Two major themes stood out with the first being the gradual reduction of the Fed’s massive $4.5 trillion balance sheet. The second is that certain members of the central bank have begun voicing concerns over current stock valuations, noting that prices across domestic and emerging markets equities are quite high. Read more

Monthly Newsletters

April Monthly Newsletter: 86% of Americans Are Stressed About Their Finances

A recent, nationwide survey of approximately 1,000 adults found that 86% of those surveyed indicated they are experiencing stress relating to their finances.[1]  Why is this important? According to that same survey, nearly half of those who indicated they are experiencing financial stress believe their stress hinders their ability to make financial decisions. Read more

Videos

Is Your Advisor A Fiduciary?

A fiduciary is an advisor whom is required to make decisions in your best interest and is not conflicted by fees he or she receives when giving financial advice. Watch this video for important tips that may help you determine if your advisor is a fiduciary. Read more

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary April 3, 2017

Over the past week, the uncertainty surrounding President Trump’s policy-making has shifted to his ability to institute tax reform and establish infrastructure expenditures. While many investors expected a major sell-off on the fallout surrounding the failure of Trump’s healthcare bill in Congress, the markets unexpectedly closed the week on a positive note. Read more