A Kinder, Gentler America

We’ve been through some tough years and many folks are still struggling. While recently we’ve seen signs of economic improvement and a decrease in unemployment, increased gas prices and little movement in home real estate values may still be weighing heavy on our minds.   So with this post we’re focusing on positive stories in […]

What Inflation Feels Like

If you exclude gas prices, recent data from the Labor Department reveal that inflation isn’t exactly taking off. In fact, food prices were unchanged for the first time in 19 months. The Labor Department reported that the Consumer Price Index rose 0.4% in February after advancing 0.2% in January. Gasoline accounted for more than 80% […]

The Scoop on Rising Oil Prices

Fidelity Investments is taking a positive view of the recent rise in oil prices – saying it’s due to the economic recovery. In recent years, soaring gas prices have often been blamed on rising military conflict in oil-rich nations in the Middle East. But according to Fidelity, recent activity indicates that the current oil rally […]

Social Media and the IPO World

Facebook, Zynga, Yelp. Words that held no special meaning ten years ago are now daily news headlines. Social media has pervaded nearly every aspect of our society, from the young to the old, from business to consumers, from virtual to mobile – from elementary school students to institutional investors. Currently, social networking is the most […]

Retirement: The Real Picture

According to a new report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), on average retirees spend about 80% of what working households spend.1 In other words, in retirement you should count only needing about 80% of the annual income that you earn in the decade prior to retiring. What’s interesting, though, is that you’re more […]

Follow the Money? How About Follow the Jobs.

Why is the job market recovery so slow?   We know why real estate values remain low: Potential homebuyers can’t commit to buying a house when they’re out of work or afraid they might get laid off.  And then there are workers whose salary increases have been frozen for a couple of years now, or […]

Taking Stock of U.S. Stocks

You’ll often hear financial advisors say the biggest investment risk is not having enough money accumulated by the time you retire. That’s all well and good, but it’s not really actionable advice. On the cusp of our nation’s recovery, there are strong reasons to view U.S. equities as the key to the future – both […]

Annuities Anew: New Proposals, More Options

According to a 2011 Retirement Survey from Wells Fargo & Company, 25% of middle class Americans say they will need to work until at least age 80 to live comfortably in retirement.1 With fewer companies offering pensions in this day and age, there is more reliance on money saved through 401(k) plans to provide income […]

A New Era of Manufacturing

 “We bet on American workers and, tonight, the American auto industry is back.”   That’s a quote from President Obama’s State of the Union Address on January 24, an hour+ plus speech that spanned the scope of America’s critical issues. One of the big messages was his support for a renaissance in domestic manufacturing to […]

Pent-Up Energy

Just recently, the Obama administration rejected the application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would stretch 1,700 miles from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. It’s been and looks to continue to be a hot issue, not just for the sake of oil production, but for American jobs as well. While jobs remain the […]