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Market Month Review July 2018 - Favorable economic indicators and encouraging corporate earnings reports helped propel stocks forward in July. Market growth has come despite trade wars between the United States and other trade partners, particularly China. Earlier in the month, the world's two largest economies imposed tariffs of $34 billion on each other's goods. Toward the end of July, there was hope of reopening negotiations between the U.S. and China in an attempt to diffuse the ongoing trade war. Domestically, the U.S. economy appears to be thriving. Over 210,000 new jobs were added in June, although wages have grown by only 2.7% over the last 12 months. Nevertheless, consumers are making more and spending more, while inflationary pressures on prices for goods and services remain in check.
Annual Market Review 2017 - The year 2017 was eventful, to say the least. President Trump and Congress tried, without success, to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. However, the new year-end tax law included the elimination of the individual health insurance mandate.
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|Debt Ceiling: A Stop Sign for Federal Borrowing - The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 suspended the federal government's statutory debt limit — commonly called the debt ceiling — through March 15, 2017.|
|Holding Equities for the Long Term: Time Vs Timing - Legendary investor Warren Buffett is famous for his long-term perspective. He has said that he likes to make investments he would be comfortable holding even if the market shut down for 10 years.|
|Handling Market Volatility - Conventional wisdom says that what goes up must come down. But even if you view market volatility as a normal occurrence, it can be tough to handle when your money is at stake.|
|11 Ways to Stay Sane in a Crazy Market - Keeping your cool can be hard to do when the market goes on one of its periodic roller-coaster rides. It's useful to have strategies in place that prepare you both financially and psychologically to handle market volatility.|
|How To Be a Better Investor - Watch this video for simple tips and guidance from reviewing your portfolio regularly, to making sure it is diversified.|
|Serving As Financial Caregiver - More people are playing the role of financial caregiver. Read this article to learn steps to prepare yourself.|
|Financial Planning: Seeing the Big Picture - A comprehensive financial plan serves as a framework for organizing the pieces of your financial picture. It helps you better focus on your goals and what it will take to reach them.|
|"Estate Planning" Doesn't Require a lot of Money - Planning for the handling of our assets as we age isn't something we like to think about, but it is an important process. Individuals do not complete estate plans for themselves; they do it for their loved-ones.|
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