4 Investment Strategies to Grow Wealth (Infographic)

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There’s no better time than now to start saving for the future. Retirement is becoming longer and more expensive with many costs likely to come out of your own pocket. Here are 4 investment strategies to get you on the right path and give yourself an edge toward meeting your retirement goals. (Click infographic to enlarge.) 4 Investment Strategies to ... Read More »

What % of Your Salary Should You Save For Retirement?

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The annualized growth rate of the S&P 500 over the past 50 years was 8%. To help put this into perspective, let’s say someone received a $10,000 inheritance in 1965. Instead of simply putting the money into a savings account that earned very little interest, he/she decided to invest in a portfolio that closely tracks the S&P 500 Index. If ... Read More »

Is Deflation Knocking at the Door?

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Global investors may point to the US as a relative beacon right now, but even that high praise isn’t looking terribly sure-footed. Earlier this week, the World Bank cut its outlook for global growth in 2015, saying that strength in the US and plummeting oil prices won’t offset deepening trouble in the eurozone and emerging markets.1 According to the Wall ... Read More »

Lobbyists Looking Ahead to 2016

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Here it is, barely 2015, and one industry – lobbying — is already skipping ahead another 12 months. Not that the jockeying just started – as soon as the midterm elections ended last November, the “Will They Or Won’t They Run?” presidential election guessing game was underway. For the Democrats, the putative front-runner is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ... Read More »

Cancer Drug Stocks Off To a Strong Start

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A plethora of positive study data has provided an early-year lift to the stocks of companies focused developing cancer medications. The Battling Cancer motif is up 7.0% over the past month, during a stretch when the S&P 500 has dropped 2.6%. Over the past 12 months, the motif has gained 16.1%; the S&P 500 is up 12.0%. The motif has ... Read More »

Six Myths Of Retirement Planning

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The topic of retirement is often discussed, but typically only at a surface level. One might commonly speak to their colleagues about investment ideas or the rising or falling stock market, but rarely about how it specifically affects them and their retirement plans. Meaty retirement topics are quite often ignored and unknowingly, many retirement myths begin to creep in. Instead ... Read More »

In 2015, Dividends May Deliver Yet Again

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Dividend growth continued to shine last year, and many analysts are predicting the same for this year, with projections of higher payouts combining with expectations that the recent stock rally is showing signs of exhaustion. While stocks put up a double-digit-percentage gain in 2014, the S&P 500 has only risen 3% in the past month. That’s not to say there’s ... Read More »

Rental Supply Surging, But Landlords Still Have Leverage

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The average landlord might tell you that the residential rental market is beginning to cool off. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all downhill from here. As a CNBC.com article pointed out last week, higher rents are still being collected: Average rents rose 3.5% in 2014, their highest growth rate since 2007. With rents setting new records, and an improving ... Read More »

Cheap Gas Is Filling Up Restaurant Seats

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The triple-play of a recovering economy, rising consumer confidence, and lower gasoline prices may be doing the trick for the restaurant industry. A CNBC.com article recently noted that for the first time since November 2012, the industry’s same-store traffic grew this past October, according to data from Black Box Intelligence, which tracks more than 20,000 restaurants.1 The increases were “largely ... Read More »