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Starting A Budget

The Steps for Starting a Budget

David Shotwell

Are you committed to starting a budget? Budgeting is like dieting. Most of us aren’t good at it. Our brains are wired for instant gratification, not delayed consumption. Making people think about such things can be an uncomfortable part of being a financial planner. I must confess that budgeting does NOT come easily to me. […]

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Market Predictions

Prediction Season!

David Shotwell

It’s that time of year: Prediction Season! Along with new year’s resolutions, it’s time for economists and money managers to make market predictions. Some will be gloom and doom, constructing elaborate arguments about how the market is greatly overvalued and about to crash. Others will be optimistic, explaining why there’s still opportunity in the markets […]

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December 2020 Market and Economic Update

December 2020 Market and Economic Update

David Shotwell

It’s December and 2020 is drawing to a close. How has the 2020 market been doing? It’s been a year of extremes. As I write this, the stock market is making fresh highs, with the S&P 500 stock index up 14.5% for the year, despite a harrowing journey. The economy was thrown into a recession […]

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How Well Do You Know Your Financial Advisor

How Well Do You Know Your Financial Advisor?

David Shotwell

Don’t wonder if your financial advisor is trustworthy and on the level. Do some research. Trust but verify. Bernie Madoff was arrested in December 2008 when his sons revealed that his giant asset management firm was a Ponzi scheme. He had stolen an estimated $64 BILLION dollars in client assets. While most bad behavior in […]

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