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Market Predictions

Prediction Season!

David Shotwell

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_14.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’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 […]

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Life Planning Is Financial Planning Done Right

Life Planning is Financial Planning Done Right

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https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_11.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLife Planning is a personal approach to financial planning that starts with a conversation about your life goals and dreams. We often don’t give ourselves the time and space to really think about what we want for our lives now, in the near future, and in retirement As humans, […]

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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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Learning About Financial Planning with our Intern Joel

Learning About Financial Planning with our Intern Joel

David Shotwell

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_10.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHere at Shotwell Rutter Baer, we have a genuine bright spot to brag about in 2020. We launched a Financial Planning internship program this year and were lucky enough to hire Joel. He is currently a senior in Michigan State’s International Business program. Last week, Nick and I sat […]

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How Well Do You Know Your Financial Advisor

How Well Do You Know Your Financial Advisor?

David Shotwell

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_12.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDon’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 […]

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Individual Stocks

Why We Don’t Recommend Individual Stocks

David Shotwell

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_13.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFrequently when we meet people who handle their own investments, they like to talk about individual stocks. I can understand why. Individual stocks have a story that you can wrap your head around, such as Pfizer creating a vaccine for Corona Virus, to borrow from current headlines. Or Tesla […]

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When Should You Refinance Your Mortgage

When should you refinance your mortgage?

David Shotwell

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_9.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen should you refinance your mortgage? Low-interest rates may not be good for your savings account, but it could save you thousands of dollars on your mortgage loan. How do you tell if now’s the right time for you to refinance your existing mortgage? You may think that this […]

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Evaluating the State of Michigan Health Plan Options

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The State of Michigan is in round two of open enrollment for 2020, and there are some changes in the State of Michigan Health Plan Options that are worth evaluating. Here are our thoughts on how to assess the State of Michigan’s health plans for 2021.  What’s changing?  The significant change for 2021 is the […]

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Saving When Interest Rates Are Low. Iron bench on dock by lake in the fall

Four Tips for Saving When Interest Rates are Low

David Shotwell

https://media.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/p/content.blubrry.com/kitchen_table_finance/kitchen_table_7.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDo you have money in savings that could be working better for you somewhere else? Interest rates are low right now. That’s great if you are a borrower, but not so great if you have savings in the bank. With all the economic upheaval from the Covid – 19 […]

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