Politics

What about the 2018 (midterm) elections?

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

The midterm elections are about a month away, and lots of clients are asking about their potential impact on investments. The political prognosticators call for the House of Representatives to flip to control of the Democrats while most think the Senate will remain in...

A Glimpse into Focus

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

Ralph and Mark both attended one of the most highly regarded conferences in the financial services industry, LPL Financial’s annual Focus, held this July in Boston. This is a big event. 7000 people make it happen. Ralph and Mark arrived a day early to serve on special...

If Trump is so bad, why is the market doing so good?

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

It sure looks and feels like a bull market. The S&P 500 Index set 25 new all-time highs through the first half of this year, and never once had a pullback or drop of as little as 5%. After 15 years of tough times for stock markets, are we finally returning to the...

Bankruptcy of America

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the next four years. He has been compared to the man honored on our $20 bill, Andrew Jackson, because both rode waves of populist support into the oval office. Like Jackson, it appears that he is...

Consequences of the Election Surprise

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

Donald Trump has completed his landmark quest and will become the nation’s 45th President after a contentious and often divisive campaign. In addition, the Republican Party has retained control of both houses of Congress. This outcome marks a significant reversal from...

Flaccid Recovery

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

    “Recessions and recoveries are part of any free-market economy. They cannot be avoided when individuals get to make their own decisions. JPMorgan put together a chart using information from the National Bureau of Economic Research to show how the economy...