Are Your Beliefs Blocking Your Financial Success?

July 20, 2017 | posted in: Blog, Financial Insights | by

Our biases and emotions can block investment success, but financial advisors can help.
By uncovering the behavioral biases that might affect our financial decisions, we may have a better chance of meeting long-term goals. Read more about six common barriers to investment success, from Franklin Templeton, here.

What You Need to Know About Retirement, At Every Age

July 12, 2017 | posted in: Blog, Financial Insights | by

Are you dreaming of retiring, someday, with your desired lifestyle? There are crucial steps for every age to help you make those dreams come true! Click here to read more from NBC News’ Kelsey Butler.

2017 – What a year it’s been so far!

While anxieties mount, global equity prices remain at or near all-time highs.
Says LPL Financial’s Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick, “2017 has so far been one of the least volatile years we’ve seen in decades. However, boring isn’t always a bad thing, as some of the markets’ best performances took place amid very low volatility.” Check out LPL’s key takeaways in full detail here.

6 ways to fraud-proof your retirement savings

July 3, 2017 | posted in: Blog, Financial Insights | by

You’ve worked hard for your retirement savings – don’t be defrauded out of them!
According to Steve Vernon, “Fraudsters target people of all ages, but older adults with retirement savings are particularly lucrative targets. And the consequences of fraud and exploitation can have a devastating impact on older adults who depend on their retirement savings after they leave the workforce.”  Read more about the issue, and the solutions, to safeguard your savings.

A Technical Check-In: The Global Bull Market Looks Strong

From LPL Research this week, we learn that “The global equity bull market is alive and well, with very broad participation. Longer-term technicals continue to look very healthy and strong, even as the bull market and economic recovery in the U.S. turns eight years old. A closer look at key indexes suggests the path of least resistance remains higher for stocks, although it likely won’t be an easy ride, as volatility could creep higher during the second half of 2017.” Key takeaways include that longer-term technical indicators on equities continue to look strong; and global equity strength is yet another clue that the current bull market is still alive and well. Click here to read the full analysis from Burt White, Chief Investment Officer; Ryan Detrick, CMT Senior Market Strategist; and Dave Tonaszuck, CMT Technical Strategist, all from LPL Financial.

Business Fundamentals Back at the Controls

In this week’s Weekly Market Commentary, LPL Financial shares its Mid-Year Outlook for 2017. Key takeaways include: LPL Research forecasts 6–9% returns for the S&P 500 in 2017, commensurate with expected earnings gains. As investors increasingly trust that the economycan stand on its own without the need of monetary policy support, business fundamentals should take over as the primary market engine. The economic expansion is poised to continue, and powered by business fundamentals, this eight-year-old bull market will probably continue as well. Stocks are in a good position to stand on their own as monetary policy support is removed and deliver modest additional gains in the second half of 2017. Read the complete report from LPL Finanical’s Burt White, Chief Investment Officer, and Jeffrey Buchbinder, CFA Market Strategist.