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As 2020 has come to a close, we can’t help but reflect on what is sure to go down as one of the most unpredictable years the financial markets have ever seen.  The pandemic that rocked the entire globe in the first quarter has changed the world forever, with the end results still very much up in the air.  New industries have literally been created overnight, while others have likely seen their fate sealed through no fault of their own.  The year 2020 will serve as a reminder to always be prepared for the unexpected.

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Despite the dire warnings of many in the media that a contested presidential election would cause mass upheaval in financial markets, relative calm has ensued. Following the election, the S&P 500 has staged a sharp rally, despite the continued uncertainty surrounding the political fallout of the results. 

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Curious about adding high-yield bonds to your portfolio? This asset class might deserve a spot. Wealth advisor Jeff Harrell shares the advice that he gave his clients at the start of the pandemic.

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The holiday season is in full swing not only for shopping, but for cyber-criminals too. We’ve begun the busiest online shopping season, and the bad guys are planning to get rich with your money. So, here are this year's Top 10 Holiday Cybersecurity Alert Tips. 

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The end of 2020 is in sight, but there is still plenty of time left to make a number of financial moves that will help improve your retirement savings, reduce your tax bill and benefit your community.

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Has the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic this year had you re-thinking your retirement strategy? This may be the time to conduct a financial stress test.

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284 Tue, 12/01/2020 - 16:38

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As I’m writing this blog entry, it’s the week of Thanksgiving. Sure, this year is going to be different, but the principles of gratitude and community cannot be removed from this great American tradition.

284 Fri, 10/16/2020 - 09:54

Are you tired of the overly negative sentiment of today’s media? The nonstop negativity about the impact of the election outcome, Coronavirus, etc.? Fear sells, and as humans, we know how to use it to motivate our behaviors…welcome modern marketing. 

285 Tue, 10/13/2020 - 12:27

coronavirus market worries

What a wild and crazy year 2020 has been. The fortitude of most investors has already been tested multiple times, and with the election only a few weeks away, many will continue to have their blood pressure and risk tolerance tested. 

281 Tue, 10/13/2020 - 11:12

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After every major stock market decline a handful of investors will start asking themselves why they didn’t sell after the market dropped around 10%? The logic appears so simple after the stock market drops 20% or more, right? Investors can now see with perfect hindsight that the first 10% was only the beginning and they should have known more was to come.

281 Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:58

They’re back!! It may be hard to believe but unfettered excitement over investing in technology stocks has returned with a vengeance. It feels like a lifetime ago – actually, barely five months – when fear swept through the financial markets as the Covid-19 global pandemic sent the world economy into an abyss. Entire economies were effectively shut down with ramifications as uncertain as predicting the weather. 

27 Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:41

As creatures of habit, it often takes an intense experience to shake us out of our routines and get us to examine how we are spending our lives. For many, COVID-19 was a jolt that jump started them to examine their habits and priorities, and for some the forced sabbatical gave them the time necessary to make positive changes.

284 Wed, 09/09/2020 - 15:17

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, I noticed an important shift in my life and in the lives of many around me. I struggled to appropriately articulate this feeling, but before March of 2020, I sometimes felt like the world was on a treadmill. 

395 Mon, 08/10/2020 - 16:13

As recent graduates from Virginia Tech and the University of Georgia, we have experienced the effects of Covid-19 firsthand through finishing our senior year online, in quarantine, and without any guidance as the world has not seen a pandemic this large in over a century. 

284 Thu, 07/30/2020 - 10:06

Seriously?  Why would anyone willingly choose to run UP a hill?  The sudden burst of extra effort, a shortened stride and quickened cadence, leaning forward with your breath and heart rate accelerating.  Why run hills when you can take an easier route, staying flat or avoiding running altogether? 

284 Fri, 07/17/2020 - 17:07

The year 2020 was touted to be the year of “clarity”. Yet instead of a fun cliché, we have experienced the opposite. Covid-19 has altered our daily lives in unprecedented ways, testing the daily habits, routines, and rhythms that are often the greatest source of our happiness and success.

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