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Semana de las Ganancias

October 30th, 2017|

By Pete Biebel, Vice President

In the week before Halloween and the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) celebration, the market had a celebration of its own. I’ll call it Semana da las Ganancias, the Week of the Earnings. Last week was the current “earnings season’s” biggest week in terms of the number of companies […]

The Flight of the Bumble Beginning

February 6th, 2017|

By Pete Biebel, Vice President

I believe the market is beginning to have second thoughts about the ability of the new administration to fly the economy to new heights. As President Trump is trying to get his agenda off the ground, many of the Republicans onboard are growing suspicious of the new pilot’s aviating skills. Is […]

Decision Time

May 31st, 2016|

By Pete Biebel, Vice President

For most of the past two months the major averages have been churning sideways in the upper end of the ranges they’ve covered over the past three-and-a-half months. Coming off the lows back in February, the averages were able to rally steadily higher for the first four or five weeks off […]

The Pink Bunny Rally

March 21st, 2016|

By Pete Biebel, Vice President

It just keeps going and going and going. Maybe it’s because Easter is coming or maybe it’s because spring has sprung, but the major averages all hopped higher for their fifth week in a row. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) sprang higher by about 2¼% for the week. The S&P […]

Year-End Financial To-Do: Take a Look at Beneficiaries

November 17th, 2015|

By Theresa Fry, Vice President and Manager, IRA and Retirement Plans

If it has been a while since you last reviewed your beneficiary designations or you simply cannot remember who you named, now may be a good time to sit down and review what you have in place. For certain assets such as IRAs, 401(k)s, annuities […]

In Investing…Is There Such a Thing as Too Much of a Good Thing?

August 4th, 2015|

By Kortney Christensen, CFP®, Senior Vice President, Director of Sales and Marketing

Have you ever consumed a huge meal, and then sat on the couch with a helpless stare in your eyes feeling your stomach super-heavy and regretted it? Having too much of a good thing also applies to investing. When you have a significant portion […]

I Just Graduated: Should I Pay Off My Debt or Save For Retirement?

May 12th, 2015|

By Kortney Christensen, CFP®, Senior Vice President, Director of Sales and Marketing

Did you just graduate from college? Did you land your first professional job? Congratulations! That means you’ll be receiving your first paycheck — and you’ll need to start thinking about spending and saving decisions. Like many recent graduates, you may have student loans or […]