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Weekly Market Commentary – August 26, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – August 26, 2019

Global stocks were having a positive week until an escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China pushed the market lower Friday morning. The S&P 500 dropped 2.6% on Friday after the president indicated the U.S. would respond to additional Chinese tariffs. 

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Breaking Down The Basics Of HSAs

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Breaking Down The Basics Of HSAs

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) might be the single most powerful tax-advantaged savings vehicle in the IRS tax code. You can deduct contributions, experience tax-deferred gains and withdraw money tax free for qualified tax expenditures.

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Weekly Market Commentary – August 19, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – August 19, 2019

Volatility continued to rise last week as the markets swung sharply in both directions. Markets moved more than 1% on four days. The most impactful event was the two-year yield temporarily rising above the 10-year yield, a move that has coincided with the last seven recessions.

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Weekly Market Commentary – August 12, 2019

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary – August 12, 2019

Like some employees, the stock market had a great week, if you don’t count Monday. After falling nearly 3% on Monday, the market steadied as the back-and-forth between China and the U.S. calmed.

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Weekly Market Commentary – August 5, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – August 5, 2019

Major news buffeted the market last week. The Federal Reserve cut rates as expected, but the press conference and vote margin suggested the cut does not signal more to come, which disappointed investors. Additional tariffs on Chinese goods were announced by President Trump, and the U.S. employment market remained strong.

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3 Money-Smart Strategies for 529 College Savings Plans

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3 Money-Smart Strategies for 529 College Savings Plans

Between squeaky new shoes, fresh pencils, packs of index cards, trendy new backpacks and other learning supplies, back-to-school shopping in the U.S. is expected to exceed $27 billion this year – about $510 per household. That’s a lot of Trapper Keepers.

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Weekly Market Commentary – July 29, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – July 29, 2019

U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) rose enough to calm recession worries, but not enough to cause the Federal Reserve to stray from an expected interest rate cut this week. The S&P 500 resumed its steady climb as positive earnings news and the economic data reassured investors. The S&P 500 climbed 1.7%.

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How a 529 College Savings Plan Can Help Make Summer Dreams a Reality

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How a 529 College Savings Plan Can Help Make Summer Dreams a Reality

I have always loved the feeling of summer. Once Memorial Day celebrations kick off, the atmosphere seems to relax. Sunshine, water and sunscreen seem to be everyone’s focus. Long, warm nights are filled with the sounds of lawn mowers and children laughing.

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Weekly Market Commentary – July 22, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – July 22, 2019

The S&P 500’s steady climb took a pause last week as quarterly earnings reports and Fed comments drew the greatest attention from investors. The S&P 500 dropped 1.2%. The MSCI ACWI slid 0.6% as international stocks regained some ground after last week’s underperformance of U.S. markets. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index climbed 0.4%.

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Weekly Market Commentary – July 15, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – July 15, 2019

The S&P 500 continued its steady climb and ended the week at a new record high. Investors remain confident the Federal Reserve will lower rates at its meeting in late July. The S&P 500 climbed 0.8% for the week. The MSCI ACWI gained 0.2%.

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