Compassion for Others

Compassion is as vital to life as the air we breathe. Imagine our history without Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., an innocent bystander running to the aid of an accident victim, or nameless people who risked their lives to save others during wartime. If this quality of compassion has the power to transform the outcome of daily events in life, it surely must have the power to transform our hearts and encourage all kinds of positive behavior.    Read more

Halloween: The History of One of the Most Mysterious Holidays

Halloween is full of fun, scares, and a little bit of mystery. But what few people may realize is that the holiday that is now represented by candy, costumes, and the occasional mischief, has evolved drastically over time with multiple cultures adding a little bit to create the holiday that is now widely celebrated across the country. Below is a little history on one of the most favorite holidays to shed some light on its mysterious past.   Read more

Beige Book Shows Pace of Recovery is Moderating

We have seen a historic rebound in economic growth since the US economy emerged from lockdowns, but the pace of the economic rebound has tapered in recent weeks as the effects of fiscal stimulus fade. The recently released Federal Reserve (Fed) Beige Book appears to show that economic activity has become more segmented, with changes in activity varying greatly by sector—consistent with what we’ve seen from manufacturing and services data. Read more

What Worked In Q3

Stocks fared well during the third quarter despite September’s weakness, with the S&P 500 Index returning about 9%. The quarterly gain brought the return through the first nine months of the year to 5.6%. Here we peel back the onion on the third quarter’s stock performance to look at what worked and what didn’t. Read more

Three Tips for Planning Your Income in Retirement

If you’ve been diligently saving for your retirement, you may often find yourself wondering when you can afford to set an official retirement date. The answer to this question can often depend on how much monthly or annual income your retirement portfolio can generate. Read on for three tips to help you plan your income in retirement.   Read more

COVID-19 Trends Weaken the Case for Investing in Europe

In recent months, we have warmed up to Europe as a destination for equity investments in global portfolios. Through July, Europe had done a relatively good job containing the first wave of COVID-19, and cases were plummeting to multi-month lows. Meanwhile, the United States was struggling with its second wave—or perhaps the second phase of the first wave—and was seeing cases surge in July despite the warm summer weather. Read more