So often these days opinion is presented as fact and facts are twisted to equal one’s opinion. We work very hard to give facts when there are facts andRead more

Why are interest rates so important and what is this Federal Funds Rate that is so frequently discussed? Interest rates are important because they set the cost to borrowRead more

Under the category of “you never know” who would have thought that 8 games in to the Major League Baseball season that the Seattle Mariners would be 7-1? MyRead more

For the year 2018 the Standard & Poor 500 Index fell -4.38% but of greater significance was the -13.52% decline of the 4th quarter. Other markets, such as theRead more

In a few weeks is an election that some say is the “most significant of our lifetime”. Really? Sure, it is until the next election season when that willRead more

What can be said about this year other than it has been a whirlwind of events, economic and political. Of course, these two are so intertwined that at timesRead more

Volatility is back in the financial markets and we believe that is a good thing. Stock markets are driven by buyers and sellers. If all agree, the markets willRead more

Over the past 3 weeks we have seen significant moves in the major stock market indexes. On the following dates, The Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) was at theseRead more

January 4, 2018 – Why is the study of History so important?  If you are like many of us we did not necessarily hold those in college majoring inRead more

Another quarter and more gains for the financial markets. During this past quarter the US stock market, as measured by the Standard & Poors 500 Index, gained 4.48% bringingRead more

You no doubt have heard, or will hear, a great deal about the “new fiduciary rules” regarding retirement plans. However, before delving in to that topic a little bitRead more

Northwest companies Microsoft, Boeing and Nike are all members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow, DJIA). Another Northwest company, Amazon, has become one of the largest in theRead more

This song just continues to have the same tune, even with each successive verse. For the quarter US stocks again rose with the Standard & Poors 500 Index gainingRead more

Do you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a business, or retiring comfortably? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, andRead more

Conventional wisdom says that what goes up, must come down. But even if you view market volatility as a normal occurrence, it can be tough to handle when it’sRead more

Keeping your cool can be hard to do when the market goes on one of its periodic roller-coaster rides. It’s useful to have strategies in place that prepare youRead more