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What To Do When the Market is Up

Regardless of whether you are an avid reader of Market Watch or just tune in to the nightly news every now and then, you know that 2017 was a banner year for stocks. In fact, both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 celebrated the launch of 2018 by reaching record highs1 and until the beginning of February 2018, we were experiencing the second-longest bull market since 1929. 

 

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Do You Understand Your Emotions About Money?

When it comes to making financial decisions, whether that’s buying a new TV or investing an inheritance, most of us know the wise thing to do. We know not to spend more than we have, to stay disciplined when the markets go haywire, and to set aside funds for a rainy day. But just because our brains know the right thing to do, our emotions often make the decisions for us. If you’ve ever had buyer’s remorse after making a big purchase or avoided making a budget, you know firsthand how much of a role emotions play in our financial lives. Psychologists refer to these emotions and beliefs we hold about money as “money scripts.”1

 

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Are You Covered by These Five Key Insurance Policies?

Insurance is one of those financial products that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Most of us purchase a policy, then forget about it, thinking we have done our due diligence and crossed that off the financial responsibility to-do list. But a great investment portfolio means nothing if your financial plan doesn’t include appropriate protection against risks. Risk management through insurance is a critical part of a comprehensive financial plan. Without adequate insurance coverage, your financial future is not secure.

 

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Should You Pay Down Your Mortgage or Invest the Money?

We all know that the number one rule of finance is to earn and save more than you spend. But after budgeting and working hard for decades, you may start accumulating more money each month than you actually need. The question is, what’s the most appropriate way to use it? 

 

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