Exchange-Traded Funds Are a Safer Alternative to Stock Investing As an indexed security, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are still susceptible to market fluctuations. However, they are a portfolio of investments, which provides greater diversification for the investor than owning an individual stock or bond. The funds are diversified by the ETF’s management and it takes the…

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In U.S. History, We Have Experienced Many Market Recessions: Causes varied greatly and could often be tied to contractionary monetary policy, instituted to reduce inflation. “Contractionary policy refers to either a reduction in government spending, particularly deficit spending, or a reduction in the rate of monetary expansion by a central bank. It is a type…

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Retirement is supposed to be a fulfilling and rewarding chapter of your life — but it can feel less than relaxing if it’s not well planned for. To ensure you’re able to live comfortably in life’s next chapter, start planning early and take advantage of technology to help you monitor your success. Here are four…

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Major Life Events Are Financially Complex You might think that you only need a financial advisor for retirement or investment questions, but there are a number of common situations that necessitate complicated paperwork and financial decision making. Rather than do everything yourself, sometimes the best way to get things done correctly is to seek financial…

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What Goes Up, Must Come Down Newton’s laws of motion and gravity are often applied to economics and the stock market. While this generally explains a natural path of the economic cycle, the key question for most investors is: When will the stock market go down? While no one can predict market directions with exact accuracy, economists…

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If you read the news yesterday, then you probably noticed the Dow Jones dropped more than 800 points.” Both the Dow and S&P 500 posted their biggest one-day drops since early February, while the Nasdaq notched its largest single day sell-off since June 24, 2016 (CNBC).” Leading up to the Great Recession, one of the…

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Austin First Financial is the parent company of The Retirement Instructor. I founded Austin First Financial, Inc in 1999 to aid Austin residents with their retirement planning. Since then, The Retirement Instructor was founded for my adult education classes. The Austin American Statesman & Austin360 polled the Austin community and they discovered that Austin First…

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Solomon API is a Powerful AI Investment Tool Solomon API is an artificial intelligence tool for global economic research. Solomon utilizes quantitative modeling and real-time global data assimilation to present you with data in an easy-to-process format. In addition, Solomon utilizes translation to help investors capture bull market opportunities and avoid severe market corrections. Solomon…

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2018 Started off Strong The first half of 2018 went well in terms of market performance and economic growth. In fact, the second longest-running bull market in U.S. stock market history managed to weather a few bumps and bruises to climb even higher. That’s the good news.1 Is Economic Change Coming? The bad news is…

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