Entries by Dennis Morton

Do safe stocks exist? Evaluating Value and Growth

If you owned stocks or a stock mutual fund last year, you are probably pretty happy with the results, but you may also be breathing a sigh of relief.  If you are anything like the many we have spoken with over the last 18 months, there is a sense that this market has been and […]

Looking Ahead: SECURE Act Update

The closing weeks of 2019 gave us plenty to celebrate and plan for as investors.  In contrast to 2018, where it was nearly impossible to find growth in stocks, bonds, or any asset for that matter, 2019 provided plenty of opportunity for returns.  There was volatility in the mix, however, as trade talks, domestic politics, […]

Setting New Year Financial Expectations

We are at the start of a new decade, which means lists and reviews of the past year and ten years.  Along with these retrospectives, we are treated to a healthy dose of predictions for what is to come (too often by financial gurus, unfortunately).  This is click bait, though. An invitation to bog ourselves […]

Cost of Trading Changes

The cost of trading changes at Charles Schwab and what it means for you and your financial advisor’s business. The Shifting Ground Under Our Feet The cost of trading has hit its lower limit: $0. In the last several weeks, after Charles Schwab announced that stock trades would be free, many major custodians and banks […]

Philanthropy at Year End

“All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away” – Peter Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life” The journey from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is a sprint this year.  A dash from expressing gratitude over turkey in November, to giving generously in December, to new beginnings in January.  I don’t know […]

Finding Identity in Retirement

How are you doing, really? Do you know someone who has floundered when they walked away from work?  Think of that person you know whose identity was tied up in the ‘uniform’ that they wore for so many years; A suit and tie or the company colors.  They identified closely with their role on a […]

When Your Paycheck Stops

How to Build Retirement Income It is a paralyzing feeling to stare at a lump sum payout of cash and think about investing it. If you’re like me, at some point you have received a bonus or a windfall in some form or size and thought, “I should invest this in something that will grow […]

An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Do you have a date set for when you will retire?  Maybe it’s the day you turn 65, or maybe when you are eligible for your full Social Security benefit. Whether it is imminent or still a few years off, you have probably thought hard about how to prepare your family and your finances for […]

Q4 Trends Affecting Investors

An Object in Motion  An object in motion tends to stay in motion… The recent news flow in both politics and the markets brings to mind Newton’s first law of motion. Trends can continue in the economy long past the time when we think they might fade.  Here are three Q4 trends affecting investors as […]

Emeritus

How to Tell Your Financial Advisor Has Retired But Forgot to Tell You Have you ever seen the word ‘Emeritus’ after the name of a professional? Attorney, Emeritus. Shareholder, Emeritus. Professor, Emeritus.  It means that this person has retired but maintains an honorary role based on their lifetime of accomplishments.  One title you will rarely […]