Social Security & Inflation

The Social Security Administration announced earlier this month the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be a 1.6% increase.  While this raise is lower than last year’s, the increase is tied to the consumer price index (CPI) which means inflation is currently low.  This is typically a good thing. Low inflation boosts employment, makes it more…

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Third Quarter 2019 Market Review

The stock market had mixed results for the 3rd quarter, while the bond markets and real estate provided above average returns.  The continued stories of trade tensions with China and lower interest rates were the major drivers behind the results.  While it is easy to get lost in the headlines and the short term movements of the…

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