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Perspective on Current Market Events

Perspective on Current Market Events

It looks like the U.S. stock market will finally get something that happens, on average, about once a year: a 10+% percent drop—the definition of a market correction. One of the more memorable times this happened was a whopper—the Great Recession drop that caused U.S....

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2017 Year-End Report: Are the Rapids Coming?

2017 Year-End Report: Are the Rapids Coming?

The bull market continued for another year, causing market indices to soar to new heights over and over again and—ominously—also pushing valuations further beyond the long-term averages. A breakdown shows that just about everything gained in 2017. The Wilshire 5000...

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Cryptocurrency Craze

Cryptocurrency Craze

By:  Kirk Licata, CFP® Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have officially become popular topics of conversation on Main Street, but will these currencies have a place on Wall Street? In the last few months, clients, family, and friends have increasingly been asking...

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The Path to Retirement: Savings > Returns

The Path to Retirement: Savings > Returns

by Mike McKay and Clete Miller, LongView Wealth Management Advisers analyze markets and make assumptions in order to forecast how much savings are required now to successfully meet retirement goals later. People are living longer, causing an obvious increase in the...

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2017 Third Quarter Report: Don’t Bail Out Now!

2017 Third Quarter Report: Don’t Bail Out Now!

The last few years of a bull market are always a bit of a mystery to professional investors.  The market rises faster than it did in the early, cautious years when nobody believed there WAS a bull market, even though there appear to be fewer fundamental or economic...

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So, Equifax had a data breach. What should we do now?

So, Equifax had a data breach. What should we do now?

by Susan Ganser, CFP®, LongView Wealth Management As you may have heard, Equifax, a credit reporting agency based in Atlanta, recently announced a data breach, and we are getting all kinds of questions about this from clients, family, and friends. Like many of you, I...

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How to Respond to a Data Breach

How to Respond to a Data Breach

You may have read that hackers broke into the Equifax database and stole personal information tied to 143 million people. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also...

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Measuring the Cost of Mortgage Insurance

Measuring the Cost of Mortgage Insurance

By: Kirk Licata, CFP® My wife, Kelly, and I recently purchased a home and ideally wanted to put down less than 20% as a down payment. But doing so brought up the need for mortgage insurance. Being the analytical person that I am, I’m afraid that I may have possibly...

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2017 Second Quarter Report: Is the Tide Turning?

2017 Second Quarter Report: Is the Tide Turning?

We have just experienced the third-best first half, in terms of U.S. market returns, of the 2000s.The Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index—the broadest measure of U.S. stocks—rose 2.95% for the quarter, finishing the first half of the year up 8.73%.  Meanwhile, the...

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The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum

By Wes Bigler, CFP®, CEO As a young student in the wilds of Wyoming, I enjoyed reading the short stories of Edgar Allen Poe. Many of his stories captured my imagination; but my favorite was a spine tingling tale of cruelty and torture – The Pit and the Pendulum. In...

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