Black Friday Deal Sites 2013

I like to post Black Friday Deals because we ourselves are looking to see if the gifts we've picked for our kiddos are on sale. Check out the search feature on this site-- type the item you want and voila! http://www.pennypinchinmom.com/black-friday-apparel-deals-database/ Penny Pinchin' mom is a local Kansas City blogger who we feel is trustworthy [...]

November 28th, 2013|

A Thanksgiving Toast

If I could fit all of you in my dining room today, here's what I would say: Living the American Dream was not something my wife and I ever imagined in those first harrowing days of our firm; shortly after the bottom dropped out of the financial markets. Four years ago this month, Chladek Wealth [...]

November 28th, 2013|

Weekly Market Recap – November 15, 2013

It was a relatively quiet week on the U.S. data front, with the only notable releases being September international trade and the wholesale inventory report. International trade surprised to the downside – with the trade deficit widening to $41.8 billion – while inventories posted a sizeable monthly gain of 0.4%. Weaker third quarter economic growth [...]

November 15th, 2013|

Market Commentary: Crisis Averted

The US Markets had a slight pullback in the final week of the month, but finished October overall with solid gains. The highlights of the month were once again centered on politics and the Federal Reserve. The global economy collectively breathed another sigh of relief on October 16th. With less than 24 hours before the [...]

November 12th, 2013|

Will Your Tax Bill Increase?

Did you know that individuals with no change in their income from last year could potentially owe the IRS because of tax law changes that went into effect in 2013? Do you know if you’re going to be one of those individuals? The modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) threshold for paying the new 3.8% Medicare [...]

October 16th, 2013|

What kind of planner are you?

I’m obviously biased when discussing the importance of financial planning. However, I’d like to present some findings that may (or may not) surprise you. At the end, you’ll find a FREE offer from us to reward you for looking into this further. According to new research sponsored by the CFP Board and Consumer Federation of [...]

October 16th, 2013|

Parsing the Fed Talk

The September Market Commentary was delayed by a week so that we could provide you with our comments about the important events that took place last week; specifically, Larry Summers removed himself from contention to be the next Federal Reserve Chairman at the beginning of the week, and the Federal Reserve released notes last Wednesday [...]

September 25th, 2013|

What’s driving the S&P 500?

U.S. stocks resumed their positive streak in July (after a slightly negative June). Large-cap stocks rose in three out of the four weeks and were up 5% for the month. Smaller companies generally outperformed their larger-cap counterparts. After Federal Reserve comments regarding the timing of its stimulus withdrawal upset markets in May and June (particularly [...]

August 14th, 2013|

May Market Commentary: Why We Remain Cautious

The markets continued their climb higher last month, with the exception of the Russell 2000 which consists of small-cap companies. However, economic data points continue to show weakness. Below is a chart showing the economic data that was released the last week of April, as well as a column indicating whether the data was positive [...]

May 16th, 2013|

Market/Economic Perspective: Then (2007) vs. Now (2013)

In case you didn’t pick-up a newspaper or turn on the TV in the past 24 hours, the Dow Jones reached a record high yesterday and closed at 14,253.77. The prior closing high of 14,464 was set on October 9, 2007. poor credit loans unsecured While we are all for new highs in the markets, [...]

March 6th, 2013|