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Market Commentary: Earnings in the Long Run, and Short

Earnings Expectations Continue to Rise The summer rally continued last week, the S&P 500 gaining 1.4% and hitting more all-time highs. Stock gains ultimately depend on earnings and they continue to look good in both the short and long run. Inflation data finally provided some relief, wi …

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How to Set up a Trust

Published by Beth Schanou, Director of Wealth and Estate Planning A trust can be a necessary tool for an estate plan. But, you may ask, what is a trust? Put very simply, a trust is created with a formal legal document to manage assets for beneficiaries. The trust is created by a person call …

Potential Impact of the Trump Tax Proposals

Published by Mark Petersen and the Carson Group Partners Investment Committee Every new administration in Washington D.C. has an agenda which results from the November election results. Candidates have talking points on the campaign trail. The winner believes that he or she has a ‘mandate’ …

How to Identify and Avoid Fraudulent Communications or “Phishing”

In this day and age, electronic communication has made huge improvements toward making communications quick and convenient. However, we must remain vigilant in protecting our valuable personal information. We believe the best safeguard is for you to educate yourself on what “phishing” is, h …

Robo vs. Reality

Published by Pete Mullen, Relationship Manager Have you ever been in a hurry at the grocery store and decided to use the automated check-out line, instead of waiting the extra minute to get in line and have a human check your groceries out for you? Well, if your experience was anything like …

What’s in Your Wallet? A Powerful Portfolio Management Tool

Published by Rob Furlong When considering portfolio management tools many people think about complex spreadsheets or Bloomberg terminals flashing red and green stock quotes all day. While these are necessary, they are far from the most significant tool. I carry my most powerful portfolio ma …

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