2020 Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment Announced

Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2018 through the third quarter of 2019, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will...


Quarterly Market Commentary - 2019 Q2

The ECB and the FOMC are both poised take action during their next meeting.  The possible commencement of a new rate cutting cycle is giving a boost to the world equity market after a volatile...


2020 HSA Plan Limits

On May 22, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Procedure 2019-25, announcing the 2020 inflation-adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), as determined under the Internal...


Quarterly Market Commentary - 2019 Q1

·       The stock market is back after a serious drop in the fourth quarter of 2018.  The tightening financial conditions and the threat of more interest rate hikes along with BREXIT, trade...


Behind the Headline - What is an inverted yield curve by Reuters

The 3 month-10 year portion of the yield curve has inverted.  Many consider this to be the tell tale sign for  an economic recession in 12 to 24 months.  However, some observers consider the 2 year...


FOMC January 30, 2019, Press Conference Prepared Remarks

2019 begins the Era of Powell Transparency.  In his first of eight “live” FOMC meeting press conferences this year, Chairman Powell stated that the FOMC is “committed to clearly explaining what...


FOMC January 2019 Press Release Language Change

The January 29-30, 2019, FOMC meeting adjourned with the Committee holding the rates unchanged as most economists had expected.  This is the “pause” that the market has been waiting for.  With...


Quarterly Market Commentary - 2018 Q4

Market volatility is back and is uncomfortable after a serene 2017. Most portfolios have experienced a negative return as almost all financial assets have delivered a loss for the year. We went from...


FOMC December 2018 Press Release Language Change

The December 18-19, 2018, FOMC meeting adjourned with the widely anticipated 25bp rate increase (the 9th since December 2016). The FOMC reflected on the continuing strength of the labor economy, the...


FOMC November 2018 Press Release Language Change

The November 7-8, 2018, FOMC meeting adjourned with no rate action. The FOMC reflected on the continuing strength of the labor economy, the declining unemployment rate and strength in consumer...