Monthly Archives: July 2015

Brad Rempe, CFP®, AIF®

For those experiencing Greece fatigue and tired of hearing how what is happening there is wearing on financial markets, I’ll apologize in advance for adding yet another commentary on the situation. For many Greek citizens the years ahead could prove to be challenging and difficult times and I certainly don’t minimize the pain this could cause. However, the upshot to this situation is there are many good lessons to be learned...

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Kent Kramer

Any golfers out there? Earlier this spring I read Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect (describing my game perfectly!) by sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella. In the book, he emphasized focusing on things within the golfer’s control to achieve better results. Rather than worrying about wind, what other players are doing, or complaining about the speed of the greens or depth of the rough, he encouraged golfers to keep...

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Ross Polking Thumbnail Photo

One of the greatest lessons you can teach your children is how to manage their finances.  There is an incredibly delicate balance between enabling and equipping kids with financial resources.  The old adage of “give a person a fish, feed them for a day…teach a person to fish, feed them for a lifetime” has some correlation here.  Everyone is prone to financial mis-steps, especially those just embarking on first-time employment...

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Mark Stadtlander

Earlier this year, Foster Group CEO, Mark Stadtlander was quoted in an article published in the Wall Street Journal.  The article, titled “How to Survive a Bear Market,” centered around how investors could protect themselves from the possibility of a bear market in stocks, in light of the fact that the current bull market is now more than six years old. Mark recounted some of the frustration he felt in back...

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Martha Gribble

I have noticed an uptick in home sales in our area.  Once again, homes are selling in my neighborhood even before they make the real estate listings.  The current national average rate for a 30-year fixed home mortgage is 4.04% as of June 11th, up from 3.87% at the beginning of the year. There are plenty of indications that interest rates will rise; exactly when, how much, and...

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