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After briefly stumbling the week of September 4, domestic indexes notched significant gains last week and hit record highs. By Friday, the S&P 500 exceeded 2,500 for the first time, the Dow closed at its highest level ever, and the NASDAQ reached an intraday record. Each of the indexes gained well over 1% for the […]

Weekly Update: September 12, 2017 Last week, the markets closed for Labor Day, and in the subsequent four trading days, all three domestic indexes gave back some recent gains. The S&P 500 declined 0.61%, the Dow lost 0.86%, and the NASDAQ slid 1.17%. International stocks in the MSCI EAFE faired better, ending Friday up 0.78% […]

Many parents are spending thousands of dollars a year so their kids can play competitive sports. The cost of competition is putting their finances and retirement at risk! Financial advisor Brad Allen talks with Milwaukee’s WTMJ-4 to share tips on how to find a balance between kids’ athletic teams and parents’ retirement dreams. 1. Be […]

Market Update: September 5, 2017 Last week gave a number of things for both investors and non-investors to think—and worry—about. From North Korea’s missiles to Hurricane Harvey’s devastation to an unemployment uptick, the headlines were busy. Yet, despite these circumstances, U.S. stocks posted gains again this week—and the NASDAQ ended Friday with a new record […]

Weekly Update – August 28, 2017 After several weekly losses, the major domestic indexes all ended in positive territory on Friday, August 25. The S&P 500 gained 0.72%, the Dow was up 0.64%, and the NASDAQ added 0.79% for the week. International stocks in the MSCI EAFE also increased by 0.58%. Last week provided a […]

Weekly Update – August 21, 2017 From domestic unrest to international terrorism, last week provided many headlines that could easily rattle the markets. While we did see days with volatility and declines, the major indexes remained relatively flat. For the week, the Dow was down 0.84%, the S&P 500 dropped 0.65%, and the NASDAQ fell […]

Weekly Update – August 14, 2017 Last week, rising tension between North Korea and the U.S. rattled the world’s markets. As the two countries traded tough words, concerns escalated and markets reacted emotionally to the news. Though stress is building internationally, we remain committed to focusing on the market fundamentals that drive long-term value. In […]

Weekly Update – July 17, 2017 Last Friday, stocks closed on more record highs. The S&P 500 rose 1.41% and the Dow climbed 1.04%—both closing at new peaks. The NASDAQ reported a 2.58% gain and the MSCI EAFE posted a 2.38% increase. Despite continuing headlines from Washington, the markets remain productive and strong. New Q2 […]

Mid-year is a great time to look over your finances. Staying on track can be tough. Financial professional Brad Allen talks with Milwaukee’s WTMJ-4 on about how to get your finances in order. He has five tips to get you ahead of the financial game before the end of the year! 1. Look at Your […]

Millions of college students will graduate this spring! It’s the debt that keeps on growing – student loan debt now tops $1.4 trillion! New numbers show here in Wisconsin, 70% of college students graduate with debt, and the average is $29,460. But getting a tassel doesn’t have to be a financial hassle. Financial advisor Nick Foulks […]