As 2017 dawned, there was a stark contrast from the environment the world experienced one year before. Given 2016’s sharp turns in both the ﬁnancial markets and the political cycle, we believe the world is on the cusp of some important changes. Globally, we see three prominent transitions that began in 2016 and will likely accelerate in 2017.
This afternoon, the Federal Reserve (Fed) announced its intention to raise interest rates another 0.25%, representing (merely) the third rate hike in almost a decade. So what does this decision mean for the broader economy and for client portfolios? For all intents and purposes, today’s interest rate hike was expected and supported by underlying fundamentals. […]
With football season over (though many Atlantans are still mourning the outcome) and March Madness cranking up later this month, we seem to be in a bit of a lull. Though it did not arrive with quite as much fanfare as the others, we are in the midst of another season—tax season.
After two decades of relying almost exclusively on your parents to foot your bills, you may either embrace your 20s as a time for welcomed financial independence, or live in fear knowing that the buck truly does stop with you. Regardless of on which side you find yourself, there are a number of steps that you can proactively take to help set yourself up for financial success, both now and in the future.
The previous year was rife with global political surprises. These cycles have become microcosms of a much larger global theme: politics are now increasingly a place for the “have nots” to wage war on the “haves,” rather than a battleground for those aligned with the more traditional liberal vs. conservative party lines.
This is how future market historians may describe 2016. After global stocks posted their worst-ever start to a year, evidence emerged that the global economy would avoid a major slowdown. As a result, global stock markets recovered. By mid-summer, bond yields also began to rise from all-time lows, and we questioned whether and how stock markets could make further gains.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a long-time owner looking to downsize, the excitement of purchasing a new home may be tempered by the onerous home-buying process. Thankfully, there are a number of steps to proactively take so that when you do find the perfect home you can feel confident in your decision to move ahead with the purchase.
After what occurred in 2016, many forecasters, including myself, are probably considering a new profession. The stock market was supposed to be down, and Hillary Clinton was to be elected president. Neither was to be.
As a firm with deep Atlanta roots, we hardly need another reason to cheer for the Falcons in this year’s Super Bowl—but just in case you’re still on the fence, we have one: the Super Bowl Indicator.
The holidays are a popular time for couples to get engaged. While nothing is quite as exciting as two people in love, a lot more goes into saying “I do” than flowers and a white dress. Entering into a marriage is a legal process, and it involves the joining of bank accounts, trust accounts, and properties. We offer five things that couples should discuss before their walk down the aisle.