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.
The New Year is a natural time to reflect and determine how to make the next year even better. You may even choose to make—dare we say it?—a resolution or two.
Balentine was recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Money Management,” ranking second among firms with fewer than 50 employees. Presented by Pensions & Investments, the global news source of money management, this fifth-annual survey and recognition program was dedicated to identifying and recognizing the best employers in the money management industry. This is the third time that Balentine has been recognized.
By any measure, this was an unusual and highly contentious election cycle with more twists and turns than an episode of ABC’s Scandal. And earlier this month, pollsters and media pundits alike were surprised when Donald Trump triumphed in the election. Despite the latest plot twist that Hillary Clinton was backing Green Party Jill Stein’s recount request, it does appear that in 2017, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United States.