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What’s on our mind? You can read about it in our blog. Whether it’s ideas from the industry or emerging trends, you can read about it here. And once in a while, we may throw in a movie review or some other surprise. So keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along.

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

At the midpoint of 2020, we’re mindful that it’s been an extremely challenging year so far in the United States and around the globe. We’re in the midst of a pandemic that continues to impact all of us, our communities, and our economies...

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The July Fourth holiday will be very different this year. Although it’s a time to enjoy family and friends, and maybe even watch some fireworks, social distancing and a new wave of COVID-19 cases also may take a seat at the...

 

Monday, June 29, 2020

LPL Research Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick talks about recent improvements in the economy and strong economic data.

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The US economy has made impressive progress in recent weeks. As the economy re-opens, the way we assess the recovery has changed. In March and April, we were looking for evidence that growth in COVID-19 cases was...

 

Friday, June 12, 2020

LPL Financial Chief Investment Officer Burt White takes a close look at recent economic activity and green shoots in the road to recovery.

 

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Monday, June 8, 2020

As we look ahead to the summer months, we can’t help but think what a challenging year it’s been so far. At the same time, we’re encouraged by the resiliency and accelerated innovation among US businesses and the...

 

Monday, June 1, 2020

The stock market keeps going higher, yet the economic data remains some of the worst we’ve ever seen. This incredible disconnect has a lot of investors quite confused as to what is really happening. “Although this record...

 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The S&P 500 Index flirted with closing above 3,000 yesterday, even as much of the economic data is some of the worst we’ve ever seen in our lifetimes. We are often asked how this is possible. The reality is the double backstop of...

 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald The economic struggles in our country are among the worst we’ve ever seen. In April, a record 20 million people lost their jobs, and 36...

 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Investors like labels for the economy and financial markets—many of them with the word “great” in them. The Great Depression. The Great Recession. The Great Lockdown. Well, we’ve moved into what we might call...

 

Monday, May 4, 2020

LPL Financial Research Sr. Market Strategist Ryan Detrick says central banks have pledged to support global economies and bring back confidence and liquidity.

 

Friday, May 1, 2020

We want to assure you that the HFG team is here to support you during these challenging times and we remain committed to offering ongoing insights and financial guidance. We thought it would be a good time to share a little about the...

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

We continue to follow our Road to Recovery Playbook for help determining where the market is in its bottoming process and yesterday we upgraded Signal #1, confidence in timing of a peak in new COVID-19 cases, to “Already there...

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

As the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, how we respond to it will determine how we beat it. Continued sacrifices range from everyone in the medical community working on the front lines to the thousands of truck drives...

 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Big open. Stocks gapped significantly higher today, as Gilead’s new antiviral drug to combat COVID-19 showed promise at a Chicago hospital. Globally, stocks were firmly in the green as well, with optimism for opening up global...

 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

We continue to follow our Road to Recovery Playbook for help determining where the market is in its bottoming process. Today we are making two changes. The first is to Signal #1, which we upgraded from “monitoring daily” to...

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The economy has halted for the past several weeks, and with it the longest economic expansion ever has ended, meaning we are now in a recession. What makes this recession unique is the government intentionally brought it on...

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Stocks have rallied nicely off the March 23 lows on the back of a bold policy response from the Federal Reserve (Fed) and lawmakers in Washington, DC, which was followed by signs that a peak in growth of COVID-19 cases may come soon...

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Stock market volatility has remained high as investors continue to closely track COVID-19 containment efforts while getting a glimpse into how damaging travel restrictions, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing have been...

 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Stocks soared last week, working off historically oversold levels. Although the impact to our economy and American workers has been devastating, we did see some positive developments from monetary and fiscal stimulus, which could set up a p

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Scammers, fraudsters, and other criminals are taking advantage of rapidly changing data and facts associated with COVID-19, both in the workplace and in our homes. Government agencies, corporations, and news outlets continue to warn...

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Recent market ups and downs have tested investors’ ability to stay disciplined to their financial plan and investment strategy. At the onset of the client relationship and each year, we monitor that plan and put strategies in...

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

As a valued member of the HFG family, we sincerely appreciate the trust you place in us. Given the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 epidemic, we wanted to take a moment to review the aggressive steps HFG and LPL has taken to preserve and...

 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak—or Covid-19 —has caused significant market volatility over the past week. Our approach as always is to focus on economic fundamentals first, but the uncertainty around the scope of the outbreak has...

 

Monday, February 24, 2020

News that the coronavirus—known as COVID-19—has spread to South Korea, Italy, Japan, and Iran, has led to massive selling around the globe, with many European markets closing down more than 4%. U.S. stock markets are...

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is now law. With it, comes some of the biggest changes to retirement savings law in recent years. While the new rules don’t appear to amount to a massive...

 

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2003 provided individuals with valuable rights to the credit information that companies keep on them, but did you know the credit score provided to you may be different from the one...

 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Retirement can have many meanings. For some, it will be a time to travel and spend time with family members. For others, it will be a time to start a new business or begin a charitable endeavor. Regardless of what approach you intend...

 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

In a recent study, 88% of millennial's admitted that financial decisions are a source of tension in their relationship with a spouse or partner1. This could help explain why some experts say financial problems are the #1 reason...

 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

With the ongoing danger of identity theft, cyber fraud, social networking scams, and payment fraud, we wanted to share 10 best practices to help you stay safe online as well as countermeasures you can take to be more cyber secure.

 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Author: Guest Blogger, Thomas Mohan, PLLC - a Strategic Partner of HFG Although every family has its own unique character and dynamics, there are certain consistent challenges that emerge when our parents or other close family members...

 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Recently, General Motors began a weeks-long process of laying off roughly 4,250 salaried employees in a sweeping restructuring of their global operations. Part of this restructuring effort includes the closure of five North American...

 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Are you a thrill seeker, or content to relax in the backyard? Use this flowchart to find out more about your risk toleran

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hi there! If we haven’t met yet, my name is Kara Herbert, the newest Wealth Advisor to the “HFG Advisory Team”. One of the projects I am currently spearheading is working with our “NextGen” Millennial...

 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ready to finally get your money in order? Don't know where start? You're in the right place! Here are our Top 10 tips for millennials!

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A typical trustee, executor or loved one spends a lot of time searching for pieces of paper: wills and trusts, bank statements, insurance policies, birth and marriage certificates, divorce decrees, military discharge papers, cemetery...

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

From May through July, hackers exploited a website vulnerability at Equifax, one of the major consumer credit reporting agencies. If you have a credit report, there is a chance your sensitive and personal information including...

 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wouldn’t you agree that all Americans should have the right to ethical and honest financial advice? The answer to this question is obvious and it stands to reason that most individual investors would feel this way. Many of you...

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Most of you are probably aware that you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) that is administered through Bank of America, but are you taking full advantage of how it can benefit you? What is an HSA Plan? An HSA plan can be explained as...