May 29th, 2019

Keep Calm, Stay Invested

Recent headlines have added volatility to the markets. There will always be new headlines, and any of them could mean turbulence for Wall Street. As an investor and retirement saver, how much will this turmoil matter to you in the long run? Not as much as you may expect. There are many good reasons to … Continue reading “Keep Calm, Stay Invested”

April 23rd, 2019

IPOs Are Hot — But Should You Invest in Them?

Initial public offerings, or IPOs, seem to be all the rage among investors so far this year. In the last few months, Lyft, Pinterest, Uber, and Zoom all debuted on the public market by offering shares of stock for sale to public investors. Expedia and Airbnb are also expected to go public in the near … Continue reading “IPOs Are Hot — But Should You Invest in Them?”

April 16th, 2019

Planning to Retire Within the Next 5 Years?

What should you concentrate on as the transition approaches? You can prepare for your retirement transition years before it occurs. In doing so, you can do your best to avoid the kind of financial surprises that tend to upset an unsuspecting new retiree.   How much monthly income will you need? Look at your monthly expenses … Continue reading “Planning to Retire Within the Next 5 Years?”

March 25th, 2019

A Potential Social Security Fix

We’ve been hearing for years that the Social Security fund will run out of money in 2034, and a close reading of the Social Security Administration’s Trustee Report projections (https://www.ssa.gov/oact/TRSUM/) show what exactly this would mean. By that time, based on estimates of the number of people earning an income in the workforce, the numbers … Continue reading “A Potential Social Security Fix”

March 22nd, 2019

Interesting Investment Facts & Lessons Learned

If you’re a dedicated market geek with plenty of time on your hands, you can uncover some very interesting things about stock market history and perhaps learn some interesting lessons from them. Below is a snapshot of some of them: Since 1916, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (which predates the S&P 500 index and has … Continue reading “Interesting Investment Facts & Lessons Learned”

March 21st, 2019

The Importance of Aligning Your Investing With Your Principles

Do your investment choices echo your outlook? Are they in agreement with your values? These questions may seem rather deep when it comes to deciding what to buy or sell, but some great investors have built fortunes by investing according to the ethical, moral, and spiritual tenets that guide their lives.         Sir John Templeton … Continue reading “The Importance of Aligning Your Investing With Your Principles”

March 6th, 2019

How Legislative Changes Will Affect TSP Participants

Most federal government employees rely on the government’s Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) as their primary retirement savings tool. The TSP is designed to serve as a 401(k)-type retirement plan for these workers. However, there are some serious drawbacks to TSPs when compared to 401(k)s, especially when it comes to their distribution rules. The good news … Continue reading “How Legislative Changes Will Affect TSP Participants”

January 4th, 2019

October 2018 Stock Market Pullback

Hello. This is Clark Kendall with Kendall Capital Management. Today is Friday, October 26. We’ve had volatility in the market over the last two or three weeks. We’ve had the Dow Jones moving three, four and 500 points a day. Percentage wise it’s been as much as two to three percent, which seems like a … Continue reading “October 2018 Stock Market Pullback”

December 28th, 2018

What Does an Inverted Yield Curve Mean?

If investors aren’t selling stocks because of the current government shutdown, they might be nervous about the flattening yield curve—broadly defined as a time when short-term interest rates were higher than yields on longer-term bonds. But what does this mean for the markets? Typically, an inverted yield curve signals a recession. The press has certainly … Continue reading “What Does an Inverted Yield Curve Mean?”

December 13th, 2018

Social Security Gets Its Biggest Increase Since 2012

Social Security will soon give seniors their largest “raise” since 2012. In view of inflation, the Social Security Administration has authorized a 2.8% increase for retirement benefits in 2019. This is especially welcome, as annual Social Security cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, have been irregular in recent years. There were no COLAs at all in 2010, … Continue reading “Social Security Gets Its Biggest Increase Since 2012”