The Last Mortgage Refinance

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA I know it’s not breaking news that mortgage rates are low. They are very low in fact.  At the last Federal Open Market Committee (“FOMC”) meeting in September they elected to keep the Federal Funds Rate unchanged.  The FOMC is … Read more

Patience Pays Dividends

For months prior to the presidential election, investors remained in a holding pattern, poised to see how the domestic and global markets would react. Many international markets saw pullbacks, but U.S. stock markets surprised to the upside, rewarding investors after showing signs of volatility in pre-trading hours following Election Day. The domestic market rally after … Read more

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

I took a statistics class back in college. Like many of my other subjects I didn’t do that well in it. I did, however, gain a deeper understanding of what average meant and still continue to aspire to get up there someday. The United States Government produces no shortage of statistics. The amount of data … Read more

Third Quarter Marked by Mixed Data and Volatility

Last quarter, many investors watched closely as the Greek debt drama played out on a global stage. Three months later, investors once again are warily watching how international economic conditions impact domestic markets. Headwinds include worries over slower growth in Europe and Asia; the effects of lower commodity prices; uncertainty over the Federal Reserve’s rate … Read more

Market Volatility Spikes Amid Global Economic Concerns

Equity markets suffered their worst week since 2011 for the week ending August 21, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 1,000 points and the S&P 500 down 5.7%. Put into the context of the bull market of the past six years, a pullback can be seen as normal activity for a market that … Read more

Average Joe’s

The movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story came out in 2004.  It’s a story about gym owner Peter Lafleur (Vince Vaughn) trying to save his gym.  The gym is very behind on its bank loan and Peter is concerned it will be closed.  One of his gym members suggests they enter a dodgeball tournament in … Read more

Greek Drama Plays Out on Global Stage

  The second quarter ended with all eyes on Greece after the country failed to reach an agreement with its creditors. The impasse resulted in shuttered banks and imposed capital controls, at least until a July 5 referendum on whether to accept further austerity measures in exchange for a European bailout. The Mediterranean country also … Read more