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Cyclical Stocks: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

By Elias Mael | October 14, 2022

Cyclical stocks get their name because they usually follow the cycle of the overall economy—with ups and downs charting economic expansions and peaks, recessions, and recovery periods. They’re good to include in your investment portfolio during periods of economic prosperity but perhaps not during a recession or economic uncertainty. According to Investopedia, “A…

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Defensive Stocks: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

By Elias Mael | October 7, 2022

Defensive stocks are precisely what their name implies—they defensively strategize your investment portfolio during an economic downturn or when the overall stock market isn’t doing so hot. Defensive stocks are usually in sectors that provide essential goods and services. Companies with defensive stocks are likely to remain in operation regardless…

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Weekly Market Report: September 26–30, 2022

By David Hollander | October 3, 2022

Market Volatility Is Here It was another tough week for the markets. The Dow Jones was off 20.9%, S&P 500 off 24.8, and Nasdaq off 32.4. The MSI IFI index was off 29.19. Just think about that: 20 to 30% off right now. The third quarter just ended, and here…

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What Is a Market Correction and How You Can Weather One

By Elias Mael | September 23, 2022

The reality is that no market goes straight up without pulling back or correcting itself. The market can be an individual stock, an index such as the S&P 500 or Dow Jones Industrial Average, or a bond. It doesn’t matter the instrument; at some point, it will pull back—and that’s…

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Weekly Market Report: September 12–16, 2022

By David Hollander | September 19, 2022

Another Tough Week on Wall Street Another tough week for everybody on Wall Street. Dow off 4.1, S&P off almost 5%. Nasdaq down 5.5. The International Index, the IFI, off 1.8. Ten-year treasury, 1.9% positive for the year. And oil, what a pullback, right? Oil traded at $85 this week.…

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LLC vs. C Corp vs. S Corp: Which Structure Is Right for My Business?

By Elias Mael | September 16, 2022

Are you starting a business and wondering how to legally structure your business? According to the US Small Business Administration (SBA), about 600,000 new businesses are started each year. If you are starting a new business, it’s important to set it up using the appropriate entity that correlates with your…

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Five Ways to Maximize Social Security Benefits

By Elias Mael | September 9, 2022

Social Security provides a guaranteed fixed income to many retirees, helping pad their retirement savings and income. But did you know there are strategies you can use to max out your monthly benefit? According to the Social Security Administration, the average monthly Social Security benefit payment is $1,536.94. The maximum…

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Weekly Market Report: August 29–September 2, 2022

By David Hollander | September 6, 2022

Tough Week on Wall Street This was a tough third week in a row on Wall Street. Markets finished down as China, Russia, COVID fears, and Fed policy all weighed in. The Dow was down 3%. It’s now down almost 14% for the year. The S&P 500 closed at 3924,…

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