Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s CIO, recaps another great month for the markets. In January, all three U.S. indices were up by at least 5 percent, as were international markets. There was a bit of a pullback at the end of the month, as interest rates moved up to levels...
As 2018 begins, it’s time to begin organizing your finances for the new year. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of key planning topics to consider. Savings and investments Revisit your retirement contributions. Review how much you’re contributing to...
Because December markets were up across the board, we are entering 2018 with a huge amount of momentum. Commonwealth's CIO, Brad McMillan, discusses whether this will continue or if the recent tax reform bill have a major impact in 2018.
The New Year is symbolic in many respects. It gives you a chance to start fresh and set some goals that can improve your life in ways large and small. But if you’re like many people, familiar resolutions like “lose weight” or “go to the gym” slowly fade into darkness...
November was another strong month for the markets, but Commonwealth CIO Brad McMillan discusses whether political uncertainty in Washington is a risk.
After years of dutiful payments, you find yourself in the enviable position of having enough accumulated savings or discretionary income that you could aggressively pay down—or completely pay off—your mortgage. But should you? Are there better ways to ensure your...
Find out why, despite three of the worst storms in U.S. history, consumer and business confidence grew in October. Brad McMillan, Commonwealth's CIO, recaps a terrific month for the markets.
Have you ever used Dropbox or Box.com? How about web-based mail, like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, or Hotmail? If you consider that all of these are clouds—as are most Google apps—it’s hard to find an Internet user who doesn’t have some information in the cloud. As cloud-based...
Commonwealth CIO Brad McMillan talks about why the market is doing so well despite current events and recent disastrous storms.
Texas, and Houston in particular, is the core of the U.S. petroleum industry. Several major refineries have been shut down; this has limited gasoline production, and prices have increased in response. The stock market, on the other hand, has moved up over recent days, and it’s now close to an all-time high. Despite the local damage, then, the market’s reaction suggests the effect on the country as a whole has not been severe.
The Internal Revenue Service has announced contribution limits for retirement plan participants for 2016. As expected, most of the contribution limitations for retirement plans have not changed from the 2015 limits. Some associated tax breaks and other items have...
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