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WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
Irrevocable trusts are helpful tools for individuals and families to meet their wealth planning obj…
SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 JAYNE HARTLEY JOEL SCHOENMEYER
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
“Every business and every product has risks. You can’t get around it.”  &nbs…
SEPTEMBER 01, 2021 YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
Traveling to warmer climates for the winter is a tradition for many families, as is taking advantag…
AUGUST 11, 2021 JULIE ANN GARBER NATHAN BYERS
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
News continues to come out about the Biden administration’s tax proposals.  We are still…
AUGUST 03, 2021 BRAD HERMAN, CFP®, AEP®, CHFC® DAVE BENSEMA, CPA, CFP® JAYNE HARTLEY PRATIK PATEL
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
Planning is important in any environment. When done correctly, you will be able to both minimize tr…
JUNE 22, 2021 PRATIK PATEL
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
“A problem well stated is a problem half solved.”   - Charles Kettering S…
JUNE 19, 2021 YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
President Joe Biden has laid out his American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, which include p…
JUNE 02, 2021
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
After a difficult year for some companies and a banner year for others, many business owners are ev…
JUNE 02, 2021 PAUL MAJERUS
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
Why You Should Consider a Dividend Recap Today In his first address to Congress on April 28, Pre…
MAY 24, 2021 BRAD HERMAN, CFP®, AEP®, CHFC®
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for April exceeded expectations showing a monthly increase of 0.8% a…
MAY 12, 2021 YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
President Biden recently rolled out the American Families Plan (AFP), a $1.8 trillion proposal that…
MAY 06, 2021 JAY RITTER YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
 “I have often thought that perhaps the strongest force that starts an economy upwa…
APRIL 29, 2021 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
S&P 500 earnings for Q4 2020 finished with positive growth of around 4% (see the chart below). …
MARCH 17, 2021 JAY RITTER YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
What happened? President Biden’s massive $1.9T COVID relief package was passed through the…
MARCH 11, 2021 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
Women are becoming a mighty force in philanthropic giving, bringing their passions, creativity, and…
MARCH 09, 2021
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
February has seen a steady climb in longer-term Treasury rates with the 10-year T-Note at 1.35%, wh…
FEBRUARY 24, 2021 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
The elections are finally over. We are now waiting to see what tax legislation will be proposed, li…
FEBRUARY 23, 2021 JAYNE HARTLEY
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
Few people go into marriage thinking about how it will end. But unfortunately, divorce does happen.…
JANUARY 22, 2021
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
The Senate races in Georgia have given Democrats complete but narrow control of Congress and change…
JANUARY 07, 2021 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
"Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on th…
DECEMBER 14, 2020 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
What happened? The latest chapter in the unfolding U.S.-China trade war has moved to the Interne…
AUGUST 27, 2020 JAY RITTER YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
JULY 21, 2020 BMO WEALTH MANAGEMENT - U.S.
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
The coronavirus pandemic is impacting each of us in different ways and to different degrees. This i…
APRIL 30, 2020
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
CARES Act In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Congress has enacted the CARES Act (Coronavirus…
MARCH 30, 2020 NATHAN BYERS STEPHEN WHITE
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
Market volatility and economic uncertainty can be unsettling even for the most sophisticated of inv…
MARCH 30, 2020
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
A tumultuous week for OPEC was followed by a weekend of chaos, leaving global oil markets on the pr…
MARCH 09, 2020 BMO WEALTH MANAGEMENT - U.S.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
What happened? Former Vice President Joe Biden racked up a large delegate count on Super Tuesday m…
MARCH 04, 2020 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
“It’s like astronomy, where what you see isn’t the star as it is right now, but the star as it was …
FEBRUARY 20, 2020
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
“In God we trust. All others must provide data.”  Dr. William Schaffner, Vanderbilt University Medi…
FEBRUARY 03, 2020 YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
The Federal Open Market Committee kept the fed funds target range unchanged for the second consecut…
JANUARY 30, 2020 BMO WEALTH MANAGEMENT - U.S.
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn.” - Helen Keller  …
JANUARY 29, 2020 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
“Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal.  My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” -…
DECEMBER 17, 2019 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
 A U.S.-China trade deal looks likely, but a ratification hurdle remains   Congress avoids shut…
DECEMBER 13, 2019 BMO WEALTH MANAGEMENT - U.S.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
 Brexit is the leading consideration of the December election, shifting traditional voting patter…
DECEMBER 05, 2019 BMO WEALTH MANAGEMENT - U.S.
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
  For many high net worth families, amassing wealth may be the easier part. Passing down …
NOVEMBER 25, 2019
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
  High hopes for holiday cheer "Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the o…
NOVEMBER 20, 2019 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
What happened? In line with market expectations, the Federal Reserve Board cut the Fed Funds rate …
OCTOBER 31, 2019 YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
Discuss these important tax considerations with your advisor before year-end  We’re o…
OCTOBER 30, 2019 NATHAN BYERS
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
Business owners invest so much into their businesses – emotionally, physically, and financial…
OCTOBER 27, 2019
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
As an owner of a private business you face the difficult challenge of balancing the needs of your b…
SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 BMO WEALTH MANAGEMENT - U.S.
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
How to include both physical and digital assets in your estate plan From purchasing goods with a P…
JULY 24, 2019 PETER WOLYNSKI
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
Having a child is one of the most important–and deeply personal—decisions one can ever have. Pregna…
JUNE 20, 2019 JONATHAN BATT
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
The value of a higher education has never been more evident. College graduates earn nearly two thir…
JUNE 11, 2019 BMO WEALTH MANAGEMENT - U.S.
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
Six ways to teach children the role of giving in wealth stewardship   Beyond the tax deductions, …
MAY 30, 2019
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
Women have a lot on their plates. Everyone experiences transitions throughout life, but women seem …
MAY 02, 2019 BMO WEALTH MANAGEMENT - U.S.
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
Market sentiment & the benefits of contrarian thinking   “All models are wrong, but some are …
APRIL 22, 2019 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
Positioning review: An international adjustment and mid-cap affirmation   “The investor of today …
MARCH 27, 2019 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
U.S. retail sales only partially rebounded in January after the shockingly large setback in Decembe…
MARCH 12, 2019 BMO WEALTH MANAGEMENT - U.S.
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
Three steps to prepare for the possibility that your pet may outlive you.   If you’re a pet owner…
MARCH 01, 2019 BMO WEALTH MANAGEMENT - U.S.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
The recently released “America’s Patients First: The Trump Administration Blueprint to Lower Dr…
FEBRUARY 28, 2019 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
Down, but not out!   “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Einstein   Earning…
FEBRUARY 15, 2019 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
Given that the year-end market fireworks were sparked, at least in part, by the unexpectedly hawkis…
JANUARY 31, 2019 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
“When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.” – S…
JANUARY 10, 2019 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
The New Year brings a few changes that could affect your wealth planning strategy, mostly related t…
DECEMBER 19, 2018
WEALTH PLANNING UPDATE
  If your family owns a business, it’s easy to assume that the younger generation will naturally w…
OCTOBER 10, 2018
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver We…
OCTOBER 03, 2018 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any o…
SEPTEMBER 04, 2018 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
CURRENT MARKET NEWS
In this issue: Middle East tensions are likely to rise again with renewed sanctions on Iran se…
AUGUST 01, 2018 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
OUTLOOK FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS
“There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” – Dorothy, Wi…
JULY 26, 2018 MICHAEL STRITCH, CFA YUNG-YU MA, PH.D.
WOMEN & WEALTH
While women are just as financially literate as men, they tend to be less self-assured when it come…
MAY 01, 2018 BMO WEALTH MANAGEMENT - U.S.
WOMEN & WEALTH
Corporate boardrooms are modernizing. Spurred by social change and the advancement of more women to…
APRIL 02, 2018

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