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A Look At How America Ranks

In his first year in office, President Trump has promoted his “America first” philosophy. This new focus, with its trade protectionism and tough stance on immigration, has somewhat changed the U.S. narrative on a world scale. Considering this new emphasis on America first, perhaps it’s worth looking at how the U.S. ranks on the world…

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Insights Into Cyber Crime

Although it’s taken a back seat to domestic concerns over the past year, cybercrime is still on the rise. Attacks such as “Wannacry” shut down health care systems and businesses across the globe in 2017, and the World Economic Forum estimates cybercrimes cost the global economy about $445 billion a year. It is a unifying…

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Market Insights – One for the History Books

  Government debt sales are set to more than double in 2018, lifting net issuance to $1.3 trillion, the most since 2010, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. estimates. With the Federal Reserve shrinking its bond holdings and deficits poised to swell even before considering the tax overhaul, all signs point to higher financing costs.…

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Market Insights – Market Reaction to High Employment for November

Employers added 228,000 jobs in November, 221,000 of them in the private sector. Both are nicely above their averages over the last six months, 164,000 headline and 162,000 private. Almost all the major sectors and subsectors were positive. Mining and logging was up 7,000 (slightly above the average for the last year); construction, 24,000 (well…

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Infrastructure Could Bridge Political Divide

Is it a secret that American politics are contentious, divided and rocky? Yet, one topic has the potential to bring both sides to the table: Infrastructure.   The Republicans and Democrats may not agree on the details; after all, infrastructure spending necessitates funding. Conservatives worry about additional taxes or increasing government debt, while liberals oppose…

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Spring Clean Your Investments

By Reid Johnson, President, Lake Point Advisory Group With the weather warming up, we often think of cleaning out our gardens, our closets, and our houses in general.  But what about your investments? As everything begins anew and plants begin to green up and sprout out, now is a good time to think about the…

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4 Often Misunderstood Tax Terms

Tax season is the time when so many of our clients bemoan their lack of tax expertise. The fact is that the code is thousands of pages long, and changes frequently. We highly recommend the use of a certified public accountant when filing your taxes. But even the best accountants need input from you as…

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Spring Cleaning: Financial Paperwork to Keep and Toss

By Reid Johnson, President, Lake Point Advisory Group In addition to taxes, the first quarter also gets us thinking about another annual tradition: spring cleaning. If you’ve spent significant time digging through paperwork to find important documents lately, it might be time to toss some old files. An Important Piece of Advice But please, before…

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