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From peak to bear, now seeking normalcy

By Kyle Tetting
Every bull market seems to end abruptly, but this one felt particularly rushed. […]



Keeping balance in unnerving times

By Bob Landaas
These are certainly trying times for investors. As the novel coronavirus spreads, significant sectors of the U.S. economy have either slowed or shut down. The plunge in stock prices has unnerved even seasoned, long-term investors. I am thankful for practicing a balanced approach to money management. Most clients have a significant portion of their investments in bonds. Bonds serve many roles but primarily function as a source of funds during a bear market.



Challenging the rules on rules of thumb

By Kyle Tetting
One area where rules of thumb miss the nuance of the individual investor is in ballparking how much retirement income investments can produce. […]



Investment views heading into 2020

As 2020 dawns, Bob Landaas and Kyle Tetting review recent economic trends and financial market concerns. They discuss possible impacts on investment outlooks in a MONEY TALK VIDEO.



Guiding investors through years of changes

Ron Hansen has been helping investors since 1975, when information was remote, transactions cost $40 apiece minimum and few Americans saved for retirement. At the end of 2019, Ron is himself retiring. He’s ending a career transformed beyond recognition by computer technology, government policies and industry evolution. […]



Diversification surpasses manufacturing

By Joel Dresang
Sometimes my understanding of how the world works is corrupted by my past experience. By several measures, the U.S. is now in a manufacturing recession, but apparently, it’s not as bad as I would have thought. […]



Expectations of less-than-Great recession

By Kyle Tetting
Many investors see the ghosts of past weakness at every turn. We’ve come to expect the worst as a result of the severe bear market that accompanied the Great Recession.
In many ways, the slow growth of the last decade resulted from a constant expectation that the next shoe could drop at any time. Transparency around the fallibility of stocks and the economy, gleaned from the depths of the Great Recession, may make the next downturn less severe.



Investor trade-off: Risk vs. return

Especially amid market volatility, investors need to weigh the potential risks they take on as they consider reaching for higher returns. Paige Radke explains in a MONEY TALK VIDEO from the 2019 Investment Outlook Seminar. […]



The outlook for value in your portfolio

As growth stocks have outperformed value stocks in recent years Kyle Tetting looks ahead—and farther back—to explain the role of value in investment portfolios. Kyle’s presentation at the 2019 Investment Outlook Seminar was produced as a MONEY TALK VIDEO. […]



2019 Investment Outlook Seminar

Bob Landaas shares his plain-English insight on the economics and market forces affecting long-term investors. With rising concerns over trade wars, global slowdown and technical indicators suggesting a coming recession, Bob offers clear explanations and a calm outlook. A MONEY TALK VIDEO captures the second of two seminars in September.



Investments consider more stakeholders

By Joel Dresang
Although the Business Roundtable’s about-face seems remarkable, it is part of a trend suggesting that businesses—and their shareholders—can benefit from being more mindful of a broader array of stakeholders. In turn, it’s possible for investors to uphold their values without abandoning the value of their portfolios. […]



Staying active as conditions change

Active management offers flexibility not allowed in less-expensive index-tracking passive funds. The latitude that active managers have for managing risk as well as for adjusting to market fluctuations and changes in the business cycle make such funds a valuable component in a balanced investment portfolio. […]




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