Independence Day, July 4th, 2020 Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is the United States of America. I was born on July 4, 1776, conceived in freedom and liberty. That freedom has brought millions to my shores to cast their lot with me. It has also given human incentive its widest scope. Now, just 244 years later, I am a diverse, multilingual country that is bound together by a single language, English. The dominant language of the business world, of the Internet world, and the second language for most of the world. Who would have believed that 60% of the world’s […]
A report from First Trust Advisors, L.P.: A resurgence of new Coronavirus cases around the country has created uncertainty for investors. Stock markets fell last week, not because of the virus, but because investors fear another round of economy-killing, government-mandated lockdowns. We don’t expect that to happen, but when the government is involved, risks are definitely higher. After the peak in early April, the seven-day moving average for new cases bottomed on June 9 at 21,282. Since then, they’ve surged, hitting 39,662 per day in the seven days through yesterday. That’s an 86% increase in only 19 days. (Daily volatility […]
In 1809, Mary Kies became the first American woman to hold a U.S. patent in her own name for her original way to weave straw with silk. In 1825, Rebecca Lukens became the first female CEO of an industrial company in the United States, and was inducted into the National Business Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1839, Mississippi passed the Married Women’s Property Act, which gradually strengthened women’s claims to ownership and financial independence. Just think, this was all before women were even allowed to vote! Women have been more than involved in business and […]
Women & Wealth Series – 1 of 10 When asked what financial advice women would pass on to their daughters or granddaughters, the top answer given was… “Don’t depend on others for your financial security.” What should you do? Take an active role in your own financial future. Make sure you are involved in your family investment planning and financial planning decisions. From my perspective as a Personal Wealth Manager, it’s quite unfortunate that many women aren’t involved until there’s a death, divorce, job loss, illness or other event that thrusts them into financial disaster planning mode.