Steve Marcum

Saving for College: 3 Things to Consider

A new school year is upon us. Jess and I sent off our oldest child, Clara, to school for the first time (sniffle, sniffle). And, as many clients wisely advise me, it’ll go by in the blink of an eye. Then onto college. Perhaps many of you have kids or grandkids in college. Or perhaps, like my daughter, they are many years out.

What is GDP? And what does it tell us about the economy?

A bellwether statistic many economists look at to gauge the health of the U.S. economy is Gross Domestic Product (GDP). GDP is defined simply as the total value of goods produced and services provided in a country during one year. Over the past 50 years, the United States has averaged an increase of 2.8% in real GDP growth per year.

2017 Asset Class Returns: How Do They Stack Up?

2017 Asset Class Returns This Year

The Veater Financial Table of Investment Returns ranks the annual performance of key asset classes over each of the last 20 years. The best asset class for a given year is listed at the top, with the lowest returning asset class listed at the bottom. As we look back on the first half of 2017, below are a few key takeaways:

Making Your Money Last in Retirement

Assume the year is 1999, and you recently retired. You have your money invested in a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds, and you start a distribution from your investment accounts to supplement your retirement income. How long will your money last?

The Price of Gold Over the Last 40+ Years

Many investors consider buying into the gold sector as part of a diversified portfolio. In this post, we take a look at the historical price and rate of return of gold over the last 43 years.

The Costs of Trying to Time the Market

In our video library, we publish short clips to explain important investment topics.

Introducing: Baby Ruth

Congratulations to Steve and Jessica Marcum on the birth of their 3rd daughter: Ruth Elanor Marcum 

What Makes Up the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)?

Charles Dow created the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896 to measure the market value of the growing industrial sector of American business. The index originally consisted of just 12 industrial stocks, which are listed below. Since then, the components of the Dow have changed 51 times and now include 30 companies spread across all U.S. industries except transportation and utilities.

Can the Super Bowl Winner Predict Market Performance?

The “Super Bowl indicator” is a theory that predicts stock market performance based on which football conference (the AFC or the NFC) wins the Super Bowl. The prediction is simple: If the NFC wins, the market will end the year positive; if the AFC wins, the market will end the year negative.

Market Reactions to President Trump

As most of you are aware, markets have responded sharply to the election of Donald Trump. Some markets have responded favorably; others unfavorably. See below as we break down the top- and bottom-performing sectors of the market since November 8, 2016.

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