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December 2015

12/21/15

Protect yourself against identity theft

If you are concerned about identity theft and the potential for financial losses as a result you have lots of company — but maybe not enough.

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12/17/15

Are capital constraints negatively impacting year-end planning?

December is always a challenging month for executives as they finalize their budgeting and planning for the next year, while simultaneously trying to meet their goals for the current year. Despite the importance of this budgeting and planning, we find that many middle-market companies undertake this process in the shadow of capital constraints and thus limit the opportunities they pursue.

Posted at 12:48 PM | Permalink | Comments

12/17/15

Post-FOMC meeting, investors are likely to focus on economic data

Post-FOMC meeting, investor attention is likely to focus on economic data, which has so far been disappointing during the last half of 2015, including industrial activity and retail sales.

Posted at 12:24 PM | Permalink | Comments

12/15/15

Downtown Madison in the year 2025

In 2025, I picture a downtown that is welcoming and offers something for everyone. It is an active bustling downtown where people live, work, shop, and find a variety of entertainment venues.

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12/10/15

Data points to softening U.S. economy

Recent data for the U.S. economy points to softening, including weaker purchasing manager surveys, flat retail sales, and declining durable goods orders. However, the November employment report hopefully gives the Federal Reserve enough confidence in the health of the U.S. economy to raise interest rates at its Dec. 15–16 Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

Posted at 11:48 AM | Permalink | Comments

12/03/15

Year-end tax strategy checklist

Now may be an ideal time to consider year-end tax strategies that may benefit you and plan for the year ahead.

Posted at 12:04 PM | Permalink | Comments

12/03/15

Thanksgiving mutes market response to geopolitics

Geopolitics remained at the forefront of headlines last week due to the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey. Markets responded in a more muted fashion, perhaps due, in part, to the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and some solid U.S. economic data.

Posted at 11:36 AM | Permalink | Comments

12/01/15

Beyond the basics: Strategies for college savings

Saving for college is a major priority for many families. Despite escalating costs of a four-year degree causing some to question the cost relative to the payoff, most of our clients view a four-year degree as the minimum expectation for their children. While many can afford the college of their child’s choice, most still want to be smart about how they save and pay for college.

Posted at 11:29 AM | Permalink | Comments: 1

12/01/15

Tips for millennial homebuyers

As economists across the nation debated in recent months whether the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates soon or wait until 2016, many millennials stepped into the housing market, taking advantage of the ability to lock in mortgage rates at levels that remain historically low. However, others are reluctant, concerned about affordability, strict mortgage lending rules, and job stability in a slow economic recovery.

Posted at 11:12 AM | Permalink | Comments: 2

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