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US Stocks Disconnect from Earnings

When buying a stock, you are investing in the future of the company. Historically a stock price is highly correlated to earnings growth. If earnings grow, the stock increases and vice versa. What we have seen in the past decade…
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How Disability Insurance Works (When You Can’t)

One topic that often is overlooked when it comes to personal finances is risk exposure.  Risk is why all sorts of insurance products exist.  Sure, we know we need car insurance in case we are in an accident and medical…
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Saving into a Roth IRA

As we have said in previous blogs, it is important for individuals to attempt to save money into three distinct “buckets” during their working years.  These buckets are the pre-tax bucket, the after-tax bucket and the Roth bucket.  This blog…
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Are We Headed Into a Recession?

 The yield curve turned negative and is a possible sign of recession. Are there any other signs? Yes, trucking rates are now down year over year. Also consumer confidence is near a 50 year high, which has shown to…
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Should I borrow from my 401k?

In our recent blog, Understanding the Ins and Outs of 401(k) Plans, we touted the great benefits of 401(k) plans. Some investors might also see this as a source of potential funds for personal loans.  Your 401(k) is a powerful…
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China Trade Deal: What It Means for Your Portfolio

 According to THOR’s disciplined approach, we believe international stocks (especially emerging markets) are set to outperform US stocks over the next several years. The current trade dispute between the US and China may be a catalyst. If a deal…
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THOR’s Disciplined Approach

Jim Gore, CIO, discusses the first two steps of THOR’s investment process. He uses these steps to describe an investment opportunity in Master Limited Partnerships (MLP’s) today.
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Market Sell-Off Update: Why Diversification Matters

Before the recent sell-off, the S&P 500 was more overvalued than the beginning of 2000 (when looking at price-to-sales ratio). This market sell-off is also different than that of 2000. Here we have seen all parts of the market sell-off…
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Income Tax Breaks for Homeowners

The U.S. government has a long standing history of including incentives in the income tax code to encourage home ownership.  This is because of the positive impact home buying has on the economy – consumer spending makes up over two-thirds…
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Corporate Debt Looms Large

Corporations have had the wind at their backs with low interest rates. This lead to record levels of corporate debt issuance, which has surpassed 45% of GDP. There are now over $4trillion in corp. bonds due over the next 5…
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