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What Happened to Emerging Markets?

Emerging markets has had a tough year. Since Late January 2018, emerging market equities have shed over 20% in value and are likely the biggest red number in your portfolio. During the nearly two-year period from March 2016 to the end of January 2018, emerging markets returned over 75%. What happened? There are a number […]

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Two Producers: Same Income, Different Outcome

Matt and Nick are the top producers for a mid-size insurance agency. Matt has been a wealth management client for several years and he recently introduced Nick to BDF. Both Matt and Nick are in their late 40’s, married with three children and live in the same town. They both have similar size books of […]

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Volatility Strikes Again

  Yesterday marked the second straight day of a Dow drop of more than 500 points. And while we have been talking about the return of volatility for quite some time, it still hurts when it actually shows up. So here we are with the S&P 500 having fallen over 7% in the last week. […]

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BDF named to 2018 Financial Times 300 Top RIA

Balasa Dinverno Foltz is pleased to announce it has been named to the 2018 edition of the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers. The list recognizes top independent RIA firms from across the U.S. This is the fifth annual FT 300 list, produced independently by the Financial Times in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary […]

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Impending Divorce: What the Health Do I Do Now?

A key issue keeping divorcing individuals up at night is often: “What will I do for health insurance?” It can seem like a daunting question, but knowledge is power. Using employer sponsored group coverage is typically the easiest and lowest cost solution. At home spouses sometimes decide to seek employment post-divorce in large part so […]

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Spring Cleaning Your File Cabinets

With warmer weather, more sunshine, and opening day baseball (Go White Sox!) on the horizon, I was feeling ambitious last weekend and decided to get a jump start on my Spring cleaning. As I sifted through file cabinets I was shocked as to how many statements, bills, and receipts can pile up over 12 months, […]

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Top 5 Attributes to Retire Well

Last week I attended a retirement party for John, a long-time client and friend that I cannot seem to forget about. The party was like a back yard wedding you would see in the movies. There was a big white tent, a great live band, and of course, plenty of food and drinks with well […]

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4 Questions to Evaluate Your Long-Term Care Plan

The AARP and AICPA recently conducted surveys to gauge retirees’ biggest concerns. Number one was running out of money which is not too big of a surprise. However, number two was health and long-term care planning – not losing a loved one, staying busy in their next phase, finding time to be with family and […]

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“Repeal” and “Replace (At a Later Date)”

The great debate between President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) and President Trump’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) has just begun. While the passing of the AHCA is the GOPs first attempt at reforming America’s health care, the final passage is still a long summer away. The House Bill that squeaked thru by a few […]

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