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Q4 2019 Quarterly Newsletter

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Saturday, 18 January 2020

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Happy New Year! I hope this email finds you rested and recuperated from the holiday season and ready for a year filled with growth, forward momentum, and achieving your goals.

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Over the holidays, my family and I enjoyed some R and R in Palm Springs, CA. It was so nice to step away from Minnesota for a few days and enjoy each other’s company. Jay, Maddy, Fernando, Grace and I enjoyed the weather, great restaurants, and opportunities to connect about all the events from the past year. The experience was refreshing and made me think of all the holiday memories we’ve made at home over the year and the benefits of occasionally having a change of scenery to deepen connections.

Market Commentary: Fourth Quarter 2019

By Jay Pluimer, AIF® CIMA®

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Investors of all varieties received a generous Holiday gift from the markets in 2019 as almost all markets generated positive returns. US Stocks led the pack once again as the S&P 500 Index earned 31.5%. It was an interesting year where Bonds also performed well, which isn’t always the case. Key drivers of performance in 2019 included support from the Federal Reserve which reversed course by cutting interest rates to support growth in the US along with moderate earnings growth and easing Trade War tensions. The Trade War between the US and China is on a path to resolution, calming a significant theme of uncertainty. International Stocks also performed well, up 21.5%, with optimism that a calmer foreign trade environment should be helpful for foreign companies plus what appears to be a Brexit resolution. Finally, the positive economic and investment landscape led to the first US decade without a recession as we turn the clock forward into the 2020s.

Market Commentary: Third Quarter 2019

By Jay Pluimer, AIF® CIMA®

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

A variety of economic and political themes led to mixed stock market returns in the third quarter while bonds fared well. The most significant global issue continues to be the Trade War between the US and China which is estimated to detract over $700 Billion from the global economy in 2019. A direct result of the Trade War, combined with a still-evolving Brexit, has led to significantly slower growth in Europe including a large volume of negative interest rate bonds (meaning the investor is actually paying extra for the opportunity to buy a bond instead of receiving interest payments).

Q3 2019 Quarterly Newsletter

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Monday, 14 October 2019

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Autumn is in full swing and the change of seasons and chilling of the air brings about cinnamon smells, football, and cozy nights by the fire--for that we are grateful.

In the last three months, we have had some wonderful things to celebrate! Kathy Longo was named one of Investopedia’s Top Financial Advisors of 2019. She also contributed her thought leadership to a marketing roundtable discussion with the Financial Planning Association and we celebrated the one year anniversary of Flourish Financially’s publication!

Q2 2019 Quarterly Newsletter

By Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

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Happy Summer! And what a busy one it has been so far. I just returned from a family trip to Guatemala where we were able to roast marshmallows over the heat of an active volcano, return to the birthplace of my two youngest children, Fernando and Grace, and visit with the now-grown children that we had the opportunity to sponsor in an effort to foster educational opportunities for the underprivileged youth of Guatemala. It was an enriching and emotional journey!

Our staff engaged in a good deal of professional development during the last quarter. Michele Lenz completed the Fundamentals of Financial Life Planning training program with MoneyQuotient, and she also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison Financial Coaching workshop designed to increase financial professionals’ understanding of coaching theories and skills, recognize the role of values and motivations, and identify applications in professional practice. In addition, we welcomed our new Client Services Manager, Shelly Fayard-Rerat. To learn more about Shelly’s background and experience you can visit her bio page on our website.

We will be sharing two articles this quarter. The first discusses the challenges that women face at different stages of their lives when they are experiencing financial transitions, and what can be done in the present to help mitigate the impact they can have on your life in the future. If you find that this article will be valuable to a person you care about please don’t hesitate to share it with them. In addition, Jay Pluimer shares his quarterly market commentary. I hope your summer is filled with laughter, love, and barbeques. If you have memorable experiences you’d like to share with us please post them to our Facebook page. We’d love to see your summer adventures!

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