How to Prepare for a Market Correction

By |2018-08-06T15:15:59+00:00August 6th, 2018|Investing, News|

It’s simple. Don’t. A common question we receive is “how do I prepare for the inevitable stock correction?”  There are two answers to this question: the one you want to hear (which is wrong), and the one you don’t want to hear (which is right). Mainstream media wants you to believe that you can outsmart the market.  Everything you read and hear from news sources and financial “experts” will make you think this (almost) 10 year bull run is coming […]

Market Commentary – July 2018

By |2018-07-24T18:19:22+00:00July 24th, 2018|All, Investing, News|

Stock Markets Returns from various stock market indices over several periods ending June 30, 2018 are shown to the right.  Here are a few highlights: Domestic stocks continue to lead the way. REITs were up nicely for the quarter, but non-domestic stocks were down.  Due to political turmoil and the specter of a trade war, stocks traded in developed international markets are reflecting uncertainty. Emerging markets gave back much of their positive result of recent periods. This is driven by […]

Market Commentary – April 2018

By |2018-04-23T18:54:41+00:00April 23rd, 2018|All, Investing, News|

Stock Markets Returns from various stock market indices over several periods ending March 31, 2018 are shown to the right. Here are a few highlights: While not observed in these graphs, volatility seems to have come back, which is normally how stock markets work. Except for emerging markets, stocks were down over the past quarter – REITs continue to lag. Even with the off quarter (with the exception of REITs), stocks were up nicely over the past twelve months. Note […]

Tax Scams: What to Look For and How to Avoid Them

By |2018-04-19T21:06:16+00:00April 19th, 2018|All, News|

As another tax season comes to a close, we wanted to draw attention to a number of scams and schemes to defraud unsuspecting taxpayers. We think it is important that our clients be aware of how these scams work, and what precautions you can take to protect yourself. How the Scams Work: One popular method for defrauding taxpayers is to steal their identity using “phishing” techniques, or malware to obtain their victim’s personal information. Phishing scams use fake emails or […]

Sorting Through the Market Shifts

By |2018-02-07T20:51:09+00:00February 7th, 2018|All, Investing, News, Retirement|

Yesterday evening, Rockbridge’s own Ethan Gilbert, CFA was featured on our local Spectrum news network. Check out the interview below where Ethan discusses the recent market shifts, how these swings can affect your retirement accounts, and how to protect your accounts from this volatility.   Click here to learn more about Ethan!

When Investing, Don’t Think About the Patriots

By |2018-01-24T16:30:32+00:00January 24th, 2018|All, Investing, News|

This past weekend, the New England Patriots did it again. Down 10 in the 4th, star quarterback Tom Brady orchestrated two scoring drives to pull off another comeback victory. In two weekends, the Pats will try to win their 3rd Super Bowl in 4 years – headlining a host of impressive statistics dating back to 2001. But as loyal CNYers, we know this run will come to an end. Brady, already 40 years old, will age, coach Belichik will retire, […]

A Look at the New U.S. Tax Law

By |2018-01-16T21:02:15+00:00January 16th, 2018|All, News|

As you are likely aware, Congress has recently passed significant changes to the tax law. These changes are effective beginning in tax year 2018, with many of the changes for individuals set to sunset after 2025. The summary below is a high-level overview of many of the most relevant changes that will impact people’s taxes. If you have questions relating to your specific situation, please contact your Rockbridge advisor. Also, keep an eye out on our blog for upcoming articles […]

Cryptocurrency: What’s It All About?

By |2017-12-14T16:37:19+00:00December 14th, 2017|All, Investing, News|

Have you caught cryptocurrency fever, or are you at least wondering what it’s all about? Odds are, you hadn’t even heard the term until recently. Now, it seems as if everybody and their cousin are getting in on it. Psychologists have assigned a term to the angst you might be feeling in the heat of the moment. It’s called “FoMO” or Fear of Missing Out. Education is the best first step toward facing FoMo and making informed financial choices that […]

Market Commentary – October 2017

By |2017-10-23T16:57:51+00:00October 23rd, 2017|All, Investing, News|

Stock Markets Equity market returns over several periods ending September 30, 2017 are shown on the graph to the right. Here are a few highlights: Stocks provided above-average returns over the past quarter – REITs lagged. Non-domestic markets led the way in recent periods; over longer periods it was domestic markets.  While it would be nice to know which will do best in the future, no one does. We have to remain committed to all markets. Note how after falling […]

Dow 22,000 – Why We’re Here and What It Means

By |2017-10-20T14:45:28+00:00October 20th, 2017|All, Investing, News|

On August 2, 2017, the Dow Jones Industrial Average set a record, closing above 22,000 for the first time. People will debate the cause of the rally and how long it will last, but there is only one answer that matters to the prudent investor – time. Markets go up over time. Over the last 90 years, the S&P 500 (a better gauge of the U.S. stock market than the Dow) has seen 11 “bear markets” during which the index […]

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