Both stocks and bonds struggled in the first quarter this year due to a more aggressive Fed posture, inflation risks continuing to increase, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Read about what other factors are influencing the market in Market Viewpoints.
During times of market stress when stock prices fluctuate up and down significantly, it’s normal to worry about your retirement investments. The good news is that you have likely planned for uncertainty and invested in a diversified mix of stocks and bonds which will help your retirement portfolio weather market volatility.
Market volatility is inevitable, but panicking can be a costly mistake. Selling when stock prices have declined and then buying back in after the markets rebound and stock prices have moved higher simply doesn’t make sense—especially for long-term investors. But unfortunately, this is exactly what happens when investors let emotions influence their decisions.
Ridgecrest Village has been a proud provider of senior services for the Quad Cites for over 50 years! As the leader in retirement communities, Ridgecrest Village has flourished over the years. We look forward to continuing to support our residents and staff to live purposefully and passionately.
April is Financial Literacy Month, and we’re helping adults and teens understand the importance of maintaining smart money habits. From budgeting, interest, and credit to investing and saving for retirement, it’s essential to start teaching our youth early in life how to manage money and prepare for the future.
Small business owners like Bill Collins of Me & Billy in Downtown Davenport make us #ProudToBeQC and proud to be a part of a community of creative, talented people. Join us for five minutes with Billy as we take a close-up look at this popular local restaurant and bar.
Good credit is essential to a strong financial foundation, so it’s important to build and maintain responsible credit practices that demonstrates sound money management principles to help you achieve your short and long-term financial goals. We’re offering some tips to help you get started on the path to great credit!
The stock market finished 2021 on a high note, with a strong rally into year-end capping another positive year for stocks overall. U.S. stocks continued their outperformance versus both Developed International stocks and Emerging Market stocks. However, the bond market struggled last year.
Many people own assets that will not be controlled by their Will or Trust. Instead, on the owner’s death, those assets are distributed to designated beneficiaries identified by the owner. Such assets include life insurance, retirement accounts, annuities, stock option plans, and health savings accounts.
Since its founding in 2004 as part of downtown Davenport’s revitalization, the River Music Experience has served as a leader in the Quad Cities’ musical landscape. As it progressed through its early years, it found its place serving community needs by providing inclusive educational programming and high-quality, accessible concerts by local and regional talent.
The new year is an ideal time to set new goals, as many vow to become more physically fit or get organized. The new year is also a great time to assess your finances, gain control and stick to a new budget or saving plan. Taking control of your personal finances will allow you to save and prepare for unexpected expenses.
PCT Ebeam and Integration offers innovative and reliable electron beam (ebeam) systems for a multitude of industrial applications. Corey Martin, Commercial Banker, shares his discovery of this fascinating Quad Cities company.
After a strong start to the quarter, stocks pulled back from their recent highs in September. The US economy remains on solid footing, however there are several topics that are concerning markets, including the US debt ceiling, the infrastructure bill discussions, inflation, and crackdowns from China.
The Quad Cities Community Foundation is the place where you and your trusted advisor go to fulfill your charitable giving in the most effective way possible. With a 57-year history in the Quad Cities region and a staff of gift planning, investment, and grantmaking professionals, the Community Foundation’s deep knowledge of community needs and opportunities allows it to connect you with the organizations and causes you care about.
If you’re a commercial real estate investor, you don’t have to deal with market rate fluctuations! Now is a great time to lock in a long-term fixed interest rate to hedge against future rate increases.
U.S. stocks continued to show strong gains this year with the S&P touching new highs at the end of June on strong company earnings and increased consumer spending. Bond yields have also come down in the second quarter after the large increase to start the year. This helped bonds reduce the losses they suffered during the first quarter on rising yields and inflation fears. Inflation fears have been dominating headlines and worrying investors due to the large increases in demand in multiple parts of the economy leading to higher than expected inflation readings.
A museum of history, culture, and science, the Putnam has served the Quad Cities region since 1867 and is the Quad Cities’ only Smithsonian Affiliate. The Putnam brings to life a sense of place, time and purpose to ignite human potential and inspire our diverse community to learn about and care for our world and all its people.
With a power of attorney for finances, you name who you want to manage your financial affairs if you are unable to do so. Interestingly, the social security administration (“SSA”) does not accept powers of attorney. It has its own process for identifying who will receive and manage the social security benefits of the legally incompetent.
Joe Slavens, president & CEO, Northwest Bank & Trust Company announced that Brian Duffy, president and CEO of Per Mar Security Services, was recently elected to the bank’s board of directors. We are happy to have Brian join the board and are excited to leverage his insights.
Both the stock and bond markets have traded in a more volatile and choppy fashion in the 1st quarter of 2021, with longer term bonds pulling back more than short term bonds on renewed worries over inflation after the additional stimulus measure enacted by Congress.
The Family Museum and its non-profit foundation depend on community support to serve the children and families in our community. The Family Museum offers interactive and educational experiences for young children in the areas of art, science, movement, and play. With 44,000 square feet of programming space, the Museum provides hands-on exhibits, drop-in classes, preschool classes, school and community outreach, dance classes, and a variety of programs geared towards children eight and under.
When people think about estate planning, they often think of it in terms of having a Will or a Trust, directing disposition of property on their death. There are, however, important estate planning tools that are critical during your lifetime. These tools are powers of attorney.
Are you a small business owner looking to purchase or construct your own building? Maybe you have considered it before but are hesitant due to the traditional down payment requirements, interest rate risk, or general uncertainty in the economy. If so, the SBA 504 loan program could be the perfect solution.