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The Extra Mile

Zack Marcotte, Financial Advisor

A client told me he had recently changed jobs and asked if I would roll over his 401(k)—into an existing Roth account. I asked if he knew whether his original 401(k) had been a traditional, or a Roth. Was he sure?

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Peter Coughlin, Executive Director

Two of our clients, a husband and wife on the West Coast, are successful entrepreneurs raising three beautiful children. Their oldest child is a freshman in high school and an elite athlete, traveling the United States and Canada playing hockey.

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Scott C. Little, Vice President

Last Thanksgiving, a client emailed me, asking to transfer funds to another account of hers—electronically. But we can’t do that by email. So, I let her know I’d need to call her.

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Insights & Advice

Beware the hikes of March

There is a more than an even chance that the Federal Reserve Bank hikes interest rates at least 25 basis points by the end of March 2022. Several analysts expect another three hikes by the end of the year. As an equity investor, this should concern you. This week, both the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and the Producer Price Index (PPI) came in as expected. But “expected” does not mean anything like good on the inflation front. On a year-over-year basis, CPI was up 7%, while PPI hit 9.7% for all of 2021. And while economists debate whether inflation and…

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No-shows threaten economy

Last week, economists calculated that almost 5 million workers failed to show up at their jobs. Given the present upsurge in cases of the Omnicom variant, that should come as no surprise. However it clearly has Wall Street economists reducing their estimates of first quarter 2022 GDP. Slower economic growth normally has a negative impact on everything from the stock and bond markets, interest rates and employment. How this will ultimately affect the economy in the months ahead is a question worrying every trader and portfolio manager in the financial markets. The first warning sign that this wave of coronavirus…

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Fed’s meeting notes throw markets a curve

Investors were set back on their heels this week (January 3-7) after reading the latest member comments from the Federal Open Market Committee’s December 2021 meeting. It suggests that the Fed is prepared to tighten far sooner than most expected. Members seemed to say that the Federal reserve bank central bank was prepared to shrink its $9 trillion balance sheet “much sooner and faster” than anyone expected. This is in addition to the already-announced plan to reduce its asset purchases faster than they first planned. Couple that with expectations that we could see three interest rate hikes this year and…

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Current News: January 18, 2022 The biggest problem for small businesses is no longer the labor shortage

The biggest problem facing small business owners is no longer the labor shortage — it’s inflation. That is according to a December 2021 survey release by the NFIB Research Foundation. Shortly after the release of this survey, inflation clocked in at 7 percent over the past year, the highest measure of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since 1982. In reaction to this problem, I suspect that the Federal Reserve will combat higher prices of goods and services. Up until now, the Fed has been comfortable letting inflation run above its target of two percent. A month ago, I predicted “at least...

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