Why Variable Annuities May No Longer Suck (Well Some of Them at Least) – Observations from a Career Skeptic

Variable annuities have over the years earned a well deserved bad rap. As the title implies, I have, ahem, never really been a fan. However, positive changes are trickling in that could make them more practical going forward. In this communication, we explore how they have worked and were sold, and positive changes that are happening in the industry.

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Our Thoughts on the Fed Rate Decision and Market Impacts

This week has the potential to be an interesting one for the markets. On Wednesday, July 31, the Federal Reserve is widely expected to reduce the Fed Funds Rate by 0.25%. On the surface, this may not seem like that big of a deal, but the decision by the Fed could set the stage for heightened market volatility over the near to intermediate term, either for stock markets, bond markets, or both—not only for the near term, but potentially well into 2020.

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Why Hello There, Volatility

This past week, volatility sent us a message that said, “I’m still here and I’ll be home soon.”  Normal will someday make a comeback, and to get to normal from current risk levels, some shared pain will need to ensue. Now is the time to ask yourself the question of the day: how do you plan to cope with it?

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InvestmentsBrian Aberle
The Challenge of Doing Nothing

“Take these antibiotics and, oh, try doing nothing for a while.”

After seeing my physician for a nagging "gut ache," this was the prescription to the diagnosis of my body being locked in a funky fight-or-flight mode caused by my near obsession with the business side of life. The bad news was that I was now somehow going to need to figure out how in the world to do nothing.

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EducationBrian Aberle