Weekly Flash Briefing 5/19/2020

Posted by Drew Creekmur, MS on 3:54 PM on May 19, 2020

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How does DATA help us make Investment Decisions?

In this week’s Flash Briefing we will dive into how we use data as part of the Creekmur Wealth Investment process. We have found that good, quality data points and clear, unbiased analysis help us make the highest quality investment decisions for our clients. 

Our country, and really the whole world, is incredibly polarized surrounding the correct response to COVID-19. These polar opposite view points are further driven by voices in the media and opinions on social media most of whom claim to be using "data" to arrive at their conclusions. To thrive as investors in this environment, it is critical to track and review unbiased data points to help cut through the noise.
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Topics: Why is my portfolio not performing?, Financial Planning, Investments, Planning, saving and investing, Stock Market

How Women Can Prepare For Retirement

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 11:45 AM on May 14, 2020

A practical financial checklist for the future.

When our parents retired, living to 75 amounted to a nice long life, and Social Security was often supplemented by a pension. The Social Security Administration estimates that today’s average 65-year-old woman will live to age 86½. Given these projections, it appears that a retirement of 20 years or longer might be in your future.1,2 

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Topics: Working Women, Financial Planning, Retirement, Retirement Income

Weekly Flash Briefing 5/12/2020

Posted by Drew Creekmur, MS on 1:22 PM on May 12, 2020

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Why is the Stock Market increasing in the midst of such uncertainty?

This year has been quite the ride in markets both domestic and global. Here in the U.S. we have experienced the quickest slide into a bear market in history, followed by an equally incredible market bounce in short order:

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Topics: Financial Planning, Planning, Saving, Stock Market


Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 4:31 PM on May 7, 2020

The SECURE Act - What you actually need to know. . .

This act intends to improve retirement security for Americans, with many new provisions for those saving for retirement. Of course, SECURE is actually an acronym: Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement. This act will affect most Americans eventually, and it is important that you understand its implications for your retirement. Here are four things you should know about the SECURE Act:

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Topics: Financial Planning, Tax Benefits, Taxes in Retirment

Weekly Flash Briefing 5/4/2020

Posted by Drew Creekmur, MS on 2:57 PM on May 4, 2020

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Crisis Management for Small Business Owners

During this recent period of "shelter in place" orders across the nation, many small business owners have experienced immediate impact in both revenue and day-to-day operations. In an effort to provide financial assistance for these businesses, the government passed several fiscal support packages to be administered through the Small Business Administration. Unfortunately, due to extremely high demand for these grants and loans, many businesses were unable to secure financing. And, of those who have received a loan, some business owners report uncertainty as to the terms and conditions surrounding how to spend the funds.1

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Topics: Financial Planning, Planning, small business owner, small business

Creekmur Wealth Flash Briefing 4/28/2020

Posted by Drew Creekmur, MS on 2:28 PM on April 28, 2020

First Quarter Earnings 

In the week ahead we expect earning reports from a well-rounded group of companies that represent or impact every aspect of our economy. This will give us a clear indication of the underlying health of the economy, impact of the virus, and how companies see themselves performing for the rest of the year.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, Stock Market

Traditional Vs. Roth IRA

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 2:18 PM on April 23, 2020

Do you know the difference?

Traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA), which were created in 1974, are owned by roughly 33.2 million U.S. households. Roth IRAs, however, were created as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act in 1997, are owned by nearly 22.5 million households.1

Both are IRAs. And yet, each is quite different.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, IRA, Roth IRA

Creekmur Wealth Flash Briefing 04/20/2020

Posted by Drew Creekmur, MS on 2:15 PM on April 20, 2020

Will this current Stock Market Rally continue?

First of all, as with everything market related over the last few months – anything could happen and we would not be surprised! There is no historical precedent for current events to aid in determining what the future holds with the stock market. But we can make some observations:

From February 20 to March 23 the S&P 500 dropped by 33.67%. Then, rose by 28.48% from March 23 to April 17. This V-shaped market bounce was largely unrelated to the economic and medical news occurring at the same time. So, where does the market go from here?

  • Near Term Volatility – We use a technical indicator called Bollinger Bands to help us analyze where the market may move in the coming days or weeks. Bollinger Bands track the upper and lower Standard Deviation level of the Moving Average Price of a Security. In plain English, this simply means that you can see how undervalued or overvalued a security or the market as a whole is. Historically, if the price of the security touches the top or bottom of the Bollinger Bands you will see a movement in the opposite direction in short order. Take a look at the chart below of the S&P 500 over the past year:
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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, Stock Market

Should You Care What the Financial Markets Do Each Day?

Posted by Creekmur Staff on 11:30 AM on April 16, 2020


Focusing on Your Strategy During Turbulent Times.

Investors are people, and people are often impatient. No one likes to wait in line or wait longer than they have to for something, especially today when so much is just a click or two away.


This impatience also manifests itself in the financial markets. When stocks slip, for example, some investors grow uneasy. Their impulse is to sell, get out, and get back in later. If they give in to that impulse, they may effectively pay a price.

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, Stock Market

Pullbacks, Corrections, and Bear Markets

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 12:30 PM on April 9, 2020

What’s the difference? What do these terms mean for you?

The COVID-19 outbreak has put tremendous pressure on stock prices, prompting some investors to blindly and indiscriminately sell positions at a time when the entire market is trending lower. Worried investors believe "this time it's different." When the market drops, some investors lose perspective that downtrendsand uptrendsare part of the investing cycle. When stock prices break lower, it's a good time to review common terms that are used to describe the market's downward momentum.1,2

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, Stock Market

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