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Blog: "Dollars & Sense"

Welcome to "Dollars & Sense": the Brackenwood Capital Management, LLC firm blog page. We're eager to share financial planning news and insights to both Brackenwood  clients and the public. Please feel free to add your own input, as this enhances the blog experience for everyone. 

 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Technological progress is not the only thing rising at an exponential rate. The rate at which newly commercialized technologies get adopted by consumers is also getting faster, too. Through increased connectivity, instant...

 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

If the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grows through this summer, the current economic expansion will become the longest on record. Average annual GDP growth has been slower than past expansions. Increased U.S. government and...

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Below are the year-over-year changes in residential real estate inventories, including select regional trends. Funny how Las Vegas' real estate is one of the U.S.' most speculative and consequently volatile real estate markets. Guess...

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A recently-released Vanguard Investments press release announces the pending suspension of either leveraged or inverse security ownership inside their retail brokerage clients' accounts. Vanguard said in its release that it is taking...

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

January 2019 Market Commentary Video

 

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

What are professional money managers' biggest concerns going into 2019? An economic growth cycle that is getting "long in the tooth" and unstable trade policy rank highest. Chart below is courtesy of BlackRock, which is world's largest...

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Sometimes diversification by investment class simply doesn't work very well. In 2018, there were few places to hide:

 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Inside this fall's stock market downdraft lies a sector rotation from technology and financial shares to healthcare and utilities. Since health spending accounted for 17.9 percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product last year, this...

 

Monday, October 1, 2018

The U.S. healthcare industry currently absorbs 17.1% of gross domestic product, which is almost 60% greater than the rest of the OECD or "Rich World" (see chart). Maybe more challenging, we're not living as long in return for this...

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

What impact has the Labor Department’s fiduciary standard had on your fee structure? Zero. While this may be difficult to believe, the U.S. financial services industry is not legally bound to put the best interest of clients...

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Are there cheaper alternatives to your investment choices for me that would give me similar risk-reward trade-offs? Investment management fees are an important ongoing conversation topic between financial advisers and their clients....

 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Reviewed the following Wall Street Journal article this morning, and think this is an ideal financial planning topic to address. During the next six Wednesdays, we we will expand on each of the six questions, so readers may be better...

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

While very little appears normal in Washington D.C. these days, the deficit spending prompted by the financial crisis of 2008-2010 has become the "new normal". The baseline increase in debt held by the public- what we get if...

 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Wall Street Journal's Glenn Ruffenach tackles a common retirement question with important financial impacts. MK Do you have any insights about moving in retirement to be close to children and grandchildren? I realize this is a very...

 

Monday, March 27, 2017

President Donald Trump and most Republican lawmakers want the same thing: broad tax cuts that slash individual and corporate tax rates and provide a simplified tax code. But head-butting over details—such as how imports and...