Educational blogs from SWMG center around the fundamentals of investing and finance.

ESG OR SRI Investing?

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Sometimes you hear the phrase, “put your money where your mouth is,” meaning, use your dollars towards things you really are passionate about. If this matters to you, then you might be interested in ESG or SRI investing. ESG stands for Environment, Social, and Governance. SRI stands for Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact. These terms usually …

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Female Financial Pioneers

March is National Women’s History Month. So, in honor of that, I’d love to tell you about some female financial pioneers… In addition to mentioning that we have several female financial advisors on our team! The wife of President John Adams, Abigail Adams, is credited with being the first female investor. Abigail managed her household’s …

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GameStop Stock

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Ok, so, in case you have not heard, there was this really weird thing going on with GameStop stock. GameStop, in my opinion, is going the way of Blockbuster. They have brick and mortar stores, and sell physical discs for video games, which, hello, the industry is heading towards everything online, especially with downloads of …

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Credit Scores

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In honor of Financial Literacy month, I’m sharing important information related to credit scores. Do you know what your credit score is? And what it means? First, shout out to my dad who is turning 69 today. Happy birthday, dad! Here is the range for Credit Scores: *Source: You can check your score for …

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Teaching Children About Money

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If you have children or grandchildren, or if you have a special relationship with your niece or nephew or the child of a dear friend, you can enrich their lives in many ways. One of the most important things you can do is teaching children about money and how they manage their money and invest …

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Emergency Savings

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The government shutdown has shed light on a problem that plagues many in this country: what would you do, if you suddenly were out of a job, or missed a paycheck? That’s what credit cards are for, right? Spoiler alert: No. Pretty much any financial guru is going to tell you that one of the …

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three jars of coins labels savings, retirement, emergency plan, for budgeting

Budget. The 6-letter dirty word. After the series of blog posts on debt, I figured I should talk about budgeting, even though, if you’re like most people, you’re not interested. A Gallup poll showed that less than 1/3 of Americans (32%) actually keep a formal budget, and that you are most likely to have a budget if …

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Target Date Funds

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For the past several years, our financial advisors have helped to manage several 401(k) plans for small to medium size businesses. And though I discussed 401(k)s and Roth 401(k) and how they work, I haven’t yet addressed what should you invest your 401(k) account IN…? This blog isn’t designed to tell you what to do. …

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Diversifying Your Investments

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Previously, on Jill’s Journal, I talked about diversification with stocks and bonds. Remember, the goal of diversifying your investments is to smooth out your ride – you want to have several different types of asset classes to manage the ups and downs of your account. Even amongst stocks and bonds, there are still more ways …

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Volatility in the Market

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Wow, the markets have sure had a bumpy ride lately! Unfortunately, this is all par for the course with the history of the stock market. We are coming off several years of growth in the markets, and volatility is back, baby. It is important to remember not to make decisions based on fear and panic, …

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