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Host Mike Townsend focuses a non-partisan eye on news and policies from Washington that impact investors, and his guests offer actionable ideas for your portfolio.

Good News for Data-Driven Fed?

The flood of economic data can be overwhelming, confusing, and often contradictory. So what data is the Fed tracking as it battles inflation and considers rate cuts?

April 17, 2024 Michael Townsend

Medicare Planning Starts Now

For nearly everyone, part of every paycheck you earn goes straight to Medicare. It’s a big and confusing investment that needs to be managed wisely—but when and how do you start?

March 21, 2024

Election Year Investing Fears

The hype is always high in a presidential election year, fueling investor emotions and worry over the markets. So how do you prepare yourself and your portfolio for a bumpy ride?

March 07, 2024

What to Know Before Buying Bonds

After a rough couple of years, there are real opportunities in bonds. What do you need to know to make better decisions on when and what to buy?

February 22, 2024

Will Geopolitical Risks Bite?

Global hotspots are constantly generating headlines. But investors need a balanced perspective, or they could miss out on potentially strong performance in international markets.

February 08, 2024

Is Record Rally Sustainable?

Investors are feeling pretty good as key indexes hit record highs, but there are questions about cracks in the underlying economic data that could derail the momentum.

January 25, 2024

Navigating the 2024 Markets

Uncertainty is the watchword for 2024. As investors, can we learn to handle uncertainty and the volatility it brings while keeping emotions in check and our portfolios on track?

January 11, 2024

Shape Up Your Financial Plan for 2024

From polishing up your portfolio, to checking on your estate plan, to making tax-efficient choices, now is the time to get your financial plan on sound footing for the new year.

December 07, 2023

Financial Fraud: No One Is Immune

Financial fraudsters are getting smarter, and their tools, like AI, are getting better. So how do you identify a scam and protect yourself from becoming a fraud statistic?

November 16, 2023

Hurdles Mount in Divided House

The three-week odyssey to find a speaker of the House is over, but the looming government shutdown and a growing list of policy battles continue to stymie progress on Capitol Hill.

November 02, 2023

Global Fears Cloud Big Picture

Geopolitical events can impact the markets with little warning. But investors need to step back and view the big picture to be able to make sound decisions.

October 12, 2023

Bonds Shine with Fed's Call

The Fed has indicated higher rates for longer, and that's good news for bond investors. What's the strategy to take advantage of what may be a once-in-a-generation opportunity?

September 28, 2023

Economy’s Mixed Messages

A barrage of conflicting economic data is keeping the investing horizon cloudy. What are market experts focusing on, why does it matter, and does it apply to your portfolio?

September 14, 2023

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