Thought Leadership

Inflation

Written By: John Norris This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of May 2021 increased 0.6%. This was slightly higher than analysts had been expecting. What’s…

Common Cents & Lazy Workers?

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced the US economy created 559K net, new payroll jobs during May 2021. While this is a pretty gaudy number in absolute terms, it was still comfortably less…

Meet Sarah Granderson

“I never dream about success. I work for it.” -Estee Lauder   Many teenagers do not understand the importance of making an impression on people they have never met. They do not have the courage to…

Common Cents & Suppression

In 2019, I compared the passing societal discourse in the United States to the disastrous Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China during the 1960s and 1970s. Unfortunately, I don’t feel as though the situation has noticeably…

Death, Taxes, & Tax Law Changes

Written By: Mac Frasier Director of Planning, Advisory Services   It is probably time to update the old saying “there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes” to include “changes to the tax code.” …

Education Savings 101

Written By: Mac Frasier Director of Planning, Advisory Services Graduation season is upon us, and while many parents and grandparents of recent college grads may be celebrating, other parents now face the upcoming reality of paying…

Common Cents & Cryptocurrencies

About two months ago, I added Bitcoin to the data points we discuss during our morning call with client advisors. While we haven’t purchased cryptocurrencies for our clients, yet, they have been the topic of much…

It’s Different This Time

David McGrath Associate Managing Director, Wealth Management   The equity markets are off to a hot start in 2021. The higher they climb, the more articles that I see comparing the current environment to the 1999…

Common Cents & Where is My Gasoline?

This past Wednesday, around lunchtime, a couple of co-workers of mine and I found ourselves in Brentwood, TN, in a rental vehicle with the gas light illuminated. The estimated range before the car ran out of…

Common Cents & Idled America

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced the US economy created 266K net, new payroll jobs during April 2021. Ordinarily, a number like this would elicit a shrug of the shoulders. It is pretty…