Fed Cuts Rates, Stocks Retreat

Weekly Commentary — August 5th, 2019

The Week on Wall Street

Last week, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade, in line with Wall Street’s expectations. Ironically, stocks had their worst week of 2019.

The S&P 500 finished the week 3.10% lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite also posted weekly losses; the blue chips fell 2.60%, while the premier tech benchmark slumped 3.92%. International stocks tracked by MSCI’s EAFE index dipped 1.06%.[1],[2],[3]Read More »

Guest Post: A Veteran’s Guide to Saving on Your Home Purchase

**The following blog article is a guest post from Reviews.com summarizing a much more detailed article on the topic of home buying for Veterans.**

Home buying is a complex process to navigate for anyone. But for those who served, it can prove to be even more confusing when VA Loans, non-allowable fees, and other discounts come into play. Reviews.com has everything you need to know to maximize your savings as you hunt for home-sweet-home.

Save with a VA Loan

It may seem obvious, but surveys show that a third of veterans were unaware of the VA loan program. Advantages to this program include no required down payment, no PMI, and better mortgage rates. Experts suggest veterans look into this loan option even if they’re unsure if they’re qualified. You’ll need to follow these steps:Read More »

Tip of the Week: VA Healthcare Options for Transitioning Veterans

Hey everyone, Derek Merkler here with your next Tip of the Week discussing VA healthcare options after separation. This episode is for a specific subset of Veterans: those who were discharged without any VA healthcare benefits related to retirement, medical retirement, or disability benefits. Typically, these are healthy Veterans who served one or two terms without […]