Worst Winter Ever!

WORST WINTER EVER!!! Ok, maybe it wasn”t the worst winter ever, but it was the coldest winter weather in the last twenty years according to the National Aeronautic and Oceanographic Administration (NOAA). Snowfall was also 21% above normal across the nation. So it is not surprising that the economy has appeared a little weaker in.. read more →

The Changing Face of Retirement

Growing up, investing was rarely, if ever, a topic of conversation in my family. That isn’t to say my parents were financially irresponsible – not at all! I remember my dad consistently sitting down at the kitchen table to meticulously balance his checkbook and pay the bills on time. I also remember my parents living.. read more →

The Fiscal Cliff Deal – (or Half Deal)

Non-stop fiscal cliff negotiations (and media coverage) at year-end finally resulted in a last minute fiscal package by Congress that adds some certainty for investors on tax rates in the coming year.  Spending issues were not addressed, but instead postponed 60 days. We can look forward to another round of Congressional wrangling on spending cuts,.. read more →

Fiscal Cliff, Slope, or Obstacle Course?

The financial media is filled with year-end dire warnings of catastrophic consequences of the U.S. economy falling over the “fiscal cliff”. Could this really happen? It could, but probably not. We and most market watchers are hopeful for a last minute compromise with more details to come in 2013. Is the fiscal cliff real? Yes-.. read more →

What Happened? Why Did It Happen? Is It 2008 All Over Again?

Just a quick note to keep you informed on what All Star Financial is thinking about the world we live in these days. Actually let”s take the last 10 business days in review: The United States lost its AAA rating. The Federal Reserve came out with the ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) until 2013. The.. read more →

Step Away From the Ledge

Hi Everyone, As we see the recent increase in volatility continue I want to assure you we are evaluating our next move(s) every day, hour, and it seems like minute. Straight forward, no B.S., this is a governance issue! If our politicians (both sides of the aisle) would have put forth a good, legitimate plan.. read more →