By Mark Stinson | October 2015
Ignite Howard County is a high-energy evening where the community comes together to share their passions and inspire. Mark Stinson, FAI Senior Advisor, was one of 12 people chosen to present at Ignite Howard County #2 on September 11th. You can view his five minute presentation entitled “Elegant Simplicity” by going to:
By Lyn A. Dippel | October 2015
An interview with FAI's President and CEO, Lyn Dippel. I’ve been with FAI Wealth Management for about 11 years. Prior to that, I was a partner in a financial advisory firm in Northern Virginia. I came to FAI specifically because I liked their approach and I liked the founder, Mike Martin.
By J. Michael Martin | October 2015
First Nine Months of 2015: China & Fed Worries Weighed on Stocks.
The slow-growth economic outlook and gentle fluctuation of stock prices during the first half (when stocks earned 3%, including dividends) was overwhelmed in the third quarter by increased worries about China’s drag on global business. The S&P 500 stock index plunged 10.7% in the last week of August alone!
By Wayne E. Patterson | September 2015
Most clients have legacy plans as part of their long-term financial goals. But quite a few clients also express concerns about enriching their children without preparing them to handle wealth. It’s not that they don’t love their children. But, they fear that a large inheritance could leave immature heirs dependent and unmotivated. They dread the old maxim that “the first generation creates the wealth, the second generation spends it…”
By | September 2015
For many retirees, planning for retirement simply means thinking about the financial aspects. What most people don’t realize is that going from a busy work schedule to nothing on the agenda isn’t always as glamorous as it sounds. Once the to-do list is complete, finding activities to fill your day can be difficult. Not to mention, the change from a social environment to naught can be a difficulty in itself. If you’re used to being around peers, retirement can be quite an adjustment.
By Lyn A. Dippel | September 2015
Behind on saving for retirement? Anything you can do to get started will generate positive momentum. Though each of these steps may seem small, if you are consistent, these efforts will make a difference in no time at all. Here are the top five priorities when saving for retirement.
By Curtis Gross | August 2015
No doubt that the recent stock market volatility has captured your attention over the past few days. To help clients process this information, we thought it might be helpful to offer a historical perspective to recent events. Performance of the equity markets over the past 5 years has clouded investors prospective of how volatile the stock market can be.
By J. Michael Martin | August 2015
Last Wednesday, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) announced a 1.9% devaluation of its currency, the largest in its history! The Dow Jones Industrial Average quickly plunged to a new low for 2015, down about 1.5% in just a couple hours! The dollar price of the 10 yr. U.S. Treasury bond rose +1.2% on the news, and European stocks closed down -2.7% on the day (London closes at 11:00 AM New York time).
By Benjamin Yeung | August 2015
When looking for help from experts in the financial world, a common concern is how to choose who to trust. Financial professionals are governed by guidelines to ensure that they do not take advantage of their privileged position. These guidelines are codified under a “standard of care.”
There are two very distinct standards of care for financial professionals: the fiduciary standard and the suitability standard.