Mark Avallone

July 20, 2020 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, AIF®

Blog: The Fed Is Raising A Spoiled Teenager

Thirteen years ago last month (June 2007), the Fed Funds interest rate peaked at 5.25% and since then has been steadily declining. Apart from one short rate hike cycle in 2018, The Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed), has consistently reduced interest rates and implemented what is known as accommodative monetary policy. This accommodative policy has […]

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June 2, 2020 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, AIF®

Blog: Is This Stock Market Rally Putting Investors At Risk?

Rarely in my career have I seen such polarizing views on the direction of stocks. One view anticipates a slow recovery due to the extremely high levels of unemployment and the uncertain future of a vaccine for Covid-19. The countering view forecasts one of the most rapid financial comebacks in history, largely due to the […]

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May 27, 2020 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, AIF®

Blog: 5 Tips To Help You Prepare For The Next Market Crash

Many stock and bond investors were caught off guard by the swift and severe market downturn earlier this spring. At the market bottom, things looked dismal, and many stock and bond investors panicked. Remember, for every buyer there has to be a seller—and there were folks who sold on March 23rd when the Dow Jones […]

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April 21, 2020 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, AIF®

BLOG: What Investors Can Do Now

As any investor knows, the COVID-19 virus has recently put the stock market on a vicious roller coaster. After a quick and severe drop of almost 40%, as of April 13, the stock market has recovered almost 30%. Unfortunately, we still need another 20% bounce in order to reach our prior all-time highs. Nevertheless, the […]

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March 14, 2020 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, AIF®

BLOG: 8 Planning Tips For A More Enjoyable Retirement

As people plan for retirement, it is no longer considered the end of something but rather the beginning of a new adventure and even an exciting phase of life. The individuals and couples that I speak with envision a retirement where they’re engaged in their favorite activities, causes, and passions. This leads to the question, […]

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January 8, 2020 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, AIF®

BLOG: A Potential Risk To The Stock Market: The Return Of Inflation

The 2017 passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act added accommodative fiscal policy to the already expansionary monetary policy instituted by the Federal Reserve (the Fed). Such dual economic stimulus has not been in effect for most of the past four decades. Outside of two sharp economic and stock market crashes, these recent decades have […]

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October 4, 2019 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, AIF®

The Most Reliable Ways To Generate Retirement Income

With over 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, the question of how to pay bills during retirement is on the minds of many. I have almost daily conversations with individuals planning for their next stage of life and surprisingly, while each situation is unique, the choices all dovetail into the same five ways that cash […]

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September 25, 2019 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, AIF®

Countering Financial Illiteracy: Practical Tips For Pre-Teens

There is a growing realization that America’s youth are not prepared to make complex, or even some daily financial decisions. And in a world where private sector pensions are becoming rare, being financially literate, understanding the role of money, and being able to save for eventual retirement is becoming increasingly important. Fortunately, some colleges are […]

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August 21, 2019 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, AIF®

Love Is Lovelier The Second Time Around – 11 Tips To Keep It That Way

Frank Sinatra famously sang “love is lovelier, the second time around”. It is understandable that when love strikes again you may want to avoid the buzzkill of talking about money and finances. But planning before you tie the knot can prevent marital spats later. And with 67% of second marriages ending in divorce planning makes […]

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June 26, 2019 | Mark Avallone, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, AIF®

The Biggest Reasons You Don’t Control Your 401k Costs

I often read about how investors can lower their 401(k) costs, and the suggestion seems to be that participants have the power to control everything in their plan. This is not the case. The structure of a 401(k) plan doesn’t provide participants with all the power they need regarding costs. However, there are a few […]

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