When Frank began practicing bankruptcy law, his average client earned between $8 to $9 an hour. A decade later, his clients increasingly earn six-figure incomes. And Dave and Beth were one of Frank’s high-earning clients. At one point, the couple had amassed over $100,000 in credit card debt and were tapping their home equity line of credit to pay for a lifestyle their family simply couldn’t afford. Dave’s six-figure annual bonus was enough to cover a large part of his outstanding credit card balances, but the debt kept piling up, and they had little choice but to seek out Frank’s…


Financial independence plans are coming under threat from inflation’s insidious rise. According to a government report, prices paid for everyday household items rose by 4.9% in May compared to a year earlier. Even when stripping out volatile components, like food and energy, prices were up 3.9% over the same period — the fastest in over three decades.

While these statistics might seem arbitrary at face value, it’s essential to understand the context. For example, the latest inflation figure comes in stark contrast to its 2.5% average over the past 30 years. …


Life changing money. That’s what happened to John Ratcliff. In 2013 the software developer from Colorado purchased 150 Bitcoin. Today, his $15,000 bet is worth millions as the price of cryptocurrencies (crypto) skyrocketed. Another individual who also came into life-changing money this year is Vitalik Buterin. The 27-year-old college dropout and co-founder of Ethereum is now the world’s youngest crypto billionaire as Ether went from $130 in 2020 to over $4,000 in 2021.

Stories like Ratcliff’s and Buterin’s have led to a crush of demand for the popular new asset class. To be sure, rapid price appreciation in crypto over…


City streets had been flooded for hours before the hurricane made landfall in Louisiana on the morning of August 29, 2005. Levees all around New Orleans had collapsed, and by 5 a.m., the city’s largest canal, the 17th Street Canal, failed.

Over 1,800 souls lost their lives, and billions of dollars in damage was left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Scientists predict that once-in-a-generation natural disasters like this one may become more prevalent in the coming years, given the effects of climate change. Even so, President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan intends to address this genuine concern.

The American Jobs Plan

In a speech…


Some investors today are worried. They’re asking, “is now the right time to get into the markets?” Their primary concern is putting money to work at the top of the market, only to see their precious savings decline in a selloff. And they have good reason to be concerned. Volatility in certain parts of the financial markets remains elevated while asset prices continue to drive higher and, by many measures, are disconnected from fundamentals. So, what should an investor do to avoid losses associated with investing at the wrong time in such an environment?

Maybe you’re sitting on cash and…


Let’s face it, no one wants to be the one person that missed out on what seems to be a once-in-a-generation investment opportunity simply because you’re trying to do the right thing. This decision is especially difficult at a time when making money in the markets seems so easy. Without a doubt, the fear of missing out on a great opportunity is so powerful that in the past it had encouraged otherwise rationale investors to put money into worthless tech companies in 2000 and prompted hairdressers in Florida during the housing boom to purchase three or four rental homes they…


This past year has been a period in history that many of us would like to simply forget. Concerns about our communities’ wellbeing led to a seismic shift in the way that we work, educate our children, socialize, and go about our daily routines. Without a doubt, 2020 has been a year that has tried our livelihoods, finances, health, relationships, and most importantly, our patience. Indeed, the one word that might best characterize an experience that happened to us is: survival.

Nevertheless, chances are good that the negative factors that have forced us to hunker down are likely to ease…


Financial markets have posted notable gains month to date. And market optimism concerning the US elections has been amplified this week by hopes for a COVID vaccine. A key question for investors now is whether news of a vaccine will be enough to push risk assets higher through year-end, even as accelerating COVID infection rates threaten an already fragile economic recovery.

Without a doubt, the news of a means to quell the spread of this year’s deadly virus is a positive development for our healthcare system, our economy, and the markets. However, of particular concern remains production and distribution obstacles…


The outcome of next month’s Presidential Election is likely to be of great consequence for the US economy and financial markets. Given former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent gains in the polls, it’s possible that the market narrative driving markets could turn if Biden clinches a victory in November.

This narrative shift means that investment strategies that may have worked over the past six months could struggle to maintain their momentum as we move into the coming year. …


Market volatility can have a way of derailing your best-laid investment strategy. So, what can you do to reduce risk when markets move against you? Stay invested and get back to the basics. As with most life situations, when circumstances put up roadblocks to your goals, your first response may be to double down on your current approach instinctively. However, doing more of what you already have done may not only deplete your resources, it may also exacerbate an already untenable situation.

That’s why when markets start moving against you, one of the best things you can do from an…

Peter Donisanu

I am Chief Financial Strategist and President of Franklin Madison Advisors. I write about the markets and economy to help people get ahead in life financially.

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