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Should I Still Be Investing in International Markets?

My first job in financial planning started in 2000, at the end of the bull market of the 1990s and you guessed it after the dot com bubble burst! What followed that burst was about ten years of underperformance of the U.S. vs. International stock market. However, currently the US Stock Market (S&P 500) has been outperforming the Broad International Market (MSCI World ex USA) for thirteen years. These fluctuations are normal and historical data shows that different markets often take turns leading in performance.

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Financial Empowerment: Why Women Need Strategic Financial Planning

There are many wonderful things to celebrate in May – the warmer days full of sunshine, beautiful blooming flowers, and of course the incredible women who have shaped our lives. While honoring mothers for their nurturing, sacrifices, and guidance, we would also like to include our appreciation for ALL women - be it aunts, stepmoms, friends, or teachers who have had a lasting positive impact on our lives.

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What I See When I Watch Basketball

There are many reasons to love spring - the temperatures are warming, the flowers are blooming, and the daylight is getting a bit longer each day. Oh yeah, and college basketball's March Madness is in full display (especially here in Woodward's home office on Tobacco Road where the Triangle area of North Carolina has three teams still competing in the Sweet 16)! Speaking of basketball, we think you'll enjoy this timely piece by the CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, David Booth, as he talks about what drives the stock market, using March Madness as the backdrop.

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3 Common Investing Mistakes

Many people start out managing their own investments. But as their earnings and assets grow, their financial needs and challenges become more complex—and continuing to go it alone could prove costly in terms of investing miscues. Consider three common mistakes that can reduce returns and increase anxiety ...

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Spring Clean Your Finances: A Comprehensive Financial Health Checklist for a Prosperous Future

As the flowers bloom and the days grow longer, spring serves as the perfect reminder that it’s time to refresh and rejuvenate. While you’re decluttering your home and tidying up your garden, don’t forget to give your finances a thorough spring cleaning as well. Just like your living space, your financial health requires attention and maintenance.

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