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Wage Growth Steps Up

Commentary from Brain Wesbury, Chief Economist at First Trust. Friday's jobs report finally included what appears to be evidence of the long-awaited acceleration ...
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US Stops Subsidizing Global Growth

By Brian Wesbury, Chief Economist of First Trust ...
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Financial planning explained

Here’s some good news: you can positively affect your level of economic success by planning for your future instead of “winging” it. Without ...
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The Kevlar Economy

Brian Wesbury, Chief Economist for First Trust coined the phrase "Plowhorse Economy" to describe the sluggish economy from 2008 to 2016. He's now ...
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Profits Surge at Big U.S. Firms

The Wall Street Journal reports that "America’s biggest companies are reporting some of the strongest earnings growth since the recession, boosted by lowered ...
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Annuity Q&A

A Reader Asks: “Should I use annuities as a temporary investment?” ...
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The Economic Surge

Brian S. Wesbury, Chief Economist at First Trust commenting on economic growth. Paul Krugman, Larry Summers and Bob Gordon have some 'splainin to ...
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The Market Significance of U.S.-Russia Ties

The press and members of both parties have attacked President Trump for his words during the press conference at the summit with Putin ...
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Too Many Choices Lead Investors Astray

Ordering Off a Menu with 25,000 Options When you sit down in a restaurant and the waitress offers you a menu with a ...
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The Risks of Do-It-Yourself Retirement Plans

Do-It-Yourself Retirement Planning? A report recently published by the Federal Reserve Bank on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households, discusses what people have ...
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Job Market: From Strength to Strength

First Trust Chief Economist Brian S. Wesbury on the job report: The U.S. labor market is going from strength to strength. Like with ...
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Thoughts on the “Trade War” and why I’m not worried.

The press has been busy warning about the devastation that is coming if there’s a trade war. References to Smoot-Hawley and the Great ...
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Dow Jones Drops General Electric (GE) from the “Blue Chip” DJIA

The Wall Street Journal announced that GE will be replaced by Walgreens in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). GE was the only ...
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Financial Questions Millennials Ask: “What is the best way to save for the future outside of a work retirement plan?”

A young professional asks: “I am 27 years old and have finally worked myself into a well-paying job. I want to make the ...
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4 Keys to Financial Peace

Financial peace arrives when you no longer have to worry about your income being sufficient to cover your expenses.  It’s a great feeling ...
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General Electric News

General Electric, once one of the world’s biggest conglomerates, may be on the verge of breaking up. GE was the worst performer in ...
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Major Brokers Don't Want Investors Under $250,000

As the major investment firms woo the millionaires and billionaires, they are working to drop the "smaller" investors.  There are several ways they ...
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Harried 401(k) Sponsors Put Their Faith in Advisors

From Financial Advisor IQ: The ever-harsher spotlight on 401(k) plan fees may benefit advisors as more plan sponsors hire them to (let’s not ...
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RIAs continue to surge while full-service brokerage firms sputter

From Investment News: Independent registered investment advisors and discount brokers are expected to continue picking up market share from traditional brokerage firms this ...
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5 Ways of Maxing Out Your 401(k)

Begin early.  Sign up to contribute to your company’s 401(k) the first day at work.  Even if you can’t contribute a lot at ...
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What do investors want?

When you feel ill and go to a doctor, what do you want?  The doctor sees you as a patient whose ills he has ...
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Getting professional advice in your 401(k)

The employer-provided pension plan is going the way of the Dodo and Social Security does not provide the level of retirement income that ...
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Brokers Pressured to Keep Promoting High-Margin Products

Want to contribute to Merrill's bottom line?  From the Wall Street Journal February 25, 2013. NEW YORK--The largest retail brokerages in the nation ...
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