The Daily Dough

Our team hand picks relevant articles every week. Check out what’s new below.


Strong Employment is the Driver

Monday, December 9, 2019 - After what looked to be a tough week for the markets amid President Trump’s comments that it may be late 2020 before we can establish a trade accord with China, Friday’s job report erased most of the mess created. The market rallied back from its losses for the first week of December.

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The FBI is Warning Us About Smart TVs

The FBI sent this stark warning: “Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home. A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that your unsecured TV can give him or her an easy way in the backdoor through your router. Hackers can also take control of your unsecured TV. At the low end of the risk spectrum, they can change channels, play with the volume, and show your kids inappropriate videos. In a worst-case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom TV's camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you.”

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How to pick the ‘right’ amount to spend on holiday gifts – according to an economist

While retailers relish the holiday shopping season as a time when consumers open their purses or wallets, for many consumers – especially those who do not like shopping – these days are filled with dread. They mark moments when shoppers clog malls, websites become overloaded and delivery trucks block streets. The entire process generates untold amounts of stress and anxiety.

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Carving Up a Portfolio and that Thanksgiving Pie

How do you carve up your portfolio pie to minimize risk and protect it from market troubles, like what we’re seeing through Thanksgiving 2018? Through smart asset allocation, aided by diversification and rebalancing.

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Thanksgivings From Your Financial Advisor

Every Thanksgiving Day, I gather my kids around the table and we tell each other what we’re thankful for. So gather around my financial planning table and let me share what I’m thankful for

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Stocks and GDP

We are bombarded with text messages, Facebook ads, and special doorbuster-emails announcing purported “best-ever” sales on Black Friday (and some of the deals are pretty darn amazing). Then we are urged to do our technology shopping on Cyber Monday.

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Will the Santa Rally Come Early in 2019?

The Stock Trader’s Almanac found that since 1950, the average movement in the S&P 500 Index during this period of seven trading days has been a gain of approximately 1.4%.

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Giving Tuesday: A Global Day for Giving Back

November brings us Thanksgiving – a day for simply giving thanks. The 11th month also brings us Black Friday and Cyber Monday – two days encouraging us to shop. And since 2012, November offers us #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving where we can come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give back.

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Year-End Donations and #GivingTuesday

With its blinking lights, family traditions, and festive music, December is the most wonderful time of the year. And according to Charity Navigator, the month of December really is wonderful because December sees approximately 30% of all annual charitable giving occur.

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Cyber Monday

Monday, December 2, 2019 - The holiday season is officially here and consumers are in position to have a massive effect on the markets. The Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite all closed on highs Wednesday, rebounding from last week’s poor showing. However, after Thanksgiving, we saw a slight dip in these indices on Black Friday. The Dow Jones fell 112.59 points (-0.40%), the S&P 500 fell 12.65 points (-0.40%), and the Nasdaq Composite Index fell 39.70 points (-0.46%).

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