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Trends in the ETF Market

In recent months, there has been a recent movement out of actively managed investments into passively managed instruments such as exchange-traded funds. Globally, ETFs gained more than $270 billion in 2016.1   An ETF is a single investment vehicle that tracks all of the securities within an index, a commodity, bonds or a group of…

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A 100-Year Lifespan: Ways to Help Increase Enjoyment

The average life expectancy of a baby born in the U.S. today is 80 years. However, this prediction assumes prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of birth stay the same throughout a person’s life.1 In reality, patterns of mortality improve over time thanks to discoveries and innovations in nutrition and medical science. If you…

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Infrastructure Could Bridge Political Divide

Is it a secret that American politics are contentious, divided and rocky? Yet, one topic has the potential to bring both sides to the table: Infrastructure.   The Republicans and Democrats may not agree on the details; after all, infrastructure spending necessitates funding. Conservatives worry about additional taxes or increasing government debt, while liberals oppose…

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Global Trade: Problems and Potential Solutions

Global trade and investment have increased dramatically over the past 30 years.1 On one hand, importing lower-cost goods from other countries has saved Americans money. On the other, it has cost American jobs.   How many jobs? About 6 million from the manufacturing sector alone between 1999 and 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor…

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U.S. Jobs Update

Americans who expect to see a wide array of new jobs on the horizon may be in for a surprise. Not only are traditional full-time jobs scarcer these days — a combination of technological automation and corporate thrift — but they also aren’t what they used to be. Companies are less inclined to offer full-time…

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