The Economic Journey of Your Morning Coffee

On September 15, 2014, in Money, by D'Angelis Wealth Management

This morning 130 million Americans began their day in the same way—drinking their first cup of coffee.¹ Few, if any, took a moment during this morning ritual to contemplate or marvel the complex journey that brought their coffee from farm to kitchen table. Coffee is the U.S.’s largest food import.² It wields an economic impact [...]

Making Sense of U.S. Household Net Worth

On September 12, 2014, in Money, by D'Angelis Wealth Management

Emerging Market Opportunities

On September 8, 2014, in Investment, by D'Angelis Wealth Management

Suddenly Single: Three Steps to Take Now

On September 4, 2014, in Lifestyle, by D'Angelis Wealth Management

Volunteering in Retirement

On August 28, 2014, in Retirement, by D'Angelis Wealth Management

“This generation got no destination to hold We are volunteers of America” “Volunteers” by Jefferson Airplane¹ Those of a certain age will recall these Jefferson Airplane lyrics as a call to action, though for a different period and place. Even with the passage of time and through a lifetime of changes, the desire of baby [...]

Systematic Withdrawals in Retirement – Clear and Wrong?

On August 25, 2014, in Retirement, by D'Angelis Wealth Management

Many of us grew up with the concept that regular, periodic contributions to our retirement account was a sound investment strategy. The idea was that in a fluctuating market a regular schedule of a set investment amount, generally speaking, would mean that we bought more shares when prices were low and less shares when prices [...]

Should You Borrow from Your 401(k)?

On August 20, 2014, in Retirement, by D'Angelis Wealth Management

The average credit card balance in March 2014 was $15,252, down from its peak of $19,000 in early 2009.¹ With the average credit card annual percentage rate sitting at 14.95%, it represents an expensive way to fund spending.² Which leads many individuals to ask, “Does it make sense to borrow from my 401(k) to pay [...]

The Great Debate Continues: Active vs. Passive

On August 16, 2014, in Investment, by D'Angelis Wealth Management

Whether it’s sports, music or politics, life holds any number of “great debates”—debates that never seem to reach a conclusion. In investments, that great debate asks the question, “Active or Passive Investing: Which is Better?” The fascinating aspect of this debate is that equally intelligent people can argue polar opposite positions, leaving the rest of [...]

The New Red Scare: Chinese Ownership of U.S. Debt

On August 12, 2014, in Investment, by D'Angelis Wealth Management

Would it surprise you to hear that China owns just 8% of the total outstanding debt of the U.S. Government?¹ This still amounts to nearly $1.3 trillion, but China’s ownership of Treasury securities is well behind two major domestic owners—Social Security and the Federal Reserve.² Nevertheless, the emergence of a political and economic competitor on [...]

The Financial Literacy Crisis

On August 4, 2014, in Lifestyle, by D'Angelis Wealth Management

Imagine driving a car without a basic understanding of the rules of the road, or even how to operate it? Scary thought. Yet many Americans are operating their personal finances with only the barest minimum of knowledge. When asked five basic questions about finances and the markets, 61% of American got 3 or fewer correct. [...]

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