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What Investors Should Know about the Markets

Global markets have been rocky so far in 2016 as signs of a slowing Chinese economy and very low energy prices have folks questioning where things are headed for the rest of the year.

Crude Awakening

The market sell-off continues, and as the slide gets more severe, we might ask ourselves, “How worried we should be?” The uncertainty and volatility is painful right now; however, we believe it will normalize as it works though four key issues:

. Falling oil prices

. Slowing growth in China

. Tighter U.S. monetary policies

What Does a Headline Really Tell Us?

Financial headlines grab us by mixing some psychology along with economics. Actually, there is a whole field of science that studies how we react to those headlines when combined with other news. It’s called the field of behavioral economics. The study offers a framework for how people frame economic outcomes; how potential gains and losses affect our economic decisions and choices.

What to make of the markets in 2016?

You don’t need a weather man to tell you when it’s raining and you don’t need us to tell you the stock market has been a volatile place the past few days - we understand it may be painful to watch.

What is Your Most Valuable Financial Asset?

Can you name your most valuable financial asset? Is it your house? Your IRA? Your valuable collection(s) (or collection(s) of valuables)? It might actually be one of the above, but more than likely it’s going to be your Social Security benefits. The future value of those benefits for a married couple with even an average work history can run close to 7 figures!!

Introducing Sarah Serling and Emma Church

Charter Oak is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Serling JD, CFP® and Emma Church as associates to the firm.

How to help protect your identity when shopping online this holiday season.

Shopping online used to be a seasonal novelty activity to find special gifts during the holiday season. Today people are increasingly purchasing items they use every day. At Charter Oak’s Portland, Maine office we have even begun ordering and paying for lunch online at a number of Old Port establishments (even though we still enjoy walking to pick it up on Exchange Street). 

For perspective outside of stock and bonds we ask…..

What's New in the Housing Market for 2015?

Home buyers and sellers finally have reason to celebrate in 2015. After almost a decade of limping along toward recovery, it seems as though the housing market has finally hit a more comfortable stride.

Question: Does money increase happiness? Answer: It's Complicated.

Its an age old question. Does more wealth lead to more happiness? Certainly society has a great deal of messaging and advertisements that claim this is true. People have tried to tackle this question for decades, and although the results have differed, one thing is certain: The relationship between money and happiness--or "well-being," --is complicated.

The Keys to Building Wealth

As financial advisors we understand that for many Americans, building true wealth might seem elusive, even illusory considering that many people, who recently were sitting on six and seven figure 401(k) plans and high home equity values, now feel uncertain about their plans for retirement.

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