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Monday, July 31, 2017

"Government bonds once offered risk-free return. They now offer return-free risk.”-Jim Grant

 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Five percent of the U.S. population accounts for nearly half of health care spending, and half of the population- the healthier half- accounts for only 3% of spending.-Chicago Tribune, July 13, 2017

 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Millennials have officially overtaken Baby Boomers as America’s largest living generation. Those who are between 18 to 34 years old now number 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Americans ages 51 to 69.-The Week, July 21, 2017

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In 1980, the three big Detroit automakers made $250 billion in revenue while employing 1.2 million people. In 2014, adjusted for inflation, Silicon Valley’s top three companies had about the same revenue, but employed only 137...

 

Monday, July 10, 2017

The S&P 500 was up +9.3% YTD (total return) through 6/30/17, making it 8 consecutive months of gains (and 15 ofthe last 16 months) by the $22 trillion index. The last time the S&P 500 was up in each of the first 6 months of a calendar...

 

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Last year, about half of U.S. workers who get vacation days did not use all of them, leaving 662 million vacation days on the table. According to Nathan Lump, editor of Travel and Leisure Magazine, when people take time off, they tend...

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Defending Against WannaCry Posted by Stephen Register on May 16, 2017 As you may have heard, this past Friday hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide became infected with a computer virus known as “WannaCry” (or...

 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dairy farmers in the United States made a big bet on global demand for their milk, but it hasn’t panned out. Today, The U.S. has more than 800 million pounds of American cheese in reserve, the most since 1984. The amount of...

 

Monday, May 22, 2017

In a recent survey of 26,000 investors, 41% did not understand that a diversified portfolio was “a safer investment than a single stock,” and 26% believed a moderate investment should return over 16% annually. A remarkable...

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Investors are hoping the old Wall Street cliché “sell in May and go away” won’t apply this year. In fact, the DOW, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have not fallen in the month of May since 2012. -MarketWatch, April 26, 2017

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Today, the solar power sector employs 373,807 people compared with 398,235 in the natural gas industry and 160,119 in the business of coal.-The New York Times, April 25, 2017

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

One-quarter of all Medicare spending, roughly $150 billion annually, goes to treating patients in their last year of life.- Kaiser Family Foundation, September 26, 2016

 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tax preparers top the list of professions with the highest rate of workers older than 66, with 14.2% of preparers past retirement age.- Time.com, April 5, 2017

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

On Friday, March 10, 2017, the Raleigh branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC received the assistance of volunteers from Capitol Financial Solutions. Associates spent the afternoon sorting and distributing food for families in...

 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Workers in the U.S. were leaving $24 billion a year on the table because they don’t contribute enough to take full advantage of employer’s matching 401(k) retirement-plan contributions.-MarketWatch, December 27, 2016

 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Since 1945, there have been 27 years when the S&P has achieved gains in both January and February (as it has done in 2017). The stock index then finished up for the year (on a total-return basis) in every one of those years with an...

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

For every dollar people are contributing to their retirement savings, about 40 cents is being withdrawn before they reach their late 50’s.-MarketPlace, February 13, 2017

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A short story. Our office is going to raise some money and get a gift card (or several) from Panera Bread to give to the Six Forks Station Fire Department #9 for their heroic efforts in the big fire last week. As it happened, I had...

 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Some 45% of bottled water brands are sourced from the municipal water supply- the same source as what comes out of the tap.- MarketWatch, March 12, 2017

 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Today, in America, poor diets have now surpassed smoking as the #1 cause of death and disability. -NBC Nightly News, March 7, 2017

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Apple reported having a record of $246.1 billion in cash reserves in the fourth quarter of 2016, larger than Sri Lanka’s estimated 2016 GDP. If counted as its own public company, Apple’s cash hoard by itself would be the...

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

U.S. imports made up just 15% of our GDP in 2015- which makes us less reliant on imports than almost any other country. Less than 3% of U.S. spending is on Chinese imports.-The Economist, January 26, 2017

 

Monday, February 20, 2017

“When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon

 

Friday, February 17, 2017

I had a great time at the DRA Awards dinner last night. It was good to see old friends and to meet new ones. A big shout out to Harvey Schmitt, Matt Smith, Catherine Thomas, David Bohm, David Henebry, and Michelle Murray-Carter....

 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Raleigh, NC, January 23, 2017 – Capitol Financial Solutions, a full service financial services firm with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC, as well as in Richmond, VA, today announced that three financial advisors have earned...