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Rise of the Female Breadwinner

More women have become economic forces within the modern workplace.

March 2, 2016        

All of those college degrees women are earning these days and the evolution of family structure has contributed to a mom phenomenon: about two-thirds of families rely at least in part on a mother’s income, according to a 2014 U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee report. What’s more is that women are the breadwinner or on par with their significant other’s pay in 49% of households, a recent study by Ketchum and BlogHer shows.

When "I do" Turns into "I don't agree"

Compromise is essential when it comes to taking on risk in a couple's portfolio.

When you were single, you likely made most of your investment decisions with the help of your financial advisor. As a couple, you're part of a financial committee of two, which can make life a little more complicated, especially if you and your partner don't always see eye to eye.

Now that your lives and your finances are entwined, you're likely to face some serious issues about your financial future together. Even with the best intentions, how these decisions are handled can impact your relationship – for better or worse. After all, disagreeing about money matters is often cited as one of the leading causes of separation and divorce.

Not Ready to Pronounce This Bull Market Dead

Mike Gibbs, Managing Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy, discusses the current challenges in the bull market. January 28, 2016 

Market Being Tested

The current bull market, originating in 2009, is facing its most severe test of demise since the European Union (EU) sovereign debt issues of 2010-mid-2012. It is always something (good or bad) that consumes investor attention and influences market direction in short and intermediate periods. Just as the worries over the EU sovereign debt issues held stock prices back and influenced violent declines in the S&P 500 (-16%) in 2010 and (-19%) in 2011, decent economic news, generous global central banks, and advancing earnings resulted in smooth sailing for equities as they glided almost 50% higher from mid-2012 to late 2014.

2016 Outlook: Cautiously Optimistic

January 5, 2016

2015 marked the end of the low volatility days that investors had become accustomed to. The year ended with a cautiously optimistic outlook going forward. Still, uncertainties remain plentiful going into 2016 with escalating geopolitical concerns, bifurcated global monetary policies, and the upcoming U.S. presidential election at the forefront of people’s minds.

Creating an Inheritance that Lasts Generations

Preparing your heirs for sudden wealth can help prevent unwise spending.

If you have wealth to transfer, you may worry about the sometimes adverse effect of sudden wealth and the squandering of assets within a generation.

2016 Office & Market Closings

Sytsma Wealth Strategies will be closed on the following dates in 2016, concurrent with the NYSE schedule

January 1

January 18

February 15

March 25

May 30

July 4

September 5

November 24

November 25 - SWS will be closed all day; market closes at 1:00pm

December 26

What the Fed's Rate Decision Means for You [VIDEO]

Hear Chief Economist Scott Brown discuss the FOMC's decision to raise rates for the first time since 2006.

Click here for video.

What Job Growth Means to You and the Economy

When more people enter the workforce, the job market grows and everyone wins. Here are six reasons why.

Many Americans don’t think about the job market until they’re sending out resumes. But as a primary measure of the country’s economic health, the job market and its data seep into our daily lives in countless ways large and small.

How Living to 100 Changes Our Education, Work, & Retirement

100-year lives may soon become routine. But why, asks the director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, does everyone think of longer lives as something tacked on at the end? Chip Castille explains.

Seven Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Resolve to review your estate before it's too late.

There’s a calm comfort that comes with estate planning. A sense that your family will be taken care of after you pass away (hopefully peacefully at a ripe old age). Sadly, it doesn’t always happen that way. Forgotten details can create confusion and havoc for your family – or, suck them into a time-consuming court case to get it all ironed out. Even those who think they’ve got their estate plans buttoned up can and should review – then update – those documents at least once a year. You won’t regret thoroughly reviewing your estate plan; perhaps even better, you’ll take comfort in knowing you gave your family one less thing to worry about when the time comes.