Real Returns are Very Real

As interest rates have risen lately, investments that offer a fixed rate of return have become increasingly attractive. But the long term impact of inflation must be considered when evaluating any guaranteed return.

Record Debt Levels (Video)

Credit card debt recently reached an all-time high of $1 Trillion, but what does this mean in the context of our national economic health? In this month's video blog, Nathan breaks down the stats on consumer debt to help us put these new record levels in perspective.

Asset Allocation

When it comes to building an investment portfolio, the first step is to choose which asset classes will be included. In this blog post, we break down the importance of this initial step and the different styles of portfolio management.

Mid-Year Market Update

With the first half of the year in the rear view mirror, Nathan updates us on the state of the markets, where we stand with interest rates, and the forces that have driven performance over the past 6 months.  Watch SFG's July video blog here.

Behind the Enduring Job Market (Video)

Over the past two years we've experienced one of the tightest labor markets in recent memory, which is arguably one of the primary forces preventing us from an all out recession. In this month's video blog, Nathan digs into the data to show just how strong labor has been since the pandemic, and where it may be heading.

The Two Realms of Risk

There are two ways to think about risk: one is mathematical, and the other is emotional. In this blog post we focus on the emotional side - which for most investors is the only side.

Market Recap Video

In the immortal words of Mark Twain, history doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes. In our latest video blog post, Nathan takes a look at how the market data from March compares to relevant periods of the past to paint a picture of where we stand, and where we may be headed.

The 2nd Largest Bank Failure

On March 10th of this year, Silicon Valley Bank experienced a classic "run on the bank".  And while any bank failure should be taken seriously, comparing it to past failures is a tricky task. In this blog post, we attempt to do just that.

Where is Housing Headed?

The spike in housing prices has been one of the most closely watched economic trends of the past few years, and with the aftermath of the 2008 housing crash still looming in our collective memory, some wonder if we could be headed for a similar outcome. In this video blog post, Nathan compares the conditions of the housing bubble era to those of the present to help shed some light on where the market may be headed. 

Leveling Up Your 401(k)

Most people get the basics of the 401(k), but there is more to them than meets the eye. In this blog post, we dive a little deeper into the most popular retirement savings vehicle and shed light on what you may be missing.