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March 2017

The Real Unemployment Rate: A Deeper Look at the February Jobs Report

2017-03-10T17:57:01+00:00

Image courtesy of Conservative Review The Real Unemployment Rate: A Deeper Look at the February Jobs Report   Barry Armstrong Founder and President, Armstrong Advisory Group   As of February 2017, the official U.S. unemployment rate was down to 4.7%1.  That is a far lower number than its 10-year high of 10% in October 20091.  Although these

The Real Unemployment Rate: A Deeper Look at the February Jobs Report2017-03-10T17:57:01+00:00

The Massachusetts Millionaire’s Tax

2017-03-03T17:51:05+00:00

(Image courtesy of the Pioneer Institute) The Massachusetts Millionaire’s Tax   Barry Armstrong Founder and President, Armstrong Advisory Group   Although the elections scheduled for November 6, 2018, are far off on the horizon, one consequential ballot question in Massachusetts is starting to take shape.  Dubbed the Income Tax for Education and Transportation Amendment, the

The Massachusetts Millionaire’s Tax2017-03-03T17:51:05+00:00

February 2017

Surviving and Thriving in the Gig Economy

2017-08-29T20:43:25+00:00

(Image courtesy of The New York Times) Surviving and Thriving in the Gig Economy   Barry Armstrong Founder and President, Armstrong Advisory Group   As our world continues to evolve, the gig economy continues to grow.  The basis of the gig economy is the idea that workers are no longer beholden to one specific company

Surviving and Thriving in the Gig Economy2017-08-29T20:43:25+00:00

Millennial Mayhem

2017-08-29T20:45:03+00:00

(Image courtesy of The Wall Street Journal) Millennial Mayhem   Barry Armstrong Founder and President, Armstrong Advisory Group   The American dream describes the idea that every American has an opportunity to become prosperous and successful because of their own hard work.  The idea and its associated outcomes are certainly not impossible to attain today. 

Millennial Mayhem2017-08-29T20:45:03+00:00

The Dangers of Doing It Yourself

2017-02-10T21:59:16+00:00

(Image courtesy of Entrepreneur.com) The Dangers of Doing It Yourself Barry Armstrong Founder and President, Armstrong Advisory Group   Many investors have made it a point to manage their own investment portfolios.  In the financial services industry, we call these people do-it-yourself (DIY) investors.  It is true that there are DIY investors who are mostly

The Dangers of Doing It Yourself2017-02-10T21:59:16+00:00

Hurdles to Retirement

2017-02-02T21:46:06+00:00

Hurdles to Retirement   Barry Armstrong Founder and President, Armstrong Advisory Group   Ten years ago, the labor participation rate was 66.2%1.  As of March 2017, that number was down to 63.0%1.  The rapidly growing number of workers entering retirement is likely driving the decline in the labor participation rate.  Despite the growing number of

Hurdles to Retirement2017-02-02T21:46:06+00:00

January 2017

The Economics of Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

2017-01-27T09:00:18+00:00

Photo courtesy of CBS New York/Getty Images The Economics of Repealing and Replacing Obamacare   Barry Armstrong Founder and President, Armstrong Advisory Group   The Affordable Care Act (better known as “Obamacare”) became law in 2010, but the debate over health care reform has raged since Harry Truman became the first American president to propose

The Economics of Repealing and Replacing Obamacare2017-01-27T09:00:18+00:00

Realities of Real Estate Investing

2017-01-05T18:44:41+00:00

Image courtesy of Forbes Realities of Real Estate Investing   Barry Armstrong Founder and President, Armstrong Advisory Group   Real estate has become a common investment vehicle over the past few decades.  Its global prominence has accelerated thanks to tycoons such as Donald Trump, a billionaire many times over who also happens to be the

Realities of Real Estate Investing2017-01-05T18:44:41+00:00

The Real Unemployment Rate

2017-01-04T19:50:38+00:00

Image courtesy of The Wall Street Journal The Real Unemployment Rate   Barry Armstrong Founder and President, Armstrong Advisory Group   As of December 2016, the official U.S. unemployment rate was down to 4.7%1.  That is a far lower number than its 10-year high of 10% in October 20091.  Although these numbers come from the

The Real Unemployment Rate2017-01-04T19:50:38+00:00

The Trump Effect

2017-01-03T19:41:04+00:00

Image courtesy of Salon The Trump Effect   Barry Armstrong Founder and President, Armstrong Advisory Group   There is disagreement among economists about the effect new presidents have on the stock market.  Some people believe that a new president has little or no effect, while some think otherwise.  Can Democratic control of the White House

The Trump Effect2017-01-03T19:41:04+00:00