Investing vs. Paying Off Debt

What Should You Do?

We frequently get questions from clients asking us whether or not they should use any extra money they may have to reduce debt, or, whether they should invest this money instead. This question is particularly common from our younger clients who frequently face student loan debt, brand new mortgages, and the costs of starting a family. This is a difficult question and not one that many people see eye-to eye on.

 

Market Timing – Don’t Be Tempted!

After a multi-year period of relatively low volatility, U.S. equity markets recently experienced a spate of heightened volatility. In part, this volatility was brought on by worrisome economic data from China suggesting even slower economic growth may be coming and by growing concerns over the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy and when interest rates will begin to rise. As you would expect, higher equity market volatility often causes angst and concern amongst investors. Sometimes, individual investors are tempted to “sell everything” and exit equity markets until the volatility subsides and it appears “safe” to return to equities.

 

Staffing Changes at BLBB

 

As we continue to grow and in an effort to better serve our clients, we are thrilled to announce that Karen Rothenberger joined BLB&B in September as a Portfolio Administrator and that Brian Gallagher has transitioned from his position as a Portfolio Administrator into his new role at the firm as a Portfolio Analyst. Karen brings over thirty years of investment industry experience to our firm.

 

BLBB 2015 Legal Disclosures

 

Set forth below are the 2015 required legal disclosures for BLB&B Advisors, LLC. If you have any questions or concerns about these disclosures, please do not hesitate to contact your portfolio manager.