Closing out the first half of 2017

As we close out the first half of 2017, many of the major U.S. equity indices are at or very near all-time highs, equity market volatility is exceptionally low (Vix hovering around 10), unemployment, at just 4.3%, is at levels not seen since mid-2001, and inflation, although creeping upwards ever so slightly, remains benign. At the same time, the yield curve is flattening as intermediate and longer term bond yields are trending lower once again as are the prices for some commodities – most notably oil which is now below $44/bbl.

 

 

BLB&B Advisors Named to 2017 Financial Times 300 Top RIA

BLB&B Advisors, LLC, is pleased to announce it has been named to the 2017 edition of the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers. The list recognizes top independent RIA firms from across the U.S. 

BLB&B Advisors, LLC, is one of only 14 firms selected throughout Pennsylvania.

This is the fourth annual FT 300 list, produced independently by the Financial Times in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides business intelligence on the investment management industry.

Applicants were graded on six factors: assets under management (AUM); AUM growth rate; years in existence; advanced industry credentials of the firm's advisers; online accessibility; and compliance records. There are no fees or other considerations required of RIAs that apply for the FT 300.

The final FT 300 represents an impressive cohort of elite RIA firms, as the "average" practice in this year's list has been in existence for 24 years and manages $2.7 billion in assets. The FT 300 Top RIAs hail from 37 states and Washington, D.C. 

Read the article at the Financial Times
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BLB&B Advisors, LLC, is a Pennsylvania-based investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Investment Adviser Act of 1940. Registration as an investment advisor does not imply a certain level of skill or training. The verbal and written communications of an investment advisor provide you with information you need to determine whether to hire or retain the advisor. Past performance is not indicative of future returns.

The 2017 Financial Times Top 300 Registered Investment Advisors is an independent listing produced by the Financial Times (June, 2017). The FT 300 is based on data gathered from RIA firms, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. This rating is not indicative of future performance. Individual account experience may vary. This material is not financial advice or an offer to sell any product.

BALANCING BUSINESS NEEDS AND PERSONAL WEALTH

Aligning the Finances of Business and Family

Your family business is much more than a career; it’s the culmination of a lifetime’s worth of passion, commitment, late nights and working weekends. There’s no question that the responsibilities and demands of running a business can be all-consuming. So many people – from clients and suppliers to your employees and their families – depend on the critical decisions you make every day.

 

 

 

The Path to Debt-Free Graduates

According to its most recent survey of college pricing, the College Board estimates that an “average” four-year private university degree now costs $197,280, with that amount expected to double by 2030. As a result, more than two-thirds (68%) of today’s graduates are entering the workforce with college loan debt, and the average outstanding debt amount per student exceeds $30,000.1

 

 

 

Important 2017 Tax Deadlines

Set forth below are a variety of tax deadlines that may apply to you in 2017. As always, please check with your tax advisor before taking action or failing to take action with regard to any of the items listed below. Also, please note that this is not a complete list of all tax deadlines and you should touch base with your tax advisor as there may be other deadlines that pertain to your personal tax situation.

 

 

Please Save the Date!

BLB&B Advisors, in conjunction with College Pursuit and the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, is pleased to present

An Evening with Celebrated Athlete, Adventurer, and Author

Erik Weihenmayer

 

 

Possible Changes are Coming….

We wanted to make you aware of possible changes that may be coming to BLB&B due to a variety of governmental regulations that were approved in 2016 and are supposed to take effect in 2017. As you may already know, last year the Department of Labor (“DOL”) passed over a thousand pages of new regulations related to the investment industry. These regulations have the potential to fundamentally change how our industry and the firms within it operate. Probably the most visible change on the horizon relates to retirement accounts (401Ks, 403Bs, IRAs, etc.).