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What in the world is going on in the global economy?

I was recently quoted in an article by Stephen Pounds of Bankrate.com which shed light on some economic “trouble spots” around the globe. The article, “Top 7 ways the global economy can affect you,” captured only a brief bit of our thinking. We wanted to offer Ramparts readers a couple more of our ideas on… Continue reading →

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Interest rates left unchanged

As indicated by the Fed Funds futures contracts, the Federal Reserve (Fed) held steady with interest rates at its September meeting. The markets priced in less than a 25 percent chance of an interest rate increase and the FOMC did not disappoint. Although Janet Yellen, along with other Fed voters, have insinuated in the past… Continue reading →

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Employee Spotlight: Lauren Oldham

Tell us about your role at Fort Pitt Capital Group I am part of the operations team here at Fort Pitt, so I help with “behind-the-scenes” work – anything from marketing, event planning, blog and website maintenance, IT troubleshooting, and more. As an IT business analyst, I work alongside Todd Douds, and we are currently… Continue reading →

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Don’t be fooled by “poison dart frog” investments

This week, I returned to CNBC “Closing Bell” to weigh in on current economic conditions and the mistakes investors make when searching for safety in a down market. During the panel, I stressed that it is more important for investors to look at their current portfolio, and evaluate stock-by-stock to determine if they feel comfortable… Continue reading →

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Get ahead: Holiday survival tips for your wallet

To avoid a major holiday hangover for your budget, the key is to start early and plan ahead. The more prepared you are for the holiday spending deluge, the better off your finances will be after the holidays are behind us. Travel plans, parties and gifts can leave a person’s wallet empty during the hectic… Continue reading →

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