Holiday gift giving alternatives

Although the holiday season is supposed to be a relaxing and memorable time spent with family and loved ones, many people often feel pressured to find the perfect gift. Grandparents and parents in particular may find it difficult to get gifts that younger family members really want and will find…

The stock market sees its shadow

Commentators often call a decline in stock prices after a sustained rise a “correction,” as if the previous rise was somehow an error. Normally, we refrain from such nomenclature, because no one knows what drives share prices in the short run. But in the case of recent declines in U.S.…

Charlie’s month-end reading list

Here are a few items for your “back to school” reading list: The first piece, "Baby boomers who refuse to sell are dominating the housing market," is a Bloomberg article by Prashant Gopal that examines the lack of supply in the U.S. housing market. Real estate website Trulia notes that people 55…

The season of giving…stocks?

At year end, individuals tend to look to minimize taxes through tax-loss selling or giving money to charity. However, gifting appreciated stocks to charity is an often-forgotten tactic that can fulfill your charitable inclination and benefit your tax bill. Any gift to a charity, (for most people) allows a tax…

Charlie’s month-end reading list

Here are a few articles that piqued our interest this month. Check them out! Holly Fletcher contributes an article to USA Today titled “Why more than half of hospital bills don’t get paid.” As deductibles and copays rise and insurance companies pay less, working people are responsible for an increasing…

Charlie’s month-end reading list

Hello Ramparts readers…here are a few articles that caught our eye this month at Fort Pitt Capital. Check them out! The first piece, “Taxpayers may be funding billionaires’ biggest apartment deals,” by Sarah Mulholland of Bloomberg, examines Freddie Mac’s plans to finance two large multifamily housing deals totaling more than…