Holiday… Cheer?

by Barry Nelson (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) Twas the night before Christmas, when all throughout stocks There was stirring aplenty, with uncomfortable drops. The statements were flung to recycling sans care, In hopes that not looking might lighten the fare. Some found discomfort, couldn’t sleep when in beds, While visions of crises danced […]

More Turbulent Times

Any Class III rapid worth its boulders ought to be a little scary and a little fun at the same time when going through it. The last five days, especially the large point drops in the Dow over the past two days, have been a lot more scary than fun for many.  What is often […]



A few weeks ago was our family’s annual river trip. Typically, the river involved is the Lower Salmon and Snake in Idaho, but this year we opted for the Grande Ronde in Eastern Oregon.  If you’ve never floated the Grande Ronde, I highly recommend it.  The river rolls through conifer forests in a remote canyon […]

Tax Reform and Maximizing Charitable Gifts

Those over the age of 70 ½ who have a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) may be able to take advantage of a giving strategy that has taken on more significance following the recent passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). When preparing a tax return, filers take the higher of either the Standard […]

Turbulent Times

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average swinging around seemingly 1,000 points at a time over the last several days, we’re mindful that investors haven’t seen this kind of volatility for some time.  Amplifying the stock market swings is the fact that 2017 saw a historic absence of volatility in the stock market with a fairly […]