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Archive for January, 2017

Posted January 31st, 2017

Stock Market Zooming Toward a Securities Giving Boom or Bust?

Last week the Dow Jones Industrials Average closed at over 20,000 points, a record high that was inconceivable eight years ago. Back in March 2009, the Dow had fallen 54 percent in 17 months, from over 14,000 in October 2007 to just over 6,500. Last week, the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Nasdaq Composite… read more

Posted January 10th, 2017

What Do Rising Interest Rates Mean for Charitable Giving?

Perhaps we’re about to see. In the early to mid-1980s, interest rates were high and gift annuities were out of favor. Why out of favor? Because a fixed payment rate less than the prevailing safe interest rate is a sure money loser. Rising interest rates, even if not yet “high,” ratchet down the value of… read more

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