Investment Management

Mutual Funds Explained in Simple Terms

A mutual fund pools the money of many investors to purchase securities. The fund’s manager buys securities to pursue a stated investment strategy. By investing in the fund, you’ll own a piece of the total portfolio of securities, which could be anywhere from a few dozen to hundreds of securities. This provides you with a…

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2018 Q2Market Commentary

Looking back on our commentary written in early January we see that the S&P 500 closed at 2,673.61.  It now stands at 2,718.37 as of the close of the 2nd quarter – up a whopping 1.7% for the year.  It’s hard to put a positive spin on that kind of return but in all reality,…

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How to Roll Over Your Employer Retirement Plan

There are two types of rollovers: direct and indirect. A direct rollover is paid from your plan directly to your IRA or to your new employer’s retirement plan. The funds are never payable to you. An indirect (60-day) rollover is a payment made to you that you later roll over to an IRA or an…

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Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security was originally intended to provide older Americans with continuing income after retirement. Today, though the scope of Social Security has been widened to include survivor, disability, and other benefits, retirement benefits are still the cornerstone of the program. How do you qualify for retirement benefits? When you work and pay Social Security taxes…

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CFA Recognized as One of Baltimore’s Top Financial Advisors

We are proud to be recognized by Expertise as one of Baltimore’s Top Financial Advisors!  That’s no secret to our clients who have trusted in our fiduciary based services for 20 years.  As we celebrate 20 years in business, we are extremely grateful for the trust our clients have placed in us over the years. …

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Today is Valentine’s Day – February 14th 2018

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY – to you and all of your loved ones from all of us at Chesapeake Financial Advisors. Celebrate and embrace your life; no one will care as much about your journey in life as you  –  so share with us what that looks like so we can enjoy – along with you…

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2017 Q4 Market Commentary

It was quite a year driven by earnings growth and the hope and realization of deregulation and tax-reform. We began the year at 2,238.83 on the S&P 500 following earnings of $106.26 for 2016. In 2017 those earnings rose to $124.94 – an increase of 17.6% which is stellar by any measure. As we approach…

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2018 Retirement Plan Contribution Limit Increases

The beginning of the New Year brings increases to the contribution limits for 401k, 403b, and 457 plans. You can now contribute up to $18,500. This is an increase of $500 from 2017. Additionally, if you are over the age of 50, the catch up contribution of $6,000 per year is still allowable which means…

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3rd Quarter 2017 Market Commentary

The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a gain of 4.9% during this past quarter. It was the eighth consecutive quarter with a gain. This is the first time this has happened in 20 years. During this eight quarter period, the Dow posted a gain of 37.6%. That compares to a gain of 65.9% for the…

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