Laird Norton Wealth Management Is Celebrating 50 Years and New Initiatives

Community, Money Matters, NextGen, On the Job

Much has changed in Seattle, in the US, and in world since 1967. What remains the same is Laird Norton’s commitment to independence, objectivity and doing what is best for our clients.

“In a year of significant change and uncertainty, we want to be a stronghold of trust, and that’s why we’re celebrating and reflecting on our successes of the past 50 years as we open new doors to the future,” says Bob Moser, president and CEO of Laird Norton Wealth Management. … Read More

MOONed by Medicare

Money Matters, Wellbeing

Older man in hospital bed looking at his cell phoneDid you know that you could be admitted to a hospital as an outpatient? This could cost you big if you’re on Medicare!

Yes, you can be in the hospital and still be classified as an “outpatient.” Because many people do not realize this, starting March 8, 2017, Medicare will actually require hospitals to notify you within 36 hours if your status has changed to outpatient. That notice is called the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON). … Read More

Monday Morning Mix: Feb. 6 – 12, 2017

Monday Morning Mix

Headlines discussed at LNWM’s Monday morning briefing:

US stocks rose to another record, on higher 4th quarter 2016 earnings and potential tax reform.
Daniel Tarullo will resign from the 7-member US Federal Reserve Board, leaving three seats open.
Sales at US wholesalers jumped 2.6% in Dec., the largest increase since March 2011.
The Indian central bank did not lower its key interest rate (6.25%), signaling easy credit may be ending.
OPEC has implemented 90% of its pledged cuts to oil output, while demand for oil is expected to rise.

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Stock Market Volatility: Why So Low?

Money Matters

Stock Volatility IndexLast week, as I was working on our monthly Flash Report to clients, I couldn’t help but notice this: In January, anticipated stock market volatility fell to a really low level — 12, as measured by the Volatility Index, or VIX (see chart at left). The VIX is down 40% from a year ago, and 30% from six months ago. Given that there’s lots of uncertainty in the markets, how can this be? … Read More

Monday Morning Mix: Jan 30 – Feb. 5, 2017

Monday Morning Mix

Headlines discussed at LNWM’s Monday morning briefing:

US wage growth stalled in Jan., despite job gains, making a Fed interest rate hike in March less likely.
The Trump administration intends to roll back post-crisis financial regulations; stocks rallied on news.
A US border tax is part of the tax reform legislation being developed by US House Republicans.
The Eurozone is facing higher odds for another exit (Greece again), as it negotiates Britain’s exit.
Japan’s economy has grown four quarters in a row (through 4Q 2016), as weaker yen helps exports.

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