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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Plan for tomorrow, today.That seems like sensible advice, doesn't it? Yet a surprising number of people leave no estate plan in place for their survivors. It makes a certain amount of sense. Nobody likes talking about death. But this...

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

When a business has multiple owners, it's vital that you have a mechanism to transfer ownership in case of an adverse event. Without a plan that all parties have agreed upon, it's much easier for personal and legal disputes to crop up...

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

It’s time for your life insurance checkup.September is National Life Insurance Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to review your coverage.1If you don’t have any life insurance, you’re not alone. Life...

Monday, August 16, 2021

Have you ever heard the Wall Street expression, "markets climb a wall of worry?"It's the idea that financial markets are constantly on edge. Traders fret about how long a market rally can continue before it runs into trouble. Worry...

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

On July 6, oil prices reached a six-year high of $76.98 a barrel. This benchmark came as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies failed to reach an agreement regarding an increase in production.1This...

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Monday, July 12, 2021

With June officially behind us, it’s time to face the facts: we’re headed toward the second half of 2021. While there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the rest of summer, we encourage you to slow down and check up on...

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Inflation can be a scary word for people who are retired. It’s code for “prices are going up, but my income may stay the same.”The most recent reading on consumer prices put inflation back into the conversation. The...

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Since the 1980s, unemployment rates have trended higher amongst men than women during a recession. In previous periods of economic downturn, this made sense. Male-dominated industries, like construction and finance, were typically...

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Investors looking for "green shoots" to confirm that the economy is on the mend have seen plenty of examples in recent weeks. Retail sales rose 9.8% in March, the largest monthly gain since May 2020. It's important to remember that...

Monday, March 29, 2021

Among the many changes arising from the pandemic, one of the most noticeable was a change in American spending habits.A survey released in March 2021 by Pew Research shows that Americans have increasingly chosen to put away what extra...

Monday, March 8, 2021

I’m sure you’ve heard that the House recently passed the Senate another round of stimulus to try and counteract the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new stimulus package could narrow income eligibility to...

Monday, February 22, 2021

It can be easy to overlook the nation’s solid economic fundamentals when the financial media splashes stories every day about an army of amateur traders, short-selling mania, and initial public offerings (IPOs) that double in...

Monday, February 1, 2021

You may have heard the news about stocks for certain companies suddenly ballooning, quickly going from lunch money prices to several hundred dollars a share. In one case, the shares rose over 1700% since December 2020.1 So, what...

Monday, January 18, 2021

The personal savings rate in the United States, which is the amount of income left after taxes and household spending, has reached some significant milestones.In April, when much of the country stayed home to avoid the COVID-19...

Monday, January 11, 2021

The first week of 2021 has already had many ups and downs. Just because it’s a new year doesn’t mean that the 2020 issues go away, and so far, 2021 has been no exception to this rule.The markets opened on January 4 and...

Friday, December 11, 2020

Your investment strategy is a lot like a marriage. One day you may feel like everything’s going swimmingly. The next day, there might be an argument over who forgot to load the dishwasher. And even the best marriages and...

Thursday, November 26, 2020

As the United States sees a rise in cases of COVID-19 across the nation, news of two promising vaccines out of hundreds being tested has offered a ray of hope for a fatigued world.1A positive reaction to these vaccines affects every...

Monday, November 9, 2020

With all the election chatter and stock market volatility, it may have been easy to miss the ongoing uptrend in long-term interest rates.The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond is sitting just below 1%. Just a few short months ago, the...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

It should come as no surprise that the economy is the most crucial issue in the upcoming election.But here's something that may surprise you. More than 90% of investors say they plan to change their portfolio in the 12 months...

Monday, October 19, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Americans are spending more time at home than ever before, leading to a record amount of spending on home improvement.1It’s not that big of a surprise since many Americans now find their homes are doing triple...

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Right now, many Americans are worried about their financial health due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the country. Adding to these concerns were July's consumer prices— excluding food and energy—which rose at the...

Friday, August 7, 2020

One of my favorite Wall Street quotes is from Mark Twain, who said:“October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June,...

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

With the economy and financial markets flashing mixed signals, it’s no wonder that lawmakers are deadlocked on whether to pass a Phase 4 of the CARES Act. More than $3 trillion in stimulus has been pushed into the economy since...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Hindsight is 20/20. It’s only human to imagine what it might have been like to turn left instead of right on some fateful day. However, that sort of daydreaming is unhelpful when investing, especially when it leads you to try and...

Monday, May 4, 2020

The COVID-19 virus has Infected a lot more than people. Even if you don't have the virus, chances are it's had some impact on your money and personal finances.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Are you eligible for a stimulus check from the Treasury Department? Here are some of the frequently asked questions (FAQ) many people are asking.

Monday, April 6, 2020

In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, we'd like to share our list of ideas to celebrate the indispensable people who keep our offices running so that we can focus on growing our businesses.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” (“CARES”) Act was recently signed into law. The CARES Act is designed to help those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also providing key provisions that may benefi

Thursday, April 2, 2020

In light of current events and potential financial difficulties caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Treasury, IRS, and Federal Government have announced several changes to tax season deadlines. Here is an overview of what you need to know.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

EXCITING NEWS! The BRAND NEW Bridger Financial Group website has launched! 🚀 We’d love for you to come take a look! Our site features hundreds of videos, articles, and calculators to educate, entertain, and answer your questions...

Thursday, March 12, 2020

There’s been no shortage of scary things in the news lately. From the images of panicked selling on the stock market floor to press conferences with the World Health Organization officials, it seems like anything could happen...

Monday, March 9, 2020

On Saturday, March 7th our team headed to Akron, OH for the annual 21st Century Financial Awards Celebration! Congratulations to Bridger President Melanie Colusci for winning Silver Advisor of the Year! She also qualified for HTK...

Sunday, September 1, 2019

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Liz Carlson to Financial Advisor! Liz has been with Bridger Financial Group since 2016, having titles ranging from Intern to Marketing Director to Senior Client Associate. “It went by...

Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company (Penn Mutual) is pleased to announce Melanie Colusci, CFP®, AEP®, as the recipient of the 2019 Rob Holmes Financial Professional of the Year Award.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Bridger Financial Group, a Pittsburgh, PA-based financial services firm, is pleased to announce that Melanie Colusci has been recognized by broker-dealer and registered investment adviser, Hornor, Townsend & Kent, LLC (HTK), as one of...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

It was great to see so many of you at the Get Your Paper Organized event at the Sewickley Public Library! Certified Financial Planner™ Melanie Colusci joined forces with Certified Professional Organizer® Sandra Lane to share...

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Clients and friends of Bridger Financial group donned their favorite black and gold for the Black and Gold Party aboard the Gateway Clipper. During our 3-hour cruise, guests enjoyed beautiful Pittsburgh views, a tasty dinner, a...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thank you to the guys that joined us at Axe Throwing Pittsburgh - LumberjAxes for making our men’s event such a success. The guys enjoyed ditching the age-old meeting for axe throwing, beer drinking and connecting with friends!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Melanie Colusci and Certified Professional Organizer Sandra Lane hosted a collaborative event jam-packed with tips and tricks on how to tackle the paper monster that many of us have. Melanie gave an informative presentation on what...

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Bridger Financial Group hosted a client appreciation event aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet in downtown Pittsburgh. Clients and their guests spent three hours on the river while enjoying a dinner buffet, drinks and a beautiful evening...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Melanie Colusci and the Bridger Financial Group team hosted a fun event for clients and their friends that featured both Style Truck, Pittsburgh's first mobile boutique, and House of Colour style consultant Julie Shields. Melanie...