Break Through The Clutter!

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When was the last time you spring cleaned your house?  Many of us do some form of spring cleaning in our homes regularly.6

But what about our financial "homes"?

It can be easy to forget about the clutter and red tape that builds up in our finances.  When we do, we can end up with some serious clutter. 

And that can have very real consequences.

In fact, it won't just take up space. Clutter can also waste our energy, time, and even money.7

So, how can we deal with the financial clutter so it doesn't get in our way?  Let's find out by checking out some simple and painless financial spring cleaning tips.



1) Purge the Paper

Go paperless for recurring bills and monthly financial statements. Also, go through the financial documents you have on hand and shred the old paperwork you don't need any more. If there are papers you need to keep, make a digital version by scanning them. Not sure what you need to keep? Consult with your financial professional to make the decision. 

Pro Tip: Got a lot of paper? Let technology help you out! Apps can help you digitize and organize your paper records. Also, visit to stop getting irritating mail solicitations, like credit card applications and loan preapprovals.

2) Audit your subscriptions 
Review ALL of your subscriptions and cancel any you no longer use or need. That includes subscriptions for streaming services, software, magazines and newspapers, gaming, and even product deliveries. 

Pro Tip: Use your credit card and bank statements to figure out all of your subscriptions, so you don't overlook any. Also, consider signing up for subscriptions using the same card, so it's easier to audit them in the future.

3) Consolidate accounts 
How many bank accounts, retirement accounts, and brokerage accounts do you have? Are they at different financial institutions? This type of account sprawl can get complicated fast. It can also mean paying lots of maintenance fees. Take a careful look at your accounts and try to consolidate them. Look at both reducing the number of accounts you have and consolidating your accounts at fewer institutions. 

Pro Tip: Check out account fees and requirements as you decide which ones to keep versus shut down. And don't forget to look at transfer fees too, especially if you're moving money around to streamline your accounts. Consider asking a financial professional for advice to avoid unnecessary fees or inconvenient restrictions.

4) Automate savings 
Set up regular transfers to a designated savings account. Choose a comfortable amount you can stick with. If you don't know how much to set aside, start with a number you know you can commit to. And if you're already doing this, check your automatic transfers and consider whether now's a good time to adjust or increase them. 

Pro Tip:  If your savings account is already pretty healthy, reroute your automatic deposits into a retirement account, college fund, or investment account. Also, consider earmarking chunks of cash you get, like annual tax refunds, for savings too.

5) Back it up 
Create a "master" file as a "key" to explain how your backups are organized and where to find what information. You can also organize financial access passwords with a secure password manager. This reorganization can help you out with your next financial spring cleaning. This can also give you a head start on estate planning, allowing an estate executor to access all of your digital assets and information.

Pro Tip: Create backups of your important financial documents and account information.  If you’re an Eagle Wealth client, an easy way to do this is to upload them to the vault in your personal financial website,  Wealthview

6) Check in with your bigger financial goals 
How are you doing on your financial goals, big and small? What progress have you made and where are you falling short? Reviewing where you're at, how far you've come, and where you want to be can help you figure out when and how to adjust course, so you stay on track. 

Pro Tip: Turn this step into a conversation so you can get feedback and a fresh perspective. Talking about your bigger financial goals can motivate you to stick with them.  

No matter how old you are or how much money you have, financial clutter can pile up pretty fast.  But a little financial spring cleaning can bring major rewards.  Please give us a call if we can help.

Happy Spring Cleaning,

Your Eagle Wealth Team






Spring Showers Bring . . . Rainwater Collecting?

We all know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” but spring showers also bring an excellent opportunity to collect rainwater! Collecting rainwater is a great way to conserve water, decrease water bills, lower demand for freshwater resources, slow erosion in dry environments, and reduce flooding.

Collecting rainwater at home can be simple. One way is to collect the runoff from your gutter in a bucket or container. You can then use that water for gardening, watering indoor plants, filling the toilet tanks, washing your car, or storing it as emergency water in the case of a fire. While rainwater collection is legal in all 50 states, be aware that some states have restrictions on collecting and using it, so check them before you begin!

Tip adapted from Treehugger.com6



The Week on Wall Street

Stocks rallied last week, propelled by growing optimism over reaching a deal on raising the debt ceiling and avoiding a technical debt default by the U.S.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged 0.38% higher, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 1.65%. The Nasdaq Composite index advanced 3.04% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, lost 0.47%.1,2,3


Possible Debt Deal

After stumbling on weak April retail sales and a combination of disappointing earnings and weak guidance from a major retailer, stocks moved higher mid-week as the news on the debt negotiations turned more positive. 

The prospect of an agreement helped to lift a cloud of uncertainty that had weighed on markets in recent weeks and sparked sufficient optimism to shake off comments by the Dallas Fed President, who indicated that economic data may not support a pause in rate hikes yet. Aiding the market’s upbeat mood was a positive update on deposit growth at a troubled regional bank.

Stocks surrendered some of the week’s gains on Friday following reports of an impasse on debt talks and comments by Fed Chair Powell. 

Housing Mixed

Recent updates have suggested that the housing market may be staging a turnaround after a long period of contraction. Last week’s data contained some fresh evidence of revival and caution that any potential recovery may remain further out.

The first positive sign was an increase in home builder sentiment that put the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index’s confidence level at the midpoint for the first time since July 2022. An unexpected 2.2% rise in housing starts in April followed. These encouraging reports, however, were followed by a disappointing 3.4% decline in April existing home sales.4, 5, 6





Tuesday:  Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) Composite. New Home Sales
Wednesday:  FOMC Minutes
Thursday:  Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Jobless Claims
Friday:  Consumer Sentiment. Personal Income and Outlays. Durable Goods Orders

 Source: Econoday, May 19, 2023
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 Monday:  Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (ZM)
Tuesday:  Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (PANW), AutoZone, Inc. (AZO), Intuit, Inc. (INTU)
Wednesday:  Nvidia Corporation (NVDA), Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), Snowflake, Inc. (SNOW)
Thursday:  Costco Corporation (COST), Marvell Technology, Inc. (MRVL), Workday, Inc. (WDAY)

Source: Zacks, May 19, 2023
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1. The Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2023

2. The Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2023

3. The Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2023

4. National Association of Home Builders, May 16, 2023.

5. Fox Business, May 17, 20236. The Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2023



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