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The Inflation Situation

What started as a whimper at the beginning of the year has become louder with each passing month. Prices are rising all around us. Copper prices have surged to record highs. The cost of lumber has more than doubled from January lows. Even crops such as corn and coffee have jumped more than 20% since […]

Ally News

An Ally from the Beginning: 5 Reasons Why We Love Soccer and Our Commitment to Community

As the founding and lead sponsor of Charlotte’s new MLS club, Charlotte FC, we believe in the power of play and the importance of sports in building teamwork, community, and healthy habits — but what is it about soccer that we especially love? Here are a few reasons why this sponsorship and our work with […]

New Home

6 Ways to Cope With the Stress of Buying a House

Shoes are way more fun to try on than jeans and financing an SUV is a lot more exciting than a washer and dryer. But one major purchase eclipses all when it comes to both excitement and stress: buying a home. In fact, 40% of first-time homebuyers found the experience to be the most stressful […]

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Three Market Wild Cards to Watch for

The market recovery has been one for the history books, and investors have been noticeably optimistic through some tough economic times. These past few years have helped retail investors become more engaged, build their resilience to volatility and, at times, see market dips as potential buying opportunities. That’s the good news: The adage that retail […]

Savings Accounts

Set Financial Goals for Your Important Life Moments

You have big hopes and exciting dreams for your life, from throwing a memorable wedding, furnishing your dream home, or financing a new car. An important step to achieving these special moments is simple, really: Setting concrete goals. Financial goal setting doesn’t have to be overcomplicated — here’s how you can do it yourself and […]

New Home

Top 5 Questions to Ask as a First-Time Homebuyer

Anyone who’s ever watched a show on house hunting can tell you that shopping for a home can push people to the edge. From budget to location to the number of bathrooms — you have a lot to consider. Getting beyond the surface is essential to making an informed decision. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer […]


How to Use Tax-loss Harvesting to Lower Your Taxes

No one likes paying taxes. And no one is happy when an investment loses money. As an investor, you probably can’t avoid either one of these scenarios, but you can learn about tax-loss harvesting to help make the most of both. What is tax-loss harvesting? Tax-loss harvesting is a way to balance the gains in […]


IRA Contribution Limits for 2020 and 2021

When you first start saving for retirement, you might feel intimidated by all the options out there. And sure, it can be tough to wrap your head around working toward such a long-term goal. But take heart: Progress is really about the baby steps and how consistent you are about your savings. Of course, one […]

Financial News

When Your Ego Sabotages Your Investing

Stocks have calmed down over the past few weeks as temperatures rise and trading volumes drop. But just because markets are on a little spring break doesn’t mean you have to be. Quiet periods are the perfect time to strengthen your mental game. A lot of investing is about controlling your emotions and biases, believe […]

Mutual Funds

Mutual Funds: What They Are, How They Work and How to Invest in Them

Chances are, when you go to the supermarket, you don’t fill your cart up with just one item. Instead, you buy vegetables, pasta, cheese, fresh bread, maybe a nice bottle of wine — all the various ingredients you need to create a delicious meal. It’s similar to investing in mutual funds. You put your money […]

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